New picture released of £3.5bn theme park that’s ‘Britain’s answer to Disneyland’

Helen Coffey
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A new rendering of The London Resort (The London Resort)
A new rendering of The London Resort (The London Resort)

A new picture has been released of the London Resort, the £3.5bn theme park set to open in Kent in 2024.

The aerial rendering of the park, set to be the UK’s answer to Disneyland, shows different themed zones featuring what looks to be eight rollercoasters.

Although the zones and rides aren’t labelled, the new picture hints at what might be in store for visitors: it’s possible to spot an Aztec-style temple, castles, an extensive log flume and even a helter skelter wrapped around what appears to be a Statue of Liberty-type figure.

Spanning an area the size of 136 Wembley stadiums, the park, set between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, will feature more than 50 rides and attractions.

The resort has already signed deals with the BBC, ITV and Paramount Pictures in order to offer themed rides based on their shows and films.

The project looks a step closer to going ahead after a successful consultation with local residents, 65 per cent of whom agreed the park would benefit the local area in the long-term.

“Getting to this point has not been easy,” PY Gerbeau, the London Resort's CEO, told The Mirror.

“But the public has responded overwhelmingly in favour and for that we are deeply grateful. We will go through all of the feedback and use it to help inform our approach and further develop our proposals.

“But there is no doubting that our aim of creating one of the most exciting entertainment destinations in the world, here in the UK, has taken another big step towards becoming a reality.”

An Aztec temple can be spottedThe London Resort
An Aztec temple can be spottedThe London Resort

The first fleshed-out renderings of the park were released in December last year, showing six lands and featuring a Union-Jack designed dome, a Disney-esque castle lit up by fireworks and a Paramount Pictures entry way.

Lands include The Studio, “a gritty, modern-day warehouse district” inspired by blockbuster films; The Woods, “an enchanted realm” where bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales reign supreme; The Kingdom, an immersive realm of “swords, sorcery, dragons and legend”; The Isles, a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures; The Jungle, where the ancient ruins of a long-lost Meso-American civilisation are seen pushing up through the trees; and The Starport, a 23rd-century landing zone that “will launch visitors into thrilling science-fiction adventures”.

Castles seem to feature heavilyThe London Resort
Castles seem to feature heavilyThe London Resort

There are also hotels, a convention centre and a waterpark on site.

It will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.

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