The theme park, nearly decimated by a single spider, is now flipping again.
Could you imagine your country preparing to build a Disneyland-inspired theme park, only to have a spider standing in the way of its creation? Well, that’s exactly what happened in the UK. A theme park that would have been worth over $4.5 billion was almost crushed by a one-centimetre spider.
In 2012 it was announced that the UK would build its own version of Disneyland. Although the theme park would use Disneyland as a comparison, it would have no relation to Disney at all. Once built, UK Disneyland would be the largest theme park in Europe, decimating Disneyland Paris. Alton Towers is currently the largest theme park in the UK
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The theme park will reportedly be “136 times the size of Wembley Stadium and cover 535 hectares” and around 70 per cent of the attractions will be covered to withstand the unpredictable English weather. The amusement park would not follow the “classic” castle look like Disneyland down to the smallest detail, but would do so with a twist. The theme of the park is designed to reflect British television and films. The park has been dubbed the “Paramount” resort by many because of its ties to the Kent-based production company.
After a rare spider was found at the site, it was said the amusement park could potentially ruin a natural habitat. The announcement prompted companies like the BBC and ITV, which had originally been theme park partners, to sever ties with the Paramount theme park. now diversity reports that another “stumbling block” was hit.
On Tuesday, PY Gerbeau, Chief Executive of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the developers behind The London Resort, confirmed that the company is withdrawing its current application.
Gerbeau credited the reclassification of a local boat dock as a “free port” (not subject to normal taxes and customs regulations) for deciding what would impact the proposed ferry terminal as part of the site’s redevelopment.
As a result, the theme park has withdrawn its current application, noted all of its plans, and will work to revise them. We don’t know if this will result in another derailment of the theme park opening.
The park was supposed to open in 2024 but has now had to be pushed back to 2025. At the moment there isn’t much more information on the park’s themes, but it has been confirmed that dinosaurs would occupy part of the land. similar to what we’re seeing at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Hollywood Jurassic world and Jurassic Park sections. We also saw concept art with a very fantastical feel, with dragons surrounding the area and a large medieval castle – very much like a Game of Thrones setting. In addition, there will be resorts built by the park, as well as shopping and dining.
The London resortThe website states:
The London Resort will be primarily based on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent and will cover approximately 465 hectares including a new dedicated access road to the A2 and easy access from Ebbsfleet International train station.
Transport facilities will be provided on the north side of the river covering approximately 29.5 hectares of land immediately east of the Port of Tilbury, with a transport access corridor around the A1089. While we are not proposing to develop the entire site within these boundaries, we have submitted a DCO application that is partially within this area.
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