The 'UK Disneyland' theme park to finally start building next year – despite plans to open by 2024

THE theme park dubbed 'UK's Disneyland' is to finally start building work next year, they have announced.

The huge London Resort, to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula, confirmed that it will go ahead from 2022 when the planning application for the project is accepted.

Despite meeting local opposition after the area was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the local wildlife, the park's CEO PY Gerbeau said: "To all the naysayers and doom-mongers, the London Resort is going ahead, as planned."

He also announced that the park would be working with three British firms –  Electrosonic, Garmendale and Katapult – with another 65 in the running.

Mr Gerbeau added: "It is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological wizardry.

“We will be the first theme park across Europe, to be built from scratch in nearly 30 years."

The theme park has been billed the "UK Disneyland" due to it being the most ambitious new attraction in Europe since Disneyland Paris in 1992.

Working with BBC Studios, ITV and Paramount, the theme park will be split into six different themed lands, along with a water park, three hotels and a shopping district.

Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a gritty, modern-day warehouse district with blockbuster action movie features, including high-octane car chases and high-stakes espionage.

Just to the north lies The Woods, an enchanted realm that puts a fresh spin on well-known bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales.

Next to the Woods is The Kingdom, an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons & legend based on legends from King Arthur's England.

Then there is The Isles, a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures on high-tech rides, and The Jungle, which features ancient ruins of a mysterious long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation to keep young explorers occupied.

The final land called The Starport is a 23rd-century landing zone dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and science-fiction rides.

It will eventually be a two-park resort, with the first gate hoping to open in 2024 – despite building yet to start – and the second expected in 2029.

When complete, it will be three times larger than any other park in the UK and spanned across 535 acres, the equivalent of 136 Wembley Stadiums.

There are lots of new attractions opening in the UK in the next few years – in Manchester, a £250m water park and spa will open by 2024.

A £75m water park inspired by Indiana Jones could also be opening in the UK by 2023.

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