Work is underway on 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. Following approval in January 2022, it was confirmed that the area would open in 2023. In August 2022, the Resort confirmed the speculation by announcing the new land as being the World of Jumanji.

24th September 2022

Further brown coloured supports continue to be delivered to the Resort, with the first set having been installed on concrete footers around the layout. With track yet to arrive, the construction team do not appear to be following a set order in which the ride steelwork is installed. Currently the largest column erected will support part of the zero-g roll above the entrance to the land, which should provide an eye-catching welcome for guests. The first station support has been installed at the back of the loading platform, showing that the track will be elevated in height compared to a traditional wing coaster design, such as The Swarm at Thorpe Park. The Jaguar Shrine now appears to be completely covered in sprayed concrete, with workers carving and shaping the finer details and patterns into the structure. A hole for the jewel (called Jaguar’s Eye in the movies) has been carved between the eyes, with this piece of theming currently being stored at ground level awaiting installation.

10th September 2022

This update comes shortly after the first delivery of brown supports for the rollercoaster to the Resort, which are evidently manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, as expected. While some of these remain in the storage area, a number have been transported on to the site, ready for vertical construction on the rollercoaster itself to begin. The rectangular plates will be where the supports are bolted to the track, while the (generally) circular plates with a protrusion indicate where the supports will be fixed to the foundations that have been installed around the site. Note that some of the larger supports come in multiple pieces, which will be fitted together upon their installation. Elsewhere on the construction site, the foundation for Children’s Ride A now looks to be complete. The Jaguar Shrine theming element has now been almost entirely covered in concrete, although it still appears some further layers are to be applied and sculpting then completed on the top half. Over at the station, concrete has now been poured for the floors, and corrugated metal has been added to the rear side of the building, providing an indication of what the station’s exterior will look like.

16th August 2022

Our latest update comes on the same day that the area has been confirmed as being the World of Jumanji. The most notable development is the almost full erection of the rollercoaster’s maintenance building, which now just awaits its doors / shutter to make its exterior structurally complete. The pace at which this has been constructed and enclosed could suggest that the Resort are expecting delivery in the near future of a train or the electrical hardware that is due to be installed in this building. Over at the station structure, pre-formed concrete slabs are being installed to support the station’s floor. It is now clear to see the different levels that the station and maintenance buildings sit at, suggesting that the train will have to be craned between the main circuit and maintenance building, rather than there being a transfer track. Fencing continues to be added around the rollercoaster’s perimeter, which will secure the ride area from guests. Groundwork is now being completed for two of the area’s flat rides, with round and square concrete footers installed, respectively. Small retaining walls have also started to be installed towards the centre of the area, which will form the edges between the area’s landscaping and pathways. Over at the Jaguar Shrine theming element, Koda Creative continue to apply the rockwork finish, which includes carving and sculpting the lowest levels into its final form, ready for the paintwork to be applied.

16th August 2022 – Area Reveal

On National Rollercoaster Day, the Resort took the opportunity to confirm that the World of Jumanji would open in spring 2023. As part of the announcement, two concept images were 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. Although details about the new area’s rides, attractions and experiences have not yet been revealed, what is clearly identifiable as B&M track can be seen spiralling up around the Jaguar Shrine.

Following the reveal, details of the Jaguar Shrine theming feature were submitted to Kingston Council in order to satisfy the associated planning condition, providing a number of different views of the structure!

24th July 2022

Groundwork continues around the site, including the laying of the concrete foundation for the ride’s maintenance and plant building, which will provide both a workshop space as well as housing the launch and ride control systems. A retaining wall has also been added, given the difference in elevation between the ground level of the maintenance building and the area of the site where the site office is currently situated. Over at the station building, the brickwork lining the path of the coaster track through the building has now been set into place. Some additional metalwork has also been installed to the previously erected steel structure, which will help to support the exterior walls. Finally, concrete has started to be applied at the lowest levels of the theming feature, while more mesh has been added further up the structure ready for the concrete to be applied to provide a rockwork effect.