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The INSIDER Summary

  • A whimsical and expensive theme park is being planned for London, which doesn’t have a major one currently.
  • Previous partner, Paramount – the movie studio behind “Transformers,” the “Star Trek” films, and “Mission: Impossible” – has dropped out of the project.
  • But the companies behind the park say that Paramount’s withdrawal means they can be more flexible about the brands they can work with.
  • See mockups for the planned theme park below.

The only thing that could make London better would be a theme park. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have one.

That might all change in a few years. London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) and its parent Kuwaiti European Holding Group (KEH) are planning to open an enormous $4.5 billion theme park, dubbed the “UK Disneyland.” According to projections, the 872-acre park, just outside the city, would attract 40,000 visitors a day and cost around $75 for a ticket.

Originally, LRCH and KEH planned to open the park with Paramount, the movie studio behind “Transformers,” the “Star Trek” movies, “Mission: Impossible,” and “Spongebob.” Paramount has now dropped out of the deal, so now it looks like we won’t get that “Godfather” roller coaster.

But LRCH and KEH are still moving forward with their plans. Now, they say, they’ll have greater flexibility about which brands they can work with.

“We very much look forward to showing our plans to the public as part of our final stage of consultation prior to submitting later this year,” LRCH CEO Humphrey Percy told Kent Online. “We are creating a unique entertainment destination offering a scale and quality unprecedented in the UK where much-loved characters and stories will be brought to life from iconic movies, television, books, electronic gaming and toys.” 

Here are design mockups that show what the theme park could look like:

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It’ll have a grand entrance with enormous columns.

The location would technically be just outside Swanscombe Peninsula, North Kent. It’s about an hour’s drive from the center of London, and shorter by train.

The “Myths & Legends Castle” makes the park comparable to Disney’s.

The park will have different themed zones: Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, and Cartoon Circus.

Like any good theme park, it has a sense of adventure.

Other areas of the planned park include Action Square and Entertainment City. Each one would have its own set of rides and attractions.

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