New pictures have been released of The London Resort, a £3.5billion theme park dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’ set to open in Kent in 2024.
The London Resort will be based on Swanscombe Peninsula, between Gravesend and Dartford, and will become home to attractions from films including The Godfather, The Italian Job and Mission: Impossible.
The new concept artwork shows the six lands that will be created for the first phase of the 535-acre site, the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums in size.
The visuals are the first to be revealed since The London Resort announced its partnerships with the BBC, ITV Studios and, most recently, Paramount Pictures.
Four visuals have been released, hinting at the ‘next generation’ rides and unique experiences people can expect when the park opens.
‘We are creating a first-class theme park. A destination that maximises all the new, immersive and interactive technologies and experiences in the world,’ said PY Gerbeau, Chief Executive of London Resort Company Holdings. ‘But we won’t just be creating a world-class leisure destination, it will also be one of the most sustainable theme parks on the planet.
‘We have three guidelines we work to when it comes to developing attractions. Number one is innovation. We’re not here to copy what’s been done before even if it has been successful. Number two is relevance. We need to consider that the customers of today will not be the customers of 2024. And the third is flexibility. We need to create a park that can evolve and adapt easily.’
Billed as one of the most ambitious theme park projects ever in Europe, the London Resort will be the first European development of its kind to be built from scratch since the opening of Disneyland Paris in 1992.
It will eventually be a two-park resort – the first ‘gate’ will open in 2024 and the second within five years (2029) and it is expected that around 70 per cent of attractions will be undercover.
The entrance to The London Resort will be via a grand plaza that leads visitors and hotel guests through ‘The High Street’, which will be full of shops, restaurants and hotels. It’s here that visitors will also find a Convention Centre and a ‘first-class’ waterpark.
Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a ‘gritty, modern-day warehouse district that practically roars with the exhilarating thrills of big blockbuster features’, according to a statement from the resort’s developers.
It adds that guests can expect ‘a winning combination of explosive action, high-octane car chases and high-stakes espionage’.
Just to the north lies The Woods, ‘an enchanted realm where springtime reigns eternal and the boundary between reality and fantasy dissolves’.
Here, ‘the young and young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook and embark on adventures that put a fresh spin on beloved bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales’.
From the Woods, the journey continues through the ages into The Kingdom, ‘an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons and legend’.
This is England as a dark and ancient land, apparently, ‘a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends’.
To the north lies The Isles, ‘a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality’.
It’s here that ‘fantastic jaw-dropping architecture will combine with magnificent rides and 21st-century technology’.
Meanwhile, ‘the past begins to blend with the future in The Jungle’.
The statement says: ‘Ancient ruins of a mysterious long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation are seen pushing up through treetops. Here, an overgrown environment, brimming with ancient secrets, surprising discoveries and strange mystical artefacts will be transported to the present by inquisitive explorers – young and old.’
The final land is The Starport, which is ‘dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and big thrill rides’.
It’s a ‘bustling 23rd-century landing zone’, we’re told.
Here visitors will be launched ‘into thrilling science-fiction adventures that are out of this world’ and will be ‘mesmerised at things that should be impossible but are not’