Chessington World of Adventures
United Kingdom (Abbreviation: CWOA)
Merlin Entertainments Group
Park News - (12/23/13) A large fire broke out at Chessington World of Adventures on Saturday morning in the Santa’s Grotto area, needing eight fire engines to arrive on site to put out the blaze inside the Creaky Café building. Thankfully the park was closed at the time and no guests were involved, and the reindeer on-site were rescued from the area. From the look of the photo posted here, the Café building appears to have been completely gutted by the flames.
As a result of the fire, the park’s operations have been suspended for the time being. The park will reopen to day-ticket holders on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th), but hotel stay guests will continued as planned. Until Dec. 26th, the park will only be open in a limited capacity for these on-site hotel guests. Those with pre-booked tickets, annual passholders as well as walk-up guests will not be permitted in until Dec. 26th. Complete information from the park can be found here.
(9/25/13) Oh Merlin… it has been far too long since your crazy hyper-machine churned out a new insane marketing story… but we’ve got one this week that is one of the strangest of all. According to this (cough—cough) news story, Chessington has decided to ban guests wearing animal print clothing into the park because it confuses the animals. They claim to have employeed bouncers of all things to enforce this zero-tolerance ban on Zebra, Giraffe, Leopand and African Wild Dog print clothing.
And why all the sudden confusion? Because they claim the 22-acre Zufari attraction that opened a few months ago is such a replica of the real Serengeti plains, that the animals are just too confused to handle it all when coming into close contact with guests. Guests in the park in animal patterns will be supplied with Chessington branded clothing when taking their ride on Zufari.
(8/9/13) Details about what will take place at Chessington this fall at this year’s Halloween Hocus Pocus event can be found at ThemeParks-UK.
(6/18/13) About 40 riders became stuck on the Rameses Revenge ride on Sunday at Chessington for up to two hours before they could be cut free, one at a time from the ride’s restraints, suspended about 20 feet in the air. Click here to read more.
2014 - New Ride Themes - (1/20/14) New logos for the Scorpion Express and Amazu Treetop Adventure have been posted at ThemeParks-UK for Chessington’s new 2014 attractions.
(1/10/14) Chessington has confirmed that the Runaway Mine Train will be renamed and rethemed as Scorpion Express. Following suit, the Mexicana area of the park will now become Scorpion Valley. Also new this year will be the Amazu Treetop Adventure walk-through attraction. Check out ThemeParks-UK for more details.
(7/23/13) According to ThemeParks-UK, Rameses Revenge at Chessington has been closed since the ride got stuck last months and riders had to be cut free in mid air. The park has confirmed it will not reopen until 2014. The park’s Runaway Train is also currently closed for a themeing upgrade and will reopen in 2014. Dragon Falls is open, but over the winter it too will get new themeing and reopen with a new look in 2014.