HOLD on tight, thrillseekers. Chessington World of Adventures Resort is preparing to unveil its new World of Jumanji – featuring an exciting new rollercoaster.
With more than 40 rides and attractions, from rollercoasters to water chutes, plus more than 1,000 animals in the zoo and a SEA LIFE aquarium, there is so much at the Surrey theme park.
Now Mandrill Mayhem, inspired by the monkey that swoops and flips through trees in the wild, is Chessington’s first new rollercoaster since 2004.
It will sweep riders up in the arms of a giant replica mandrill, propelling them forward and back and flipping them – a first for Chessington – before spiralling toward the summit of the 55ft-tall Jaguar Shrine.
It is the centrepiece of the new land, which is inspired by the fantasy-adventure Jumanji movie series and will also feature thrilling new rides Ostrich Stampede and Mamba Strike.
Still being built, the land is due to open in spring, but I got a sneak peek with my kids Jacob, eight, Olive, five, and Ivy, two.
Mandrill Mayhem, wrapped round the mighty Jaguar, is the world’s ONLY Jumanji rollercoaster, in the planet’s FIRST Jumanji-themed land.
Of course, World of Jumanji is not all that Chessington World of Adventures offers.
Fun includes the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure as well as Room on a Broom – A Magical Journey.
There’s the Croc Drop ride, opened in 2021, legendary Vampire rollercoaster – and Canopy Capers, a sky-high play area with rope bridges and a fantasy treehouse.
Visit the soft-play, too, especially if the weather is bad.
But before all this, Chessington was a zoo, and it still has endless animals, from lions and tigers, to gorillas, tigers, penguins and sea lions.
My kids loved the giraffes and penguins.
There’s a petting zoo, too, and Olive loved cuddly guinea pig Sprout, and a baby goat born at the zoo.
All the kids adored the zoo’s meerkats.
The park is a great day out for kids of all ages.
Rides restart at the end of March, and World of Jumanji opens a little later in spring.
You can follow in the footsteps of Dr Bravestone – played in the later Jumanji films by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – through a world of adventures to locate the Jaguar’s Eye Jewel.
You only have to be 1.2 metres for the new rollercoaster so younger thrill-seekers can ride.
I can’t wait to go return when World of Jumanji is open.
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