ADVENTURE

Inside Chessington World of Adventures’ incredible new Jumanji land featuring huge new rollercoaster

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.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort is preparing to unveil its new World of Jumanji – featuring an exciting new rollercoaster

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Chessington World of Adventures Resort is preparing to unveil its new World of Jumanji – featuring an exciting new rollercoasterCredit: Stewart Williams
The Surrey theme park has more than 40 rides and attraction plus more than 1,000 animals in the zoo

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The Surrey theme park has more than 40 rides and attraction plus more than 1,000 animals in the zooCredit: Stewart Williams

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.

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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.

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ADVENTURE

‘World of Jumanji’ Attraction Coming to U.K. Theme Park Chessington World of Adventures

Sony Pictures Entertainment has inked a deal with U.K. theme park and resort Chessington World of Adventures Resort to bring “Jumanji” to life.

“World of Jumanji,” a £17 million ($20 million) entirely new land, is set to open at Chessington in spring 2023.

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It will be the first “Jumanji”-themed land on the planet.

First-look images, showing the proposed designs for the land, give fans a glimpse of a jungle-like entrance portal including a 17-meter high Jaguar Shrine. Details of the rides, attractions and experiences that will populate “World of Jumanji” are set to be unveiled in the coming months.

Earlier this year Merlin Entertainments, which operates Chessington World of Adventures, and Sony’s Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment inked an exclusive multi-territory deal.

. - Credit: Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

. – Credit: Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

Sony is reportedly looking for new ways to utilize its stable of globally-known IP while Merlin, which also operates U.K. theme parks including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor, says its “broader global strategy” includes working with leading IP and brands.

“What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit ‘Jumanji’ film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen,” said Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, in a statement. “We know what it takes to create the ultimate adventure for our guests, spread over 128 acres the Resort already delivers surprises around everyone corner with over 40 wild rides and attractions, zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, plus glamping!”

Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of global partnerships and brand management and head of location based entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment said: “After being entertained by the films for so many years, fans now have

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