Universal Studios Unveils Plans for 480-Acre UK Resort

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Hollywood movie-making giants unveil plans to make Bedford home to one of the world’s biggest theme parks.

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Universal Studios has updated Bedford residents on their plans for a British outpost to rival their existing theme park resorts in Hollywood and Orlando, urging people to get their comments in ahead of a looming deadline. The US entertainment firm has revealed new proposals for an attraction they say will celebrate Bedford’s ‘vibrant history’ alongside rides based on silver-screen hits.

Islands of Adventure - Hogwarts Express
Islands of Adventure – Hogwarts Express

Europe’s First Universal Theme Park Resort

NBC Universal confirmed earlier this year that they had acquired 480 acres of land at Kempston Hardwick in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside, previously a brickworks. At the time, they were assessing whether to use this land for Universal’s sixth theme park and its first in Europe.

Universal’s theme park in Orlando has its own Harry Potter world, with the prospect of a similar offering tempting fans of the JK Rowling books and films to the UK.

Worldwide Attractions

There are currently five Universal Studios parks – the most well known are Hollywood and Orlando in the USA, but other locations include Osaka in Japan, Sentosa in Singapore and Beijing in China. You can discover more about the existing Universal Theme Parks and Resorts located across the world on our sister site Attractions Near Me Worldwide.

Universal Studios Theme Park Resorts World Location Map
Universal Studios Theme Park Resorts World Location Map

Top 10 UK Theme Park Resorts

The proposed UK development will be the Companies sixth Theme Park Resort, with rival Companies like Merlin Entertainments already dominating the market with attractions like Alton Towers Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort and LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, it will be interesting to see where Universal fits on our Top 10 UK Theme Park Resorts listing. Based on our experiences at other Universal Them Parks across the world, we strongly suspect that they will be targeting the top spot.

Why Bedford?

Bedford may seem like an unusual choice of location, but is said to appeal thanks to its proximity to London and the nearby London Luton Airport. The new Theme Park Resort will only be around 40 miles from rival company Warner Bros who operate The Making Of Harry Potter studio tour in Watford.

The Universal Prospectus shared online outlines why they choose the UK and also why they choose Bedford with one of key points being their good transport links to major towns and cities both in the UK and across the world.

In addition, Universals parent company Comcast Corporation has a strong presence in the UK, with NBCUniversal International and Sky’s headquarters both based here.

Universals Master Plan

The Master Plan gives an insight into the how the land may be utilised, with Theme Park, Hotel Accommodation, Retail Dining, Entertainment venues and more…

Universal UK Indictive Master Plan
Universal UK Indictive Master Plan

Top 10 UK Theme Parks

This is very exciting news but Universal have stressed that they while they do own the land in Bedford, it will still be a long time before they are ready to make a decision regarding whether or not to proceed. They are still very early in the planning stages of the project and are determining its feasibility.

If the project does go ahead, it could mean there is some strong competition for the likes of Alton Towers Resort, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures. We envisage that this new attraction would certainly be challenging for the top spot in our Top 10 UK Theme Parks listing.

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Universal Studios Unveils Plans for 480-Acre UK Resort was last modified: June 7th, 2024 by Dan

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