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If you thought that 2020 was a rollercoaster, look forward to 2024. That’s because it’s when Europe’s first theme park built from scratch since 1992 opens its doors. Dubbed “Britain’s answer to Disneyland” the Kent theme park will be just a 17 minute train journey from London, and they’re just released the first pictures…

The resort features eight rollercoasters and numerous ‘zones’ across a site the size of 136 Wembley Stadiums. The picture also appears to show castles, a helter-skelter wrapped around an apparent Statue of Liberty and an Aztec temple as well as a long log flume. And it should all be complete by 2024.

The aerial rendering shows the proposed theme park as it passes another hurdle on the way to planning consent. 120,000 members of the public have taken part in the consultation, of which 73% support the proposal.

Speaking to The Mirror, the project’s CEO PY Gerbeau said ‘Getting to this point has not been easy. But the public has responded overwhelmingly in favour and for that we are deeply grateful. We will go through all of the feedback and use it to help inform our approach and further develop our proposals.

‘But there is no doubting, that our aim of creating one of the most exciting entertainment destinations in the world, here in the UK, has taken another big step towards becoming a reality. We now look forward to submitting our DCO [Development Consent Order] application later this year.’

In the meantime we have some pretty pictures to enjoy, and they give away plenty of detail. Seeming to confirm rumours of a Hollywood theme, given the partnership between the theme park (currently called The London Resort) and LA movie studio Paramount, it’s projected that rides could tie-into popular films, so perhaps we’ can expect rides linked to the Marvel series to Top Gun to Wolf of Wall Street. Fancy the Ferris Bueller Ferris Wheel?

So far, though, the only films we’ve managed to spot referenced in the imagery are The Thing, a 1982 sci-fi horror film cult classic and Tranquility of Blood, a Serbian arts film exploring the theme of grief. It’s a little difficult to know what kind of roller coaster this might inspire…

The resort has also recently signed deals with ITV (expect to see  Thunderbirds attractions) as well as the BBC, opening plenty of potential tie-ins as the media giants give rights for their shows and films to become the theme of rides.

Expect to see Thunderbirds attractions!

The £3.5bn resort is meant to start construction in 2022 and when finished will be able to support 40,000 visitors per day. Though currently an 872 acre industrial site, close to Gravesham, Dartford and Thurrock, this may become one of Britain’s top tourist attractions.

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