First look inside Chessington’s new Jumanji land and rollercoaster
Chessington World of Adventures has finally given a sneak peek inside its brand new Jumanji land ahead of it opening on May 15.
The theme park has build a flashy new World of Jumanji land for kids and adults to enjoy – and it includes its first new rollercoaster in 17 years.
The World of Jumanji will see families follow in the footsteps of Dr. Bravestone (playd by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the new films) through a series of adventures to locate the Jaguar’s Eye Jewel, lift the curse and save Jumanji.
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The Mandrill Mayhem rollercoaster will sweep up riders in the long arms of the terrifying monkey, as the horde whisks those from just 1.2m tall around the sites of Jumanji, all while dodging the hazards of the jungle.
Daily Mirror reporter Milo Boyd even got to give the new land a first ever look this week – so we can tell you what it’s all about.
Milo said: ‘The roller coaster hurtled along the tracks in a spiral around the towering head of a snarling jaguar, soaring gracefully up into the clouds as was intended over the past three years of designing, modelling and engineering.
“While there's a lot of jungle planting, painting and hut crafting to do before the Jumanji zone is ready for launch in just over two month's time, feeling the woosh of the coaster on its test run gave a sense of how exciting a ride it will be.
“The best part of the ride in my books is the way it shoots riders forwards to the top of the first spiral and then back the way it came, meaning you get two different sensations and spots each time you hop on the coaster.”
He added: “The 1,148feet long coaster will hit speeds of 42mph, just fractionally slower than thepark'sfamous Vampire Ride.
“As much as the engineers promised the train wouldn't be able to shoot off into the air when the rails come to a sudden stop, being at the front of the ride and looking out into the open sky beyond is going to be very exciting.
“Once safely not-hurled into thin air, Mandrill Mayhem whizzes riders back down through the station and around the perimeter of the park.”
The ride has been under construction since 2020 and features seats facing both ways along the track.
Rides will be able to see the massive Jumanji game board across the land from the 55ft vantage point of the rollercoaster.
Milo noted: “After a long pandemic that forced the park to completely shut up shop, and then huge, chaotic queues to get in once it reopened, the launch of the World of Jumanji will be a big return to thrill-seeking form for Chessington.”
The World of Jumanji will feature huge mandrill statues as well as two other rides.
Visitors can dodge the fangs of the black mamba on a dizzying, terrifying ride through the bazaar on Mamba Strike.
Or, they can swerve a herd of stampeding ostriches on a whirlwind ride in the dunes on Ostrich Stampede.
The rides are built on a maze of pathways – some more difficult to navigate than others – based on the iconic Jumanji board game.
Those who prefer not to go on the rides can find the Easter eggs secreted around the new land including a glowing gem and other film references.
There are also plenty of themed food and drink stops and shopping kiosks as well as photo zones for the perfect snaps.
Buy tickets from £36 at chessington.com.
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