Alton Towers pack your bags, Thorpe Park we’ll see you later, Chessington World of Adventures get gone, there’s a new kid on the theme park block, and it’s pretty darn magical! London’s version of Disneyland is coming and it looks bigger and better than we could have ever dreamed of!
An entertainment resort that closely resembles Disneyland is parking up a 17-min train ride outside of London and we’ve got our magical carpets at the ready to Alice in Wonderland our way to its front doors. The theme park is a Hollywood-cum-Disneyland conglomeration that is bringing back all sorts of childlike qualities in us, set to be riddled with all sorts of rides, attractions, live shows and parades.
Named ‘The London Resort’, this is set to be the UK’s own Disney, welcoming around 40,000 visitors each day with two (yes, two!) resorts opening, so be prepared to get your beauty sleep, get up early and beat the crowds! That’s the good news. The bad news? Well, it won’t be opening until circa 2024 and the second in 2029, so Disney fans have got a bit of a wait on their hands. A UK-based Disneyland is better than no Disneyland though right?
Costing around £3.5billion, we’re expecting great things from this Disney-style extravaganza. There’ll be retail and food outlets, hotels and even a nightclub – suffice to say parents can let loose too! Tickets are estimated at a cost of around £57, but there’ll also be packages involved including travel and entry costs, promoting the use of public transport. Our fingers and toes are officially crossed for this opening as plans thus far have been slightly topsy-turvy. Originally, the project was due as part of a deal with Hollywood studio Paramount however this fell through leading to a name change and a push-back on the opening date. On a more positive front, the park opening will lead to the creation of a whopping 27,000 jobs – and what could really be more fun than working somewhere that epitomises all things good in the world! So, we’re asking for everyone to get wishing upon stars to make dreams come true as, this year, the company will make an application for planning permission that, if approved, will mean the park can swing open its doors in 2024.
The London Resort when open will be located at Swanscombe Peninsula in Dartford, Kent, a 17-minute choo-choo from St Pancras station. See more here