What’s on the cards?
2020 is just around the corner and the park has already started preparing for next season. Let’s take a look at what we know so far…
An update for Cloud Cuckoo Land has been on the cards for some time now and we now know that 2019 will be the final season for this larger then life corner of the park.
In October the park announced that long-rumoured The World of David Walliams would be opening in 2020, drawing from the works of the celebrity author. So far we have seen construction walls go up around the House of Monsters, which is set to be replaced for the new season by Gangsta Granny: The Ride, a brand new tracked dark ride.
We also know that the Gallopers and Frog Hopper will be part of the new area, becoming the Royal Carousel and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp. There has not yet been any announcement about the Driving School or 4D Cinema, but there could still be some surprises in store before the start of the new season.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.