According to the Evening Standard, the folks at ITV have revealed plans to open a mini theme park in London in 2018 that will include both Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and Victoria attractions. Promising a ‘distinctive visitor experience’, the announcement from the commercial and ventures arm of ITV said the mini-theme park would also include a 100-seat auditorium for ‘immersive cinematic presentations’ and a restaurant.
While nothing has been firmed up yet other than the initial announcement, the commercial broadcaster is reportedly looking for a site in Zone 1 to offer 250,000 visitors a year a chance to “experience” ITV programs rather than just watch them at home. With fans getting the opportunity to look at sets, costumes, and other props from popular ITV shows, one can only imagine the possibilities.
I’m thinking a Dowager Countess roller coaster might be worth the price of admission alone. That said, the initial report from ITV makes it sound like the destination will be less about thrill rides, and more about exhibits of costumes and set pieces. Oh well, it will still be worth it, roller coaster or not.