On Monday, April 12th, Chessington World of Adventures opened Croc Drop – a new family drop tower located in the Forbidden Kingdom area of the theme park. Attraction Source attended during opening week to experience the new ride.
Replacing the Huss Topspin Rameses Revenge, Croc Drop is a 25m tall SBF Visa Group family drop tower which plunges its riders into the giant jaws of Sobek, the ancient Egyptian Crocodile God and protector of the Nile, who has been possessed by evil spirits, transforming him into a cruel deity.
Croc Drop’s entrance guides guests through the former Rameses Revenge photo building, into a winding Egyptian themed queue that snakes around the back of the area, including through a large cattle pen section which provides nice views of the imposing tower from the rear. The cattle pen section could benefit from a roofing structure to shield waiting guests from the sun and rain. The landscaped areas around the queue feature tropical planting along with themed props and a large amount of rock work.
Riders then proceed around the ride, leading to a batching area before entering Sobek’s Temple. The Fastrack and Accessibility queues also merge into the batching area, with both entrances for these queues located opposite the newly rebranded chicken restaurant, Drop’N Chicken. An impressive soundtrack has been created for the ride, which plays throughout the area. Staff that are working on the attraction wear specific Croc Drop attire.