The 5 ESSENTIAL News Updates for Theme Park Fans This Month (December 2014)By Amanda Kondolojy, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 05:48
December has seen a number of updates for theme park fans, including the beginnings of an exciting new licensing partnership with the proposed Paramount park in the UK, a new theme park announcement for South Korea, a closing at Cedar Point and more!
1. Could Sherlock, Merlin or Doctor Who be coming to a new Paramount park?
Earlier this month news broke that BBC Worldwide signed a development agreement with London Resort Company Holdings, the company behind the still-in-development Paramount London Entertainment Resort. This deal, which is the first step towards a formal partnership would see the proposed park develop attractions based on BBC IP, which could include internationally popular brands like Doctor Who, Merlin, Top Gear or even Sherlock.
Though the deal is preliminary (Wired notes that fans shouldn’t get too excited just yet), this is certainly an exciting development as plans for the park (set to open in 2020) begin to finalize.
2. Legoland expands to South Korea
Legoland has announced plans for yet another international theme park, this time setting its sights on South Korea. This new theme park is projected to cost up to $269.8 million and is projected to open in 2017 in the northern town of Chuncheon, Gangwon Province.
Once complete, Legoland: South Korea will become the sixth Legoland park worldwide. No details about what kind of attractions will be featured in the park (or even concept art) accompanied the announcement.
3. Battlestar Galactica set to re-open with new trains at Universal Studios Singapore in 2015
Though the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore has been standing but not operating since 2013, Resorts World Sentosa has confirmed that this fan-favorite attraction will re-open in early 2015, with all-new two-seater vehicles that are designed to be more comfortable for guests (and will prevent another “near-miss” incident the likes of which caused the attraction to close in the first place). You can check out the concept art for the “Human” track above, and the concept art for the suspended “Cylon” track is below.