Enormous ‘Disneyland rival’ UK theme park takes one step closer to reality

Brits will no longer have to visit Paris to get their fill of highspeed action and thrills as plans for an enormous 'Disneyland rival' theme park in the UK continues to progress rapidly.

Named The London Resort, the park will be built on a 535-acre site near Dartford and construction could start this year with the project now entering the pre-procurement stage.

The resort will actually contain two parks, the first opening by 2024 and the second in 2029.

Developers say that the plans will benefit "a wide range of local, regional and national businesses", and claim that £50 billion will be generated for the UK economy in the first 25 years alone.

In its first 25 years, Disneyland Paris generated £58 billion.

Bosses also reckon that 48,000 jobs will be created by 2038, half of which will come from the local communities of Dartford, Gravesham, and Thurrock near the site.

Among other attractions, The London Resort will be home to one of the fastest rollercoasters in Europe, which will travel at unbelievable speeds.

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The Quetzalcoatlus – named after an ancient beast which was one of the largest flying animals ever – will surpass speeds of 70mph.

Keeping low to the ground and travelling at rapid speeds, the rollercoaster will mimic the animal's form of flight, darting through treetops to provide maximum thrill.

This ride will form part of 'The Jungle', a section of the theme park designed to bring the ancient to life alongside more futuristic elements.

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There will be a total of six themed 'islands' that make up The London Resort.

The £3.5 billion project is partnered with the BBC, ITV, and Paramount Pictures and will also provide multiple food and drink locations, a grand hotel complex, a water park, and a convention centre.

Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, chief executive of London Resort Company Holdings, said: "We are creating a first-class theme park.

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"A destination that maximises all the new, immersive and interactive technologies and experiences in the world.

"But we won't just be creating a world-class leisure destination, it will also be one of the most sustainable theme parks on the planet."

He also said that the number one guiding principal of the project is "innovation", adding: "We're not here to copy what's been done before, even if it has been successful."

The Government accepted plans for a full examination of the project in January, and now suppliers are being asked to register interest in the pre-procurement stage.

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