Will This Disneyland-Style Theme Park Actually Ever Happen?
Okay, stay calm, but we could be getting our very own Disneyland.
Many years ago, it was announced that London — well, okay, a short 17 minute train ride away in north Kent — was getting its very own Hollywood-esque, Disneyland-style theme park.
You mean our very own magical kingdom?! YES! YES! YES!
But I wouldn’t start jumping for joy just yet — the park has faced some serious setbacks since its ideation. Originally due to open this year, the project has been delayed until at least 2024.
The resort was originally in partnership with Paramount Pictures — the oldest major Hollywood studio in existence — but unfortunately that fell through in 2017. Then Aardman Animations — the studio behind Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep — also pulled out.
However, despite the proverbial shitstorm, developers LRCH insist that the plans are still going ahead, just under a different name — ‘The London Resort’.
Anyway, good things come to those who wait and, on paper, The London Resort definitely seems like A Good Thing. There’s set to be themed rides, attractions, live shows and parades — all to entertain around 50,000 people a day. And just last week, ITV struck an exciting deal for the famous show ‘Thunderbirds’ to be turned into an attraction.
There’ll also be a theatre with West End quality shows, as well as hotels, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and an art-house style cinema.
It’s estimated that the resort will create around 27,000 jobs in the area, and could also “harness the potential of the River Thames, [as] new routes will be created to make it attractive for people to walk, cycle or bus to and around the site.”
The London Resort website features renderings that show how the resort could look when it eventually opens and, frankly, we’re struggling to contain our excitement despite the uncertainty of the project.
Keep your fingers crossed, folks. 🤞
Images courtesy of London Resort Company Holdings Ltd
Originally published at Secret London.