Black­pool flies into fu­ture

Sunday Express - - CRASH THAT CHANGED THE RAILWAYS - By Eu­gene Hen­der­son

THE big­gest in­vest­ment in the re­sort of Black­pool for more than a cen­tury will in­clude a fly­ing the­atre and an alien diner.

They are part of a £300mil­lion re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion scheme in­volv­ing a huge leisure com­plex on the site of the town’s Cen­tral Sta­tion, which closed in 1964. It is ex­pected to be­come a new land­mark on the Golden Mile.

At the heart of the project is an in­door ad­ven­ture park and “fully im­mer­sive fly­ing the­atre” based on Char­i­ots Of The Gods?, a story writ­ten in 1968 by Swiss au­thor Erich von Daniken.

There is also a 150-bed­room ho­tel, a vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence with “epic scale” vi­su­als and body track­ing, an alien diner themed bar and restau­rant, a multi-me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion space and in­door in­ter­ac­tive en­ter­tain­ment. It is the

‘This has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties’

brain­child of Aus­trian-born com­poser Nor­bert Re­ichart, who bought the rights to the book which ex­plored alien en­coun­ters and un­solved mys­ter­ies of an­cient civil­i­sa­tion. It sold 70 mil­lion copies.

He said: “The book was a phe­nom­e­non and has so many pos­si­bil­i­ties for this at­trac­tion in Black­pool as it touches on an­cient his­tory, cul­ture space travel and will ap­peal to all ages.”

The “fly­ing the­atre” will be sim­i­lar to Soarin’ at Walt Dis­ney World in Flor­ida where thrill seek­ers are sprayed with wa­ter and blown with wind while watch­ing a seg­ment of video. It will be the UK’s first 5D ex­pe­ri­ence, say the de­vel­op­ers Nikal.

Coun­cil bosses be­lieve the scheme, due to open in 2024, will at­tract 600,000 visitors a year.

The Eden Project has also un­veiled plans for an £80mil­lion at­trac­tion in More­cambe.

SKY HIGH: The new fly­ing the­atre is part of a £300m facelift

FU­TUR­IS­TIC: New vi­sion for More­cambe from the Eden Project

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR: A scene from the new im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence

SANDS OF TIME: Black­pool’s Golden Mile will have a fresh look

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