England certainly seems like a lovely place, but perhaps a smidgen dull. Grey and rainy all the time, vegetables boiled beyond the point of recognition, governing bodies that still wear powdered wigs. All of that will change, however, when BBC and Paramount open the world’s first BBC-and-Paramount-creative-properties-themed amusement park outside of London. If all goes according to plan, the world’s first BBC theme park will open its gates in 2020, bringing the clamoring hordes the Doctor Who rollercoaster they’ve always dreamt of.
British news source The Telegraph estimates the price tag for the new park somewhere in the neighborhood of two billion pounds, which shakes out to approximately 3.14 billion real, American dollars. Plans place the park in Kent, about an hour out of London, with a monorail connecting the park to a nearby train station to accommodate visitors. Also accommodating visitors: The planned 5,000-room hotel that will be built alongside the park. /Film has a host of concept art to give readers an impression of what Limey wonders might await their wide eyes six years from now.
Though no specific coaster attractions have been announced as of yet, a few properties are sure things for the amusement-park treatment. Doctor Who and Sherlock have both amassed far-reaching, unquestioningly faithful fanbases, and it’d be a shock if BBC and Paramount didn’t capitalize on those. The “Sherlock Emotional Inaccessibility Adventure” could be a real scream for the kids. (“Ward off friends and potential lovers meddling in your personal affairs, children!”)
The Paramount offerings lend themselves a bit more readily to high-octane thrills. Sketch art suggests that Mission: Impossible and the Star Trek reboot franchises will make for crowd-pleasing action. It’s a bold idea, structuring a theme park around a movie. Usually, isn’t it the other way around? But maybe it could work.