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    Three British firms, Electrosonic, Garmendale and Katapult, have today been unveiled as the first businesses to be chosen by The London Resort to help create the UK’s first, next generation theme park.

    65 other businesses, over half of which are British, have been advised that they are in the running to work on what is billed as one of the most ambitious leisure projects to be undertaken in the UK and Europe.

    It is the first and crucial phase of a business registration process that began over a month ago, when nearly 2000 businesses registered their interest in being part of this unique project. The initial businesses being contacted could all have an important role to play in moving the London Resort from conceptual design to concept refinement and schematic design.

    Making the announcement at blooloop V-Expo, PY Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), was keen to stress the door is still well and truly open for more businesses to register.

    “It is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological wizardry,” commented PY. “Electrosonic, Katapult and Garmendale are all leaders in their fields and together we are on a journey to create our own slice of history by building the UK’s first next generation theme park. But turning our vision into reality will be complicated.

    “We will be the first theme park across Europe, to be built from scratch in nearly 30 years. We will be one of the only operationally carbon neutral parks in the world. And with our investment in sustainability and the environment, we will be beacon of what can be achieved when the environment, commerce and entertainment flourish together, hand in hand. To make that vision a reality, we will only work with the best of the best that industry has to offer and today marks the first day of that exciting journey ahead.”

    The formal registration process began over a month ago when The London Resort called for businesses to register their interest in becoming a supplier. Nearly 2,000 businesses have registered so far, 30% of which are local, based in Kent and Essex. 90% are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), putting it on track to exceed the Government’s target that £1 in every £3 is spent with SMEs.

    PY was keen to stress that the door is still open to businesses wanting to register their interests. “To all the naysayers and doom-mongers, the London Resort is going ahead, as planned,” he continued. “To all businesses who believe they can play a part in creating a world of unique experiences, I encourage you to go to our website now, register your details and together we will create our footnote in history.”

    Commenting on the announcement, Gavin Cleary, CEO, Locate in Kent, the inward investment agency for Kent and Medway, said,”The tremendous response from our local supply chain firms shows what an important driver the London Resort will be for our region, and confirms Kent is a vibrant, reliable, and cost-effective place for major construction projects. We have the skills, the talent pool, the innovations, and the appetite to make a positive contribution to the project.”

    The three businesses unveiled at blooloop’s V-Expo 2021 are all firms well known and highly respected in their fields.

    Dartford-based Electrosonic, was founded above a Greenwich greengrocers in 1964. Early on, Electrosonic designed and manufactured lighting and audiovisual control systems to create exciting experiences and concerts for groups such as "Pink Floyd," "Genesis," "The Rolling Stones," and "The Who" to name a few.

    Now it is internationally recognised for applying its audiovisual and technology services to create out-of- this world experiences at some of the most recognised attractions worldwide, including Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Electrosonic provided complete parkwide audio and video and show control solutions for the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded theme park, including helping to create what is believed to be the “biggest permanent projection-mapped show in the world”.

    Commenting on the partnership, Paul Taylor, Senior Consultant, Electrosonic, said, "It’s fantastic news for us and a brilliant project to be part of from such an early stage. As a company that is involved with many of the most iconic themed entertainment brands and attractions around the globe it is a real thrill to have an opportunity of working on such an exciting project here in the UK and right on our doorstep. We are really looking forward to being part of the team that will deliver this iconic attraction as the project starts to build real momentum.”

    Derbyshire based Garmendale Engineering is a second-generation, family-owned and run business, founded in 1980. Situated on the edge of the Peak District, it is recognised as a world leader in the manufacture of theme park ride systems. It has established working relationships with some of the largest and most successful theme park operators in the world such as Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments and Parques Reunidos Group.

    Commenting on the opportunity to work with the London Resort, Commercial Director of Garmendale, Zoe Shelmerdine, said, “Garmendale is absolutely thrilled to be part of what will be a truly exciting and revolutionary project. It will be a huge asset to the UK and will allow the “best of British” talent to attract a global audience to the UK. This will hopefully put the UK back on the world attraction map and it is exactly what our industry deserves after a challenging 18 months.“

    International themed attraction designers, Katapult, was established in 2001 and started with a business loan from The Princes Trust. Based in Derby City Centre, the team is headed by Dawn Foote, Co-Founder & CEO, and Philip Higgins, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer. Katapult works with the likes of The LEGO® Group, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros and BBC. Their work is enjoyed by 50 million visitors, at over 81 attractions, in 20 different countries.

    Commenting on the announcement, Co-Founder and CEO of Katapult, Dawn Foote, said, "We are incredibly excited to be working with The London Resort team on this iconic project here in the UK. As experienced themed attraction designers, we understand what it takes to create immersive experiences that wow and inspire visitors. We're looking forward to working with PY and the team to do just that, and create a next generation theme park our country will enjoy and be proud of."
    Source: https://londonresort.info/news/first-businesses-chosen-to-help-create-uk-s-first-next-generation-theme-park/
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    There's a lot of movement on the Walt Disney Studios expansion! Is the machine finally launched!? We let you watch in detail!
    Source: https://twitter.com/InsideDlpCastle/status/1434829335475675141
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    Aerial overview of site of Universal's Epic Universe. Parking at far end likely for construction team at first, then resort team members.




