The first pictures have been released of the £3.5 billion theme park dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’, set to open near Dartford in 2024.
The London Resort will be based on Swanscombe Penisula, between Dartford and Gravesend on a 535-acre site, the equivalent of 136 Wembley stadiums.
Billed as one of the most ambitious theme park projects ever in Europe, the new concept art reveals comes with the announcement of six different lands to be created as part of phase one.
The sprawling theme park will be home to attractions from films such as Mission Impossible and The Godfather as well as kids shows such as Thunderbirds, and the four new visuals hint at the “next generation” rides and experiences visitors can expect to find.
These are the first visuals to be revealed since The London Resort announced its partnership with the BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures.
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, and will eventually be a two-park resort – the first ‘gate’ will open in 2024 and the second within five years (2029).
“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,” continues Gerbeau. “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.”
The project also recently announced a partnership with EDF Energy, aiming to make the theme park “the most sustainable major theme park destination in the world.”
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. The 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.