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- Chessington World of Adventures Resort
- Chessington World of Adventures Resort History
- Top 10 Rides at Chessington World of Adventures Resort
- Rides and Attractions at Chessington Theme Park
- Chessington World of Adventures Resort Tickets
- Travelling to Chessington World of Adventures Resort
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Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Chessington World of Adventures Resort has over 40 rides and attractions. The park is billed as Britains Wildest Adventure and also plays host to a zoo and Sealife centre. The resort has plenty of accommodation on-site to choose from with two hotels and Explorer Glamping.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort History
The Original Mansion
In 1348, the original mansion was built. It is likely that it was a country house named Chessington Lodge. During the Civil War between 1642 and 1660, the original building became a Cavalier stronghold. The mansion was burnt to the ground by Cromwell’s forces. Following its restoration, it was renamed ‘Burnt Stub’. During the late 17th Century the site was used as a wayside alehouse.
The 20th century
At the beginning of the 20th century, the estate came into the hands of the Vere Barker family. Unfortunately, it was seriously damaged by fire for the 2nd time. It was reconditioned in 1919 at a cost of £50,000. In 1931 animal enthusiast Reginald opened Chessington Zoo to allow the public to view his private animal collection. There was a temporary closure of Chessington Zoo in 1939. This was due to government restrictions prevented large crowds forming at entertainment venues during wartime.
The Tussauds Group
In 1978 Chessington Zoo was sold to the Pearson Group who later bought Madame Tussauds. This led to the formation of The Tussauds Group. In 1987 Chessington World of Adventures opened as a Theme Park. The original line up of rides included Dragon Falls, Safari Skyway, Toadies Crazy Cars and The Runaway Train. In the following years, a number of new rides and attractions were opened.
The Samurai ride first opened at Chessington World of Adventures in 1999. This ride has now been relocated to Thorpe Park. Major additions were made to the Theme Park in 2004 when Land of the Dragons opened. This new land included a children’s adventure playground and Dragon’s Fury, a spinning roller coaster for all the family.
Merlin Entertainments Group
In 2007 the Tussauds Group and Merlin Entertainments merged to form Merlin Entertainments Group. Also in 2007 Holiday Inn Chessington opened. This hotel featured a contemporary design and a safari theme.
Chessington SEA LIFE Centre
In 2008, a SEA LIFE centre was introduced to Chessington, housing over 20 displays with marine life ranging from starfish to stingrays. The SEA LIFE centre is packed full of fun exhibitions, including interactive rock pools, daily talks and feeding sessions as well as a breathtaking walkthrough ocean tunnel. Chessington Zoo also introduced two new Sumatran tiger cubs in 2008. This was a welcome addition to a species that has fewer than 400 left in the world. Major investment in 2010 saw the opening of the Wild Asia section of the theme park complete with the KOBRA ride. Wanyama Village and Reserve were created to expand the Zoo area of the Park and integrate the hotel as a resort.
In 2014, the Resort saw its biggest investment ever with nearly £15 million spent across the estate. A brand new ride experience for Scorpion Express was launched. The major development was the opening of the Azteca Hotel. This is a fully themed Resort hotel located on the park with 69 themed rooms, a new splash water play zone within the leisure club and a totally unique temple-themed restaurant.
Another addition was the AMAZU Treetop Adventure located just outside the hotel. Read our review of Chessington World of Adventures Resort including our stay in the Azteca Hotel.
Top 10 Rides at Chessington World of Adventures Resort
1 – Dragons Fury
Dragons Fury is based on a very angry dragon. It is a roller coaster ride through dizzying twists and turns, dips and dives. As you hurtle around the roller coaster track your car spins. No matter how many times you ride, it’s always a unique ride, depending on who sits where.
2 – Vampire
Vampire is a family-friendly rollercoaster with a height restriction of only 1.1 metres. The ride takes you soaring through the skies and flying over the treetops with your legs dangling below you.
3 – Rattlesnake
The rattlesnake roller coaster is themed around an old Mexican tin mine. Hold tight as you snake your way through the sharp turns, inclines and sudden dips.
4 – Rameses Revenge
Prepare for a soaking on this thrilling ride that spins you around and turns you upside down. This is a great ride for spectators to watch, just when riders think Rameses had got his revenge, the ride lowers them down head first over splashing water fountains.
5 – Kobra
Kobra Rises from the ruins of Wild Asia. Its a thrilling ride, spinning through the air, travelling backwards and forwards along 90 metres of track at an awesome 43mph. Adventurers beware, this is a ride with some serious bite.
6 – Dragon Falls
Dragon Falls log flume is currently being refurbished by Garmendale Engineering.
Once the work has been completed, once again Dragon Falls will offer a wet and wild thrill ride. Passengers experience a super-soaking splash as they plunge into the waters below.
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7 – Tomb Blaster
Adventurers are on a mission to battle the Curse of the Mummy. Ride through the Ancient Egyptian labyrinth armed with a laser gun to shoot mummies and scarab beetles and rid the tomb of its evil curse. What will you score?
