The London Resort, which has been dubbed “UK Disneyland” has claimed it will generate £ 50 billion for the UK economy in its first 25 years of operation.
The park, which will be located in Kent between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, is slated to open in 2024. The area on which the resort is being built is currently an industrial area of 872 hectares.
Coinciding with news of the positive economic impact – which includes creating 6,000 construction jobs – a stunning new aerial view of the park has been released, featuring 50 rides and attractions, including eight giant roller coasters and various medieval-zone castles and an Aztec Pyramid.
A new rendering of The London Resort has been released. The park, which has been dubbed “UK Disneyland” has claimed it will generate £ 50 billion for the UK economy in its first 25 years of operation
The park, which will be located in Kent between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, is slated to open in 2024
Two of the domed roofs show the British and French flags, which indicates that there can also be different cultural zones.
The park will also feature a 2,000-seat theater and a huge nightclub.
The company behind the project, the London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), has signed contracts with ITV, the BBC and Paramount Pictures for themed TV and film attractions.
An earlier map and explanation from LRCH showed how the park is broken down into different themed areas that take visitors from the Middle Ages to the 23rd century. Zones include The Studios, The Woods, the Kingdom, the Islands, the Jungle, Starport, and the High Street.
A public consultation was recently held to hear residents’ views on the development. It reportedly reached 120,000 members of the public.
It found that 73 percent of people support promises made by the resort’s supporters to improve the habitats of local wildlife and support those that already exist.
A view of one of the ferry terminals in the park. The vast majority of the materials required to build the resort will be delivered on the river
The park is intended to be the first climate-neutral theme park in which parking areas and habitats for wild animals are created
And 65 percent of the participants agreed that the resort would benefit the region in the long term.
LRCH has now submitted his planning application to the government for approval.
The Development Consent Order (DCO) comprises more than 25,000 pages with reports, evaluations and analyzes and describes how this former industrial company on the wasteland is becoming one of the most exciting destinations in the world.
The park is expected to be one of the UK’s largest employers with 17,000 employees by 2038.
The aim is also to be the first climate-neutral theme park in which parking areas and habitats for wild animals are created.
Commenting on the latest updates, Managing Director PY Gerbeau said: “I came to this project eighteen months ago and it has been uninterrupted ever since.
‘We revitalized, reviewed and reprogrammed the entire company. This will be so much more than just a theme park. ‘
Considered one of the most ambitious theme park projects in Europe, the London Resort is the first European development of its kind to have been built from scratch since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992
The London Resort is home to a variety of TV and film attractions. Above is a previous model of what the theme park might look like
The application confirms the intention to develop two theme park gates, a water park, a conference and convention center and an esports facility.
Over 3,500 hotel rooms will be created and two ferry terminals – one on each side of the Thames – as well as rear facilities, a visitor center and a new road from the A2 will be built.
Crucially, the vast majority of the materials needed to build the resort are delivered on the river.
Mr Gerbeau continued: “We have developed excellent relationships with many stakeholders and work closely with the local elected council presidents.
“This has been an incredibly challenging journey and we look forward to working with the UK government over the next twelve months.”
The London Resort is the first European development of its kind to have been built from scratch since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.
An earlier map and explanation from LRCH showed how the park is broken down into different themed areas that take visitors from the Middle Ages to the 23rd century
An earlier illustration shows how the resort’s Kingdom Zone might be home to an impressive medieval-inspired castle
If they manage to get the building permit, construction could start in 2022 to open in 2024.
The success of Disneyland Paris is testament to the impact a global theme park can have on the economy.
A report on Disneyland Paris’s economic contribution found the attraction has added EUR 68 billion (£ 60 billion) to the French economy in the 25 years since it opened.
The region where the park is located, Seine-et-Marne, has seen a surge of EUR 22.4 billion (£ 20 billion).
The attraction also generated EUR 13.7 billion (£ 12.2 billion) in purchases, 70% of which were on-site and 82% in France, adding added value to local suppliers.
The government, through its Planning Oversight, has a 28-day period in which to write to the local authorities and collectively assess the “appropriateness” of the consultation and assess the application before accepting or rejecting The London Resort’s submission.