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. The area on which the resort is being built is currently an 872-acre industrial site. 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 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’
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 paleontologists 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, 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 paleontologists can discover dinosaurs as they climb, dig and tunnel their way across the excavation site