Chessington World of Adventures Resort have made a number of cutbacks to their park operations recently, which have not only seen weekday opening hours reduced, but also the removal of a popular attraction from this year’s Halloween line up.
Just three weeks after announcing a refreshed line up for Howl’o’ween 2015, the Resort have removed Vampire: The Haunting in the Hollows from this year’s offering, leaving just Trick or Treat Wood and new attraction, The Curse of The Lost Tomb as the main features of this year’s festivities. The withdrawal of the popular attraction will disappoint many fans of Chessington’s Halloween event with many looking forward to its return this year. It is currently unknown what the exact reason for the sudden removal of the attraction is, however it would now appear that new attraction, The Curse of the Lost Tomb will be included in the general admission price (previously it had been advertised as carrying an additional charge).
The cut backs to Howl’o’ween follow on from a recent reduction in the Resort’s off peak, weekday opening hours with the Resort now opening 10am-4pm between 7th September until 16th October (previously 10am – 5pm), something which has dismayed many people. There have also recently been a number of operational issues affecting the Resort, with a number of major rides and attractions suffering downtime, including Dragon’s Fury, Kobra, and Tomb Blaster. Rattlesnake is also still closed for the foreseeable future, whilst it has been confirmed that Safari Skyway will not open again this season. These recent issues have led to the Resort handing guests a letter entitling them to a free return visit, or the opportunity to bring a guest for free if they are an Annual Pass holder.
It’s not all bad news for the Resort however, with a number of developments taking place in recent weeks. As we previously reported, plans have been submitted for a new Explorers Glamping Site to open in 2016 and there is now a show tent promoting the new accommodation on the lawn by the Sealife Centre. The refurbished Captain’s Fish and Chips restaurant is now open, offering a much improved experience from the previous Fish and Chips outlet located on the same site. It has also recently emerged that a new ride will be coming to the Wild Asia area of the park for next season, although exact details of what this will be are yet to be revealed.
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