What’s on the cards?
2020 is just around the corner and the park has already started preparing for next season. Whilst there have not yet been any official announcements as to what to expect for 2020, let’s take a look at what we know so far…
Cloud Cuckoo Land
An update for Cloud Cuckoo Land has been on the cards for some time now and 2020 is certain to see new developments, though it is not yet clear if we should be expecting a whole new area or new additions within the existing theme.
So far we have seen construction walls go up around the House of Monsters, which looks set to be replaced for the new season; though the construction banner promises new experiences, suggesting that more than one addition is coming. The tagline for the development is ‘Under New Management’, which would seem to suggest we might get a character led experience and could indicate that we could also see a new film in the 4D Cinema for 2020.
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 Wickerman but was later shelved.
The permission to build this restaurant expires in 2020, so could the new season see the planned restaurant arrive after a positive couple of years for the park?
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 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.
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Most of the buildings in 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. Meanwhile, on the other side of the street, whilst the House of Monsters has been a great addition to the Scarefest line-up, it seems that the old Wobble World building and Cafe will return to regular use in 2020. And let’s not forget the Twirling Toadstool, which was dismantled for TLC in 2017 and is now due for replacement.
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.
Whilst the Sub-Terra compound is also available for redevelopment, it seems like this may now be a few seasons off with the arrival of the new Project 42 Scaremaze, which is taking over the building this Scarefest.