Developers look east of London for new theme park plan
I've grown so skeptical about announcements of new theme parks that I hesitate to post stories about them anymore. (See
, Dubai) But here goes anyway. A French cement firm and a British developer have announced
that they will build a US$3.2 billion theme park on the site of what used to be a large cement works east of London.
The park would be built in north Kent, between Dartford and Gravesend, just south of the Thames River and adjacent to the Ebbsfleet International train station. The developers have signed a licensing deal with Paramount Pictures to create a Paramount-themed studio park on the site, where the developers also plan hotels, restaurants, and a water park.
Opening date? 2018. But the developers are still looking for investors, and for government approval and financial support. So excuse me if I don't get too excited just yet. Unlike Disney or Universal, Paramount no longer has a theme park creative team, so any developer licensing with Paramount would still need to hook up with a design firm to create the theme park. I've not yet heard any word about designers that might be working with this group. Paramount's got some interesting IP, but as I've said before, it's the not the franchises you have as much as what you do with them that's important for theme parks.
This story is in our newspapers today in the UK but like you Robert I'm not going to get excited just yet.
A Waterpark in London? Seems like a really bad idea unless they build it indoors. Other than maybe 3 months a year you're not going to be wanting to be out shivering in all that - the few water rides in Thorpe Park had comparatively low lines to other rides when I visited last month - although a small fortune was made in those shacks with the oversized hair dryers to dry you off.
Believe it when I see it, and I doubt we'll ever see it.
I can be there in 45 minutes....whadda ya mean 2018? Whadda ya mean highly unlikely? Whadda ya mean Ive heard it all before??
would make a nice addition to join Chessington, Legoland and Thorpe Park down there. We need something more central! As for the comment regarding the water park only being open 3 months.... i dont know as we've had 3 weeks of nice weather this year! lol. It will def. have to be indoors.
I am in agreement with everyone to be honest. I can't see it being an amazing attraction, not only that what about our customer service levels? As a Brit, when I go to Florida and visit WDW, IOA, Universal and the like the service levels are excellent, everyone smiles and wants to help (or almost everyone) However even Rob commented recently about the service at his DLP trip not being the best and unfortunately compared to America I don't think that our standard of service and care in Europe compares. I remember my last trip to DLP there was children swimming in the fountain to the point that the fountain had gone a murky white colour and their parents didn't care at all. Legoland looks ran down since my first trip their, likewise with our other parks. As for a waterpark I couldn't see that working unless it was covered, similar to the waterpark that was going to be dropped into DLP. However, I do hope I'm wrong, being a Kent native it would be nice to see a big attraction come to the area!
David's right. It's going to be , if anything comes of it at all, more of a multi-complex than a theme park.
Quite a few people commenting on the water park. In every report I have read its been referred to as the 'largest indoor water park'.
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