As part of the announcement, two concept images have been released focusing on the area’s entrance portal, which is shrouded in the ominous and overgrown Jumanji jungle that is said to dominate the land, and the 55ft Jaguar Shrine that will feature as the area’s focal point, awaiting the return of the curse-lifting Jaguar’s Eye jewel. The land is said to be a £17m development (the single largest investment in the Resort’s history), and follows the announcement earlier this year of an agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Merlin Entertainments to develop and operate attractions, rides, lands, retail outlets and themed hotel rooms based on the Jumanji film franchise across Merlin’s Resort Theme Parks and Waterparks in Europe (including the UK) and North America.
Speaking about the announcement, Tim Harrison-Jones, Divisional Director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said:
“What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit Jumanji film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen. We know what it takes to create the ultimate adventure for our guests, spread over 128acres the Resort already delivers surprises around everyone corner with over 40 wild rides and attractions, zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, plus glamping!”
Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment added:
“After being entertained by the films for so many years, fans now have the chance to experience Jumanji in a whole new dimension and we are thrilled to be going on this exciting adventure with the creative team at Chessington as Jumanji further expands with its very own themed land.”
Details about the new area’s wild rides, adventurous attractions and drama-filled experiences have not been revealed at this stage, but are set to be shared over the coming months. All signs point to a launched shuttle wing coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard featuring as the area’s centrepiece attraction, with what is clearly identifiable as B&M track shown spiralling up around the Jaguar Shrine in the concept images released. The land is also due to feature two low-level flat rides suitable for younger children.
Construction of the new land is already progressing at pace, and Attraction Source will continue to bring the latest updates as they emerge.
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