The new long term plan, which sets out proposals for the next 5-10 years at the Resort, details a range of key projects which aim to help not only maintain and increase visitor numbers, but also refresh and diversify what is on offer by investing in a number of key areas, including rides and attractions, accommodation, and infrastructure such as car parks and back of house facilities.
One of the most interesting proposals to be revealed as part of the public consultation into the new long term plan detail plans for a new headline attraction for the resort which will help enhance the resort’s reputation and enable it to remain competitive in the leisure market. Currently proposed for land in front of the current Land of the Dragons and to the side of Transylvania, the resort proposes to add a medium family sized coaster which will target their core family market (families with children aged 5-12). The attraction is currently suggested to be either a ‘Wild Jungle Ride’ or a ‘Water Coaster’, with concept art suggesting themes from an adventure through the jungle, to a pirate theme. The masterplan also indicates a second possible new attraction on the site of the current Toadie’s Crazy Cars, however it is not currently known what could be proposed for this location.
Also detailed within the masterplan are proposals to add lodge style accommodation which will increase and diversify the offering for guests who wish to visit the resort for a short break. Proposed to be situated behind the Wanyama Reserve, the village style accommodation will feature up to 45 safari themed lodges, as well as incorporate a feeding platform which will enable the resort to offer additional experiences to guests staying in the new area. These lodges will add to the already large range of overnight accommodation at Chessington, with the resort already having two hotels – Safari and Azteca – and Explorer Glamping which is due to open in May 2016.