Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park

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History of Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park

Chessington first opened in 1931 as Chessington Zoo. The park was owned by Reginald Goddard and it consisted of his collection of private animals. After the war despite the additions of a circus, miniature railway and a funfair the 800,000 attendance figures were declining.

In 1978 Chessington Zoo was sold to the Pearson Group who went on to invest £12m in the park during 1981 to transform the park into what it is today. This transformation took 6 years and then in July 1987 the park was opened by H.R.H. Prince Edward.

From 2000 the target audience of Chessington World of Adventures started to change. As the new owners – Merlin Entertainments – now owned Thorpe Park which is located on a larger area of land that can receive planning permission for much taller rides than Chessington ever could, the decision was made to turn Chessington World of Adventures into a park aimed at Families and Thorpe Park to aim at Thrill Seeking teenagers.

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Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park:

Below is a list of all the attractions and rides at Chessington World of Adventures… but don’t forget about the amazing Zoo and SEA LIFE Centre.

KOBRA: Rising up from ancient ruins, KOBRA dominates Wild Asia’s landscape. An awesome  ride that spins explorers through the air on a 90m track at a dizzying 43mph, KOBRA is a ride with some serious bite.
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 1.20 metres

Dragon’s Fury: Never have the same ride twice as you get propelled along by the rage of the furious dragon’s breath on this spin-tastic rollercoaster. Go on a thrilling journey of dips and dives, twists and turns and spins, spins, spins! No ride is ever the same – how fast you spin depends on who sits where!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 1.20 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Chest restrictions for guests with torso measurements approaching 51 inches or above apply.

Vampire: Shoot like a bat out of hell through the skies and across the treetops! With a height restriction of only 1.1m this is the perfect ride for young vampires to try their first awesome rollercoaster. It truely is flight of fright.
Ride Restrictions: Minimum height: 1.10 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Anyone under 1.3 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. Chest restrictions for guests with torso measurements approaching 51 inches or above apply.

Dragon Falls: It may look like a leisurely boat ride but watch out for the twist! Cruise along the winding river with its dips and falls – but beware as this exotic adventure promises a plunging finale!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Tomb Blaster: Tomb Blaster and battle the Curse of the Mummy challenges you to take it on? Armed with laser guns travel through the spooky labyrinth armed with laser guns and do battle with mummies and scarab beetles to rid the tomb of its ancient curse. Can you beat your best score?
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Lorikeet Lagoon: Go truly wild on an expedition through the Lorikeet Lagoon in amongst the exotic colourful birds. Get so close you can even hand feed them nectar.

Monkey Swinger: Fancy yourself as the ‘King of the Swingers’! Swinging through the air, adventurers are likely to get wet as they soar high above the ground.
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 1.20 metres

Black Buccaneer: The original pirate ship, the Black Buccaneer, swings you high up in the sky on a stomach churning ride to remember!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 1.00 metres, Anyone under 1.3 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Bubbleworks – Imperial Leather: Frothy family fun on the foam-fizzing, bubble-bursting, sweet smelling, ducktastic Bubbleworks indoor water ride!
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Rameses Revenge: The exhilarating Rameses Revenge ride turns you upside down, spins you around and lowers you head first over water fountains. Prepare to get a little bit wet.
Ride Restrictions: Minimum height: 1.40 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Chest restrictions for guests with torso measurements approaching 51 inches or above apply.

Rattlesnake: Snake, rattle and roar on the ssssensational Rattlesnake as it takes you on a journey full of highs and lows, twists and dips. This rattlesnake definitely has a sting in its tail!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 1.40 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Chest restrictions for guests with torso measurements approaching 51 inches or above apply.

Extreme Games Zone: Are you brave enough to go extreme?
Ride Restrictions:
Restrictions apply, please check on the day of your visit.

Peeking Heights: If you need to relax form all the fun your having or just fancy taking in all the views at chessington Peeking Heights is for you.
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Jungle Bus: Start your journey with a trip on the Jungle Bus, the perfect way to see what Wild Asia has to offer!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres

Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems: A turbulent way to navigate lost lands with fellow adventurers hot on your heels. Be warned, this route is far from smooth!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres

Seastorm: Toss and turn on the high seas with the adventure that is Seastorm. Faster than you think and with more twists and turns than a ship in high waters, this is dizzying fun for the whole family.
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Runaway Train: Step aboard the Runaway Train for a journey through the mountains!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. Chest restrictions for guests with torso measurements approaching 51 inches or above apply.

Safari Skyway: Take an exciting journey on the Safari Skyway and get a bird’s eye view of Chessington Zoo’s many animals. Look out for gorillas, lions, tigers, and sealions on an adventure high in the sky!
Ride Restrictions:
Maximum height: 1.96 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Temple of Mayhem: Go jungle crazy in the Temple of Mayhem! Shoot your fellow explorers as they run around like crazy little monkeys.
Ride Restrictions:
Maximum height: 1.40 metres

Griffin’s Galleon: Ride the waves for a journey to remember.
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Canopy Capers: Explore the tree house and walkways high in the sky. Can you get through to the other side?
Ride Restrictions:
Maximum height: 1.40 metres, Family Groups Only

Toadie’s Crazy Cars: Take a trip around Toadie’s garden, where the whole family can hit the road on a driving excursion with a difference.
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1 metre must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Berry Bouncers: This is a ride guaranteed to put a smile on young adventurers’ faces as they bounce up and down with the berries.
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Flying Jumbos: A real family favourite! Take flight on the pink elephants and control how high you go.
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Hocus Pocus Hall: Plenty of happenings of the haunted kind are to be expected in Hocus Pocus Hall, a fantasy 4-D walk-through experience in the park’s creepy old mansion. Home to a wacky wizard and mischievous goblins Hocus Pocus Hall is packed to the rafters with ghostly goings on. No height restriction.
Ride Restrictions:
Adventurers must be accompanied by a child under 1.4 metres.

Sea Dragons: Round and round you go on the Dragons of the Sea!
Ride Restrictions:
Minimum height: 0.90 metres, Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

Fun Fort Amusement Centre: While away a few moments.

Dragon’s Playhouse: A huge soft play and adventure centre for the younger adventurers.
Ride Restrictions: Maximum height: 1.40 metres, Must be supervised by an adult aged 16 or over. Guests are required to wear socks in the playhouse.

Sir Walter Squirtalot: Don’t get too close!
Ride Restrictions:
Family Groups Only

Dragon’s Tale Theatre:
Spike and the Missing Griffin:
Can you work out the magic words to find the ancient map and help Spike, Cinders, Marvin and Lionel on there search for the missing Griffin.
SPIKE ON SAFARI:
Come and join Spike and Cinders on a wild safari adventure – can the young dragons help their new friend Lionel the lion retrieve his crown to become the King of the Jungle again, or will Marvin the naughty monkey ruin their plans?
Ride Restrictions: Family Groups Only

Carousel: Chessington’s classic carousel is a real, old fashioned merry-go-round, with colourful horses and carriages for the whole family to enjoy.
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.3 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.Tiny

Truckers: Young adventurers can take charge and have their first driving experience on Tiny Truckers!
Ride Restrictions:
Anyone under 1.1 metres must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

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