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Inside the new Paramount theme park to open in Kent

Bosses claim resort will rival Disneyland in Florida, with more than 50 rides and attractions

Planning for a £3.5bn resort touted as the UK's Disneyland is approaching its final stages, with the park due to open by 2022.

If approved, building will begin in 2019 on the Swanscombe Peninsula in north Kent to create an 872-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, as well as hotels, restaurants, a 2,000-seat theatre, an outdoor event space and nightclubs.

What sort of rides will it have?

Attractions will be inspired by Paramount Films, which is behind Hollywood's blockbusters such as Titanic, Indiana Jones, Transformers and Iron Man, as well as the BBC and Aardman Animations, which established Wallace and Gromit as household names. The park will be divided into zones such as Port Paramount and Adventure Isle.

How much will tickets cost?

According to the Kent and Sussex Courier, a full-price ticket for one day has been drafted as £57, only slightly more than the current on-the-day price for Alton Towers (£52.80).

Are there any pros and cons for the local area?

The park is expected to bring in 50,000 visitors every day, which could put pressure on the local transport systems but might also bring more investment to the area. Humphrey Percy, group chief executive of the project's parent company Kuwaiti European Holdings, said: "We are working with the railways to make sure there's sufficient capacity. We're also considering having a boat from central London or Greenwich which will all be part of the attraction."

Resort bosses also predict that 33,000 jobs will be created, more than half of which will go to local residents.

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