Back in October 2012 the UK heard about plans to build a huge park on the outskirts of London. Now eight years later we have a new update, possible ride manufacturers, and a possible opening year! Being built by London Resort Company Holdings, here’s what we know:
Concept Images in this article are directly taken from the official London Resort Website and their twitter. To find out more please click here.
Here in the UK our theme park development is nothing compared to the likes of the USA or Asia but we are so excited for a completely new park and concept to explore. With the BBC, ITV and Paramount Pictures attached to the proposal for the park we could see rides and attractions themed around British TV and films like Mission Impossible and The Italian Job.
The Park will not just be rides and attractions, it is rumoured that they will built Europe’s largest indoor water park, live music venues, cinemas, restaurants, science and education centres and Europe’s largest performing arts centre. As for staying at the park, there will be Radisson Hotels on site and its own transport across the River Thames with a Ride and Glide service. This park will be a huge boost to local economy and tourism in the UK.
Unfortunately, the UK is known for its unpredictable weather, so with the park rumoured to be 70% indoors this could make The London Resort the new top park in the UK. Providing a good day out for the family, plus staying dry is a huge selling point! This would also allow the park to operate all year round.
The theme park itself will be set amongst the resort and will be the only ticketed area. Access to the restaurants, hotels, shops, theatres, etc. will be separate, meaning that you can enjoy more than just the theme park without ticket restrictions. It seems that those visiting restaurants will have an option to purchase tickets for specific rides or attractions which they will access via a separate entrance.
Construction is now rumoured to start in 2022 with the first gate set to open 2024. The gate (concept picture featured here) looks very similar to Universal Studios in Orlando.
The immersive, unique and world class destination is set to feature six ‘lands’ all themed to showcase Hollywood and British culture.
According to the official London Resort Website here are our themes.
The six lands of The London Resort
The entrance to The London Resort will be via a grand plaza that leads visitors and hotel guests through ‘The High Street’. Full of shops, restaurants, hotels, 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. 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 & legend. This is England as a dark and ancient land, a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends.
To the north lay The Isles, a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality. Fantastic jaw dropping architecture will combine with magnificent rides and 21st century technology.
The past begins to blend with the future in The Jungle. 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, dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and big thrill rides, The Starport is a bustling 23rd century landing zone. It will launch visitors into thrilling science-fiction adventures that are out of this world, leaving them mesmerised at things that should be impossible but are not.
The newest image gives us a sneak peak into which rides will be at the park, including potential rollercoasters, a helter-skelter and possibly a log flume. New information also gives us ride suppliers, one of which being Mack Rides and another Huss Park Attractions.
When this £3.5bn project is finished it will be globally competitive and plans to be the most sustainable theme park destination in the world!
We cannot wait for further announcements and remember to keep it Coaster Kings for up to date construction updates!