Fresh announcements over ‘London Paramount’ – which is being hailed as the ‘Disneyland’ of the UK – has left millennials across the country drooling into their Finding Nemo breakfast cereal. If approved, construction of the world class theme park will start in 2019 for a launch in 2021, blowing the likes of Thorpe Park and Alton Towers clean out of the water.
London Paramount has been described officially as an ‘entertainment resort’ with a ‘number of themed zones, with exciting rides and attractions for families, children and the more adventurous thrill-seeking visitor’. Zones include; Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, Cartoon Circus, Starfleet Command, Action Square, Port Paramount and Entertainment City.
At the heart of the resort, there will be a wide range of indoor, covered and open air experiences, including West End quality entertainment, daily parades, restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and one of Europe’s largest water parks.
You can ditch the dreams for a Space Mountain, as although the park is being called ‘Disneyland London’ – it’s absolutely no way affiliated with Disney. The park, as the name suggests, comes from Paramount Pictures, the oldest major Hollywood studio in existence, but will also work in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, Aardman Animations and the British Film Institute, with the intention to explore the right mix of British film and television with the glamour of Hollywood.
In my head, the only time British television and Hollywood glamour could work together is at a theme park. They wouldn’t even need the white knuckle rides – just Hyacinth Bucket and Mr Bean popping out from behind a barrel on the log flume and scare the living piss out of everyone.
Paramount are also responsible for films such as Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible, Titanic and, wait for it… Mean Girls.
Plans have been around since 2014 but it’s all starting to get very real. If approved by the Government, construction will begin in 2019 for a 2021 opening, with some attractions opening slightly later.
The park will be located on the Thames, slightly north of Swanscombe in Kent, and can be accessed from London within one hour with new transport links.
Did you not hear me say Mean Girls?
Images courtesy of Paramount.