“World of Jumanji” will be the world’s first themed area in an amusement park based on the film franchise set to open at Chessington World of Adventures in spring 2023. This was announced today by the Merlin Entertainments (Merlin) operating group for its theme park resort located in southwest London. The new area is part of a 17 million British pound investment development that is the largest in the history of the UK resort. First visuals show the entrance portal to the new themed land topped by the giant jaguar shrine from the hit movie, which houses the Jumanji jewel. Winding around the over 16-meter-high jaguar figure in the design sketches is a roller coaster steel track, suggesting that a new coaster will be coming to Chessington in the upcoming season. More details about the new themed area’s attractions and experiences are set to be shared over the coming months.
Tim Harrison-Jones, Divisional Director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: “What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit Jumanji film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen. 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!“
It’s the second project based on the exclusive agreement between Merlin and Sony Pictures Entertainment / Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment to implement attractions and experiences based on the Jumanji film series. Earlier this year, the world’s first Jumanji ride, “Jumanji The Adventure”, was opened at Gardaland Resort in Italy (see our report in EAP issue 3/2022). (eap)