    Aerial looks at utility work at the north end of site of Universal's Epic Universe. This area approved for offices and warehouses that will support all of Universal Orlando Resort.


    Aerial look at what may be activity starting for the extension of Kirkman Rd through site of Universal's Epic Universe.
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    https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1428537806012420100
    https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1428537279782469637
    https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1428536294045585410
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    We’re thrilled to share the first look at PeppaPigFL! Families will ride, soar and set sail together in six new rides, playscapes, a water play area, and even more oinktastic experiences!
    Source: https://twitter.com/PeppaPigFlorida/status/1420806360141336584
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    Tron construction is back up and running at a reasonable (at least for WDW) speed it seems...



    Source: https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1411822496983175173
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    At Avengers Campus Paris, first floor railings have been uncovered on the Tower of Terror side of the Spider-Man show building.
    Further back, crews are working on the upcoming Iron Man Coaster circular facade




    Source: https://twitter.com/DLPReport/status/1410623637384830979/photo/2
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    More delays and a legal battle as LRCH have additional time to change plans and Merlin (and some other bodies) are saying they are using that time to make substantial changes which were not part of the original proposal that went to public consultation. It's a big old mess!

    A planning application bid for a £2.5bn theme park proposal in Kent will continue to go ahead after it was called into question by rivals who said they needed to be withdrawn.

    Merlin Entertainments – which run Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds – claimed new submissions for the London Resort, planned to be between Dartford and Gravesend, amounted to a "material change". The company, the second largest tourist attraction operator in the world behind Disney, said they wanted to see the plans pulled entirely to allow members of the public, authorities and businesses to comment due to what it said were fundamental changes taking place.

    It comes after London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the group behind the proposals dubbed Britain's answer to Disneyland, were granted a four-month extension to amend plans after the Swanscombe Marshes were granted protected status.
    A host of environmental groups, including the RSPB and Bugslife, also wrote to the Planning Inspectorate saying the documents set to be submitted were considerably different to the original application. But the leading member of the Planning Inspectorate panel which will assess the application says they will consider whether new documents "amount to a material change as and when they are submitted".
    It was initially expected the meeting would be held between September 27 and October 18 with final documents from LRCH due to be submitted by September 3.

    Mr Cowperthwaite said inspectors would confirm the date once they had "an opportunity to review the updated and new documents and relevant consultation responses as and when they are submitted". He added it was unlikely to hold the meeting before October 18 with a decision not expected until at least September 17.

    Speaking previously, LRCH boss Pierre-Yves Gerbeau said there were no plans for any "material change" to the application but admitted there would have to be amendments taking into account the new SSSI status.
    Source: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/go-ahead-for-theme-park-planning-bid-after-rivals-challenge-249739/
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    Concrete walls are rising at site of Moana Journey of Water. Aerial from last week has arrow pointing to location. In aerial, notice also an excavation. Near the service basement of former Innoventions West.


    Source: https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1401293683178225666
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    Arrow where Tron trains will launch into the outdoor swoop of track. Opening is temporarily sealed.


    Source: https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/1401323704651558912
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    Good aerial drone footage of the original IMG site showing no movement on any of the surrounding land.
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    Hotel New York and resort overview.


    Source: https://twitter.com/DLPReport/status/1368979357679693827
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    To better visualize the future projects outlined in the EVE filings, we created this overlay map from our flyover yesterday


    A February 2021 “EVE” bus line public filing details future Disneyland Paris projects in the “Bellesmes Triangle” with NEW:
    - Convention Center
    - Lakeside Hotel
    - Phase 2 Disney Village extension
    - Cast Member Parking
    - Office building
    - Landscaped pedestrian areas


    Source: https://twitter.com/DLPReport/status/1369349046549295105
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    A new dinosaur theme park opened in Wushan this month. The swing out over the cliff and the glass ropes walk look way cooler than the rides.

    Why not bring your family and friends to Wushan for a leisurely and relaxing trip in Jurassic world theme park in Wushan? The first high-altitude dinosaur theme park in Northeast Chongqing, integrating dining, entertainment and leisure, accounting for a total of The project is constructed in three phases, the first phase is an amusement park, the second phase is the dinosaur theme pavilion, and the third phase is the Happy Aquarium. The first phase has been completed, covering an area of ??20,000 square meters.








    Source: https://newtoday.cc/tourism/37560.html
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    Good overview of the refurbishments underway in the resort during lockdown.

  24. Thread: Legoland New York

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    I heard a rumour that Tron Lightcyle was due to open February 30th 2022 but now I can't find the source anywhere. Does anyone know if this was officially announced or did I just see someone's guess?







    It has been nearly six months since the installation of the canopy framework on TRON Lightcycle Run started. With even more canopy work completed in January, we can report today that the temporary supports for this framework are now being dismantled.
    Source: https://wdwnt.com/2021/02/photos-tron-lightcycle-run-canopy-supports-being-dismantled-at-the-magic-kingdom/
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