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Paramount theme park plans

In this week's poll, we ask whether you think that a proposed Paramount theme park for London's Thames Estuary would be a success.

This week saw the news that the proposed £2 billion project to build a major theme park resort in the Thames Estuary is under threat, with the government proposing the construction of a new river crossing on the same site. Of course, if the project collapses, it wouldn't be the first time that a major theme park resort has been announced and never materialised. Hello, Dubailand.

If it is eventually built, the Paramount resort will also include an indoor water park, an entertainment district, music venues and hotels. Unlike Paramount Parks, the studio's previous theme park venture (which was sold to Cedar Fair in 2006), the new park is set to be owned and operated entirely by outside investors. Paramount Pictures' involvement is likely be limited to licensing intellectual properties for use in attractions, and to providing conceptual master planning and design for the project.

The UK currently lacks its own major movie-theme park (discounting the Warner Bros Studio Tour), with Disney having opted to build its own European outpost in France and with Universal yet to build a Studios park in the continent at all. Yet it has one of the most vibrant theme park markets in the world, supporting dozens of parks despite its rainy climate.

In many ways, a Universal-style movie-themed park is a great fit with the UK market. Firstly, Brits love Hollywood blockbusters, and Britain has its own rich history of film-making, too. Plus, the indoor dark rides and shows that typically form the bulk of such a park's line-up make much more sense in the British climate than the outdoor roller coasters that dominate existing UK parks.

However, with the well-established Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures also serving the London area, the Paramount park wouldn't be short of competition. And Disneyland Paris is within easy reach just across the Channel, too.

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So, if the Paramount Park does finally secure financing and planning permission to become a reality, would it ultimately prove to be successful?

Would London's Paramount theme park be a success?

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I like the idea of it, and would definitely visit there myself, but with three of the merlin theme parks also located in London not sure how it would cope with competition with the already established parks. I do like the idea of an entertainment complex with indoor waterpark etc. As part of the plan which the other parks don't have, and neither does most of London. I really hope it does go ahead.

How about the park being built 'up north' or is that prospect too shocking ???

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