8 – The Scorpion Express
The Scorpion Express is a fun ride for all the family, suitable for brave young adventurers who can experience their first roller coaster thrill. The ride is themed around an unstable mine guarded by a giant Scorpion with surprises awaiting you at every turn including fire and water effects.
9 – The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure
Opened in 2017. Join Mouse on a magical riverboat journey through the deep dark wood. As you float down the lazy river, the world of The Gruffalo will magically unfold in front of your eyes, with exciting twists and turns along the way.
9 – Zufari
ZUFARI: Ride into Africa! opened in 2013. This is a safari truck expedition into a mysterious African Kingdom. Amongst other animals, ZUFARI brings Giraffe back to the park after an 18 year absence and introduces White Rhino for the first time.
Rides and Attractions at Chessington Theme Park
Within Chessington Theme Park there are 10 themed lands AND over 40 rides and attractions.
In Africa, the attractions include the Penguins of Madagascar Live show, Toadies Crazy Cars and the Treetop Hoppers ride.
Located in the Mexicana section of the park is The Scorpion Express, a family-friendly roller coaster. This is a fun ride for all the family, suitable for brave young adventurers who can experience their first roller coaster thrill. The ride is themed around an unstable mine guarded by a giant Scorpion with surprises awaiting you at every turn including fire and water effects. Also located in the Mexicana section of the park is The rattlesnake roller coaster which is themed around an old Mexican tin mine. The roller coaster snakes its way through sharp turns, inclines and sudden dips.
Located in the Transylvania section of the theme park is The Vampire roller coaster. With a height restriction of only 1.1 metres, this roller coaster is perfect for all ages. The Vampire is an inverted roller coaster ride that flies over the village and treetops with your legs dangling below you.
ZUFARI – Ride into Africa! is a theme park adventure and safari combined. On this adventure ride, you will come face to face with wonderful African animals such as White Rhino, Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. Embark on a thrilling off-road truck journey and watch out for unexpected dangers. Also in the Zufari section of the theme park is the Flying Jumbos ride.
Dragons Fury a spinning roller coaster ride is located in Land of the Dragons. Other attractions in this section of the park include Canopy Capers, Sea Dragons, Dragon’s Playhouse and Griffin’s Galleon.
In the Forbidden Kingdom are Tomb Blaster and Rameses Revenge rides. Rameses Revenge is a thrilling ride that turns you upside down and spins you around. To add to the thrills it then lowers you down head first over splashing water fountains.
Market Square is home to Hocus Pocus Hall, The Carousel and Tiny Truckers.
Peeking Heights Ferris wheel and Dragon Falls log flume are located in the Mystic East. On Dragon Falls log flume your boat takes an adventurous cruise through the winding rivers, dips and gentle rapids of the Mystic East. The ride climaxes with a drop into the falls.
There is a Pirate ship named the Black Buccaneer and Seastorm a spinning ride in the Pirates Cove section of the park.
The final section of the park is called Wild Asia, there are a number of attractions in this section of the park with the highlight being Kobra which spins backwards and forwards through the air. The ride reaches speeds of 43mph as it travels along the 90-metre track. Other attractions located in this section of the theme park are Monkey Swinger, Jungle Bus, Tuk Tuk Turmoil dodgems and Temple of Mayhem.
Also located at Chessington World of Adventures Resort is Chessington Zoo which houses over 1000 animals including Lions, Tigers, and Giraffes. The SEA LIFE centre is packed full of fun exhibitions, including interactive rock pools, daily talks and feeding sessions as well as a breathtaking walk through ocean tunnel.
Food and Drink
Whatever your tastes, there is something to suit every palette from simple pizza and pasta to oriental and Mexican dishes at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
Collectable Pop Badges
One of the unique offers at Chessington World of Adventures is the opportunity for children to collect the wild range of free pop badges during your visit. Free badges are available in children’s meals from the restaurants throughout the Resort. If you visit on your birthday then head over to Guest Help & Information for an exclusive birthday badge. During special events, badges relating to the event are often given away.
Once you have collected a few badges, you can swap with staff members if you see a badge that you would prefer. Throughout the season new badges are released and some of the staff members have exclusive badges so keep your eyes peeled.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort Hotels
Go on a quest to find some treasure at the Azteca Hotel. At the Safari Hotel travel into the African Savannah or go on the wildest of adventures in the great outdoors at Explorer Glamping. Both hotels provide guests with access to the indoor swimming pool, savannah splash pool and gym.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort Tickets
Purchase your tickets in advance to save time queing at the entrance to the park and also saving on the full price admission. You can buy your tickets in advance from the following providers:
Travelling to Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Chessington World of Adventures Resort is on the A243, just two miles from the A3 and M25 (junction 9 or 10). The attraction is well signposted.
Travelling by Train
The nearest train station to Chessington World of Adventures Resort is Chessington South Station, which is approximately a 10 minutes walk. Chessington is within 35 minutes of central London and regular South West Train services run from Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon.
Chessington South station is located within Zone 6 of the London Travel zones and accepts Oyster cards. See Train Genius website for details.
There are lots of places to stay in Surrey and the surrounding areas. Chessington World of Adventures Resort offers on-site accomodation. If you only planning on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at some of the wonderful self-catering cottages available from Snaptrip.
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