The London Resort Company has announced that building work on its proposed London Resort theme park in Kent will commence in 2022 when the planning application is expected to be accepted.
The theme park will be built inside The London Resort development on 29.5 hectares of land in the Swanscombe Peninsula, Kent, England.
The project, encompassing houses, hotels with 3,500 rooms and shopping districts, is estimated to cost £3.5 billion.
The project will be the first theme park of its kind in Europe to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.
London Resort Company CEO PY Gerbeau said: “To all the naysayers and doom-mongers, the London Resort is going ahead, as planned.”
He added: “It is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological wizardry”.
The plans for the park have it set to open by 2024, although the specific date is not yet known.
However, The London Resort Company have plans to make this a two park resort, with the first park opening in 2024, followed by and the second park in 2029, after another five years of further development.
“We will be the first theme park across Europe to be built from scratch in nearly 30 years.”
70 per cent of the park’s attractions are to be built under shelter, future visitors need not worry about the temperamental English weather.
The resort will be made up of six separate ‘lands’ and visitors will enter through a grand plaza, where they will be greeted by a range of shops, restaurants and hotels, before leading them through to an area known as ‘The High Street’.
Following on from this, visitors will find ‘The Studios’, which will be set with “the exhilarating thrills of big, blockbuster features” and designed to look like a warehouse business park.
To the north, visitors will discover ‘The Woods’ – an area described by The London Resort Company as where the “young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook” and into a fairytale.
Another area is known as ‘The Kingdom’, where visitors can explore an immersive land filled with history and magic such as castles and swords, as well as dragons, sorcery and mythical Arthurian legends.
Other regions include ‘The Isles’ which feature thrill rides, and ‘The Jungle’, which is designed to be an overgrown, strange and mystical land for visitors to explore.
The sixth land will be known as ‘Star Port’ and will be focused on creating a futuristic experience for visitors, along with several rides to enjoy.