The first-ever up-close pictures have been released of rides and attractions at the London Resort, which has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’.
New renderings reveal the park’s dinosaur land, Base Camp, which will feature two roller coasters, a large multi-media live stage show experience, an advanced simulator attraction, immersive fine dining and an ‘active dig site’ where younger palaeontologists can discover dinosaurs as they climb, dig and tunnel their way across the excavation site.
The park, which will be based in Kent between Gravesend and Dartford on the Swanscombe Peninsula, is set to open in 2024. It’s claimed that it will generate £50billion for the UK economy during its first 25 years of operation.
The first-ever up-close pictures have been released of rides and attractions at the London Resort, which has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Disneyland’. New renderings reveal the park’s dinosaur land, Base Camp
The first of two roller coasters planned for the land will celebrate the reign of Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest known winged reptiles of all time.
Set over 1km of track, it aims to be one of the fastest coasters in Europe. It will also go against the trend of building coasters with towering heights and big drops, the London Resort said.
It continued: ‘Recreating what scientists believe was a typical flight path of the extraordinary beast, this coaster will stay low to the ground, zipping across treetops, skimming water and bursting through rocky canyons.
‘A multi-launch coaster reaching speeds in excess of 70mph, the ride will replicate the hunting speed of Quetzalcoatlus, which would swoop low and fast to snare prey in its long, tweezer-like beak.
‘The second coaster inside Base Camp will offer a family orientated experience. Weaving beneath the flight path of Quetzalcoatlus, through the fascinating landscape, this ride will allow for adventurers of all ages and sizes to experience a roller coaster with just the right level of “thrill”.’
One of Base Camp’s restaurants will be ‘a fine dining experience’ situated at the edge of an underwater cliff. It will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, ‘first rate cuisine’ and ‘a view to die for’
An indoor, 1,500 seated arena will be located in the far corner of the preserve.
This marquee attraction, framed by a massive biodome, will feature ‘breath-taking shows set within a dense tropical forest’.
For an up-close look at Ichthyosaurs, Mosasaurs and other terrifying hunters of the ocean, guests will head over to a motion-based 4D ride.
London resort said: ‘It will dive underwater in search of cold and calculating predators offering guests an unparalleled expedition into the darkness of prehistoric waters. At points along their journey, guests may begin to question if they are observers, or prey.
‘Alongside the fun and adrenaline, the land is also set to deliver educational opportunities. An enormous play area will be created for young palaeontologists to explore, excavate exciting fossil finds and develop Stem skills. Zip lines, climbing walls and multiple archaeological tunnels will welcome the most enthusiastic of kids while underwater viewing platforms will offer calming moments as families peer into prehistoric lagoons.’
An interactive, immersive, dark ride, meanwhile, ‘will use sophisticated gaming technology to enlist the help of guests to track and tag a variety of dinosaurs and ancient reptiles in the wild’.
It will pit, we’re told, humans against beasts in a quest for better understanding and scientific research.
Base Camp will feature two roller coasters, a large multi-media live stage show experience, an advanced simulator attraction, immersive fine dining and an ‘active dig site’
One of two food and beverage offerings within Base Camp will be ‘a fun and eclectic family restaurant situated along the edge of a Cretaceous watering hole’.
It is where palaeontologists and visitors alike can relax and swap stories, said London Resort. It is also here that the life and legacy of Mary Anning ‘will be fully celebrated’.
One of Britain’s greatest scientists, Mary Anning was a world-renowned fossil collector and palaeontologist. Self-taught and ambitious, she found and identified hundreds of fossils in her lifetime, including being the first in the world to identify the Ichthyosaur.
London Resort added: ‘Only properly recognised in recent years by organisations such as the Natural History Museum and the Royal Society, here her life, legacy, and lasting impact on the world of palaeontology will be fully celebrated.’
London Resort said: ‘Alongside the fun and adrenaline, the land [Base Camp] is also set to deliver educational opportunities. An enormous play area will be created for young palaeontologists to explore, excavate exciting fossil finds and develop Stem skills’
The London Resort will generate £50billion for the UK economy during its first 25 years of operation, it has been claimed
The London Resort will be home to various TV and movie-themed attractions. Above, a previous mock-up of how the theme park could look
The second food and beverage destination will be ‘a fine dining experience with a difference’, situated at the edge of an underwater cliff, this luxury dining venue ‘will combine first-rate cuisine, fine wines, with a view to die for’.
Floor-to-ceiling ‘windows’ will wrap the dining room, London Resort revealed, offering guests a front-row seat to the flora and fauna of the prehistoric oceans just beyond the glass.
A statement from the park added: ‘Throughout the meal, schools of ancient fish may swim past the windows, darting from predators as they emerge from the inky blackness beyond. At regular intervals, something with a bit more bite may come into view. Ichthyosaurs love to feed at this depth, and diners will have an unobstructed view as fish, otherwise assumed to be the hunters, become the hunted beneath the ocean’s surface.’
The park is projected to be one of the largest, single-site employers in the UK, with 17,000 employees by 2038.
It is also aiming to be the first carbon-neutral theme park, with the creation of park areas and wildlife habitats.
Earlier this year, Natural England designated the proposed site for the park a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
In response, PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings, said: ‘Working with the Planning Inspectorate, we have requested further time to prepare for the formal enquiry later this summer. It is absolutely fundamental for us to be leaders in sustainability. We’ve already committed to spending around £150m on remediation, habitat enhancement and providing around eight miles of footpaths and public rights of way. But since Natural England designated the area an SSSI it is right and proper that we take a short extension to revise our reports and ensure they address the issues raised.
‘We are on track to create a beacon of world-class entertainment and experiences within a world-leading sustainable environment. And we’re very excited to announce details of our progress with a new land, Base Camp.’