Disneyland currently spans around three locations around the world, those being France, Florida and Japan, however, in 2022, on a 900 acre site, a nearly $4.6 million investment will see the arising of a rival to Disneyland in the UK.
The resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula, near Dartford, is planned to be ‘twice the size of the Olympic Park and include 5,000 hotel rooms and a water park’, according to the BBC.
The park is due to open on the 900-acre site in 2022, but only if a Development Consent Order is approved by the UK’s government.
Paramount Pictures had pulled out of the deal with the developers at first, but before that it was meant to have more than 50 rides and attractions based on, of course, media that Paramount has the rights to, like Transformers and Iron Man.
Humphrey Percy, chief executive of the developers – London Resort Company Holdings – said: “What it means is we won’t have the name Paramount above the door. We are not looking for the equivalent of Paramount. We are not looking for a new studio. We are committed to going ahead – nothing has changed on that score. What it means in reality is that we will be able to talk to other brands, stories, films and television programmes. It just gives us the freedom to work with other partners.”
According to Business Insider, tickets are expected to cost around $74 per day and the entry price could include travel from central London in a bid to cut down on cars travelling to and from the park.
If and when it opens in 2022, it’s expected to attract around 40,000 visitors a day. If you do the math, they’ll rack in almost $3 million per day. Seriously impressive stuff.
The theme park is planned to include a theatre with ‘West End quality’ shows, hotels, restaurants and bars, an event space for music and sporting events, conference, ponds and canals and nightclubs, and one of the largest indoor water parks in all of Europe.
Here’s hoping that this will work out. This place might just be worth the plane ticket to the UK.