Friday, July 10, 2015

Park of Amusements

Remember how Diz Co. used to be the ONLY company that made successful animated features. So do I. But it's not that way anymore. Now DreamWorks does it, Blue Sky Animation does it, and Illumination Entertainment does it. Naturally enough, with all the successful cartoon features out there, still other companies are getting into the game.

Then there was Disney as king of the amusement parks, but then Universal elbowed its way to the front of the line. Apparently it isn't stopping there. ...

The $3.6 billion Kuwaiti-owned Paramount-branded theme park set to be built in Kent, in Southern England and due to open in 2020, was given a ringing endorsement by local residents in the latest round of public consultations.

London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which was launched in October 2012 and will be located on an 872-acre brownfield site on Kent’s Swanscombe peninsula, just 17 minutes on the train from Central London, is due to start construction in autumn 2016.

Kuwaiti European Holding (KEH) Group bought operating company London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) two years ago and has been financing the plans ever since. ...

The project is expected to attract around 15 million people a year, or around 50,000 a day, when it is up and running. It will include multiple zones, including Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, Cartoon Circus, Starfleet Command, Action Square, Port Paramount and Entertainment City. ...

Paramount is now, as I write, deep into the development of several animated features. Past being prologue, we can expect cartoon properties now in work will find their way into one of the Entertainment Resort's magical lands.


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