There’s always something exciting in the pipeline at the theme parks, and in this section we share what we know so far.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Amazon Land – 2023

Plans are in the pipeline for a new land at Chessington World of Adventures encompassing a rollercoaster and two children’s rides. Originally outlined in the Resort’s last long term development plan, a full planning application was submitted in August 2021, with a March 2023 opening being targeted. The shape from above created by the plaza’s planned landscaping has fuelled speculation that the area could be themed to Jumanji.

Safari Lodges – 2023

After a more ambitious initial planning application in April 2017, revised plans were submitted by the Resort in November 2018, stripping the proposals back to a single cluster of 34 lodges, located to the north of the current Wanyama Reserve and Zufari ride area, and to the north west of the current Resort Hotels. The submission of applications in October 2021 to provide the details required under various conditions attached to the planning permission, indicated that the Resort hoped to commence construction in December 2021, and anticipated it to take approximately 52 weeks, putting the accommodation on course for a 2023 opening.

Thorpe Park Resort

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Project Exodus – 2024

Almost 10 years on from the opening of The Swarm at Thorpe Park, the Resort now have plans to add what is set to be the UK’s tallest rollercoaster. Likely to open for the 2024 season, the flagship new ride will be located in the area that has historically been Old Town, principally replacing Logger’s Leap following its closure in 2015.

Legoland Windsor Resort

LEGOLAND Windsor Long Term Plan

In June 2017, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort submitted a major planning application seeking permission for eight projects, including four new rides, a holiday village (to be built in three phases), an extension to ‘The Beginning’ which included an extension to the ‘Big Shop’, and a reconfiguration of the car parking. A long period of deliberation followed the Long Term Plan’s submission, with further delays then caused by several levels of appeals. However, with all avenues to appeal the approval of the application exhausted in late 2021, the Resort are now expected to move forward with implementing the proposed developments.