The 2020 season may have been delayed and we may not be getting quite the line-up we were expecting, but let’s take a look at what we can expect once the season gets under way…
The park’s Sealife Centre has gained a new area for 2020. Gone is the dark corner with the Thirteen tanks and in its place the park have added a colony of Leaf-Cutter Ants alongside in a new tropical paradise.
The Blade – SBNO
Signs at the entrance are currently stating that the ride is closed ‘for resharpening’, which suggests they are working to repair and reopen the ride. However in recent years the park have indicated that the ride is due for replacement, so could the park’s pirate ship have swung its last after 39 years.
The park have already received planning permission to build a Smokehouse in the Mutiny Bay Courtyard. The restaurant was originally due to open in 2018 alongside Wicker Man but was later shelved.
The permission to build this restaurant expires in September 2020, so could we see work on the planned restaurant begin before the end of the season?
The World of David Walliams – Delayed
In October 2019 the park announced that long-rumoured The World of David Walliams would be opening in 2020, as a replacement for Cloud Cuckoo Land. Unfortunately we now know that, due to the pandemic, the new area will not now open until 2021.
The headliner for The World of David Walliams is Gangsta Granny: The Ride, a brand new tracked dark ride, taking over the former Wobble World/House of Monsters building. The Gallopers and Frog Hopper will also be part of the new area, becoming the Royal Carousel and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp.
The area’s 2020 line-up did not included the 4D Cinema, despite being re-painted as part of the development, nor the Driving School, which kept its Cuckoo Cars theme. It is currently unknown if these attractions will join the line-up in time for the 2021 opening.
For more information checkout our development archive.
What Sites are Available?
There are several sites around the park that are currently available for redevelopment. Here we take a look at some of the sites where we can expect to see new attractions built in the coming years.
The World of David Walliams
Most of the buildings on one side of the area are no longer open to the public from the shuttered 4D Cinema and Toy Shop at one end through to the old Nickelodeon building at the other. We can expect the area to expand over the coming years to incorporate these unused spaces, and not forgetting the Driving School, which is likely to be rethemed in the near future.
The Submission Memorial Garden – the former site of Submission has been empty since the ride closed in 2013. Whilst the lawn is a pleasant spot to relax at the heart of X Sector, after six years perhaps it is time for the Ministry of Joy to add a new experiment and bolster the park’s dwindling flat ride line-up.
The Dark Forest is brimming with potential for future development, most notably on the former site of the Ug Swinger, which has been empty since the ride moved to Cloud Cuckoo Land as the Twirling Toadstool way back in 2009. When the area was Festival Park in the 90s, the area around Th13teen’s entrance played host to several other rides, including The Beastie and Enterprise, so there is potential for more then one attraction in this under-used area. Perhaps the park could re-visit plans for the Robo-Arms that were considered as part of the Dark Forest development.
Equally it is worth mentioning that the site that currently houses the Dark Forest Lockers was once site of the Magic Carpet and later The Spider. Whilst the site itself is compact, the queues for these attractions once ran through the neighbouring woodland, with some evidence of the site’s past still visible today.
In Forbidden Valley the site left vacant by the removal of Ripsaw in 2015 is a prime location for a new headliner for the park’s flat ride line-up.