World Of Jumanji September Construction Update
Monday 5th September 2022
The World Of Jumanji is progressing fast with big changes made across the construction site, the big animal theming element is now completely covered n metal rebar and it is close to being finished! Since our last look at the animal more of the creature has been covered in concrete and has been themed.
At the top of the site, the foundations for one of the new flat rides have been completed. Walls can be also seen around the new ride base, we're still a long way off from seeing ride hardware for these new flat rides but it's good to see progress being made!
Work on enclosing the ride's station has now begun with metal panels being added to the back of the station building. Metal rebar can be seen on each side of the station, ready for the station floor to be poured and installed.
There's no sign of any rollercoaster track yet but it won't be long now until we start to see rollercoaster track and supports delivered and start to be installed over the new few months.
Very exciting times ahead for Chessington World of Adventures!
New For 2023 World of Jumanji At Chessington World Of Adventures
Tuesday 16th August 2022
Chessington World of Adventures Resort and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced today, ‘World of Jumanji’. Set to open in spring 2023, this £17m development marks the world’s first themed land for the box office hit Jumanji film franchise and the single largest investment in the history of the renowned UK resort.
The project brings together entertainment and industry experts from around the world as they create a world-first experience that deep dives into the adventurous, action-packed stories seen in the box office hit Jumanji films. For those who think they are brave enough to enter the world, a first look at some of the proposed designs give an exciting glimpse at what to expect. The impressive entrance portal, which is shrouded in the ominous and overgrown Jumanji jungle that dominates the development, creates the perfect immersive starting point for guests as they prepare to take on a whole host of challenges. The iconic and unmissable Jaguar Shrine structure looms 55ft tall, keeping a watchful eye out over all who enter as it awaits the return of the curse-lifting Jaguar’s Eye jewel. More details about the wild rides, adventurous attractions and drama-filled experiences guests can expect to discover in the ‘World of Jumanji’ are set to be shared over the coming months.
The news follows a multi-territory exclusivity agreement between the Resort operator, Merlin Entertainments, and Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment, that was announced earlier this year. The scale of these plans forms part of Merlin’s broader global strategy to engage and work with leading IP and brands across its global estate. It is also a pivotal step in the studio’s larger global strategy to grow and expand location-based entertainment. The market leading studio are looking at how it can further utilise its strong global film and TV brands to create opportunities for audiences around the world to immerse themselves deeper into the studio’s stories.
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 said:
“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.”
Chessington Project Amazon Mid August 2022 Construction Round Up
Sunday 14th August 2022
Project Amazon at Chessington is speeding ahead and it shouldn't be long until we start to see bigger construction around the site commence.
We say this every time but it shouldn't be long until we see the track for the rollercoaster starts arriving.
Around the construction site for the new rollercoaster and 2 new flat rides, we've seen foundations for one of the new spinning rides started, a new round base can be seen at the top end of the site next to the car park entrance. In the middle of the site, a new retaining wall can be seen, it is currently unknown what this new section will be but it could just be part of new theming that will be installed in the area.
The biggest change in the Project Amazon area is the main theming element continues to be built and wrapped in metal rebar. Concrete continues to be sprayed onto the structure and towards the bottom of the theming element, it appears the theming company working on it has started to apply the final base coat and shape the "animal" into the final product. This theming element is going to look amazing when it's completed!
Towards the bottom of the site, the maintenance building is now fully enclosed and we can now see where the train will be transferred in and out for maintenance. Work on the station also appears to be progressing well with a new floor installed in the station, we're starting to see where the platform for the ride will be. We'd love to see a preshow for the ride but with the space available we don't see this happening.
Project Amazon is looking amazing and will be the biggest investment in the park for many years. We look forward to finding out the official theme for the ride in the next few months.
Chessington Project Amazon August Update
Tuesday 2nd August 2022
Project Amazon is steaming ahead and it won't be long until we start to see track arriving at the park then the really exciting construction begins! Since our last trip to the park, more metal work has been added to the huge theming structure and towards the bottom of the creature, concrete has already been sprayed creating a base structure. It would appear that work has now turned toward the top of the animal/structure. Workers could be spotted working on the head of what we think will become a lion/animal. At the front of the structure when you look head-on you can already see where the teeth of the animal will be. This huge structure once complete will have track spiralling up around it. So we expect this will be the last section where track will be installed.
Around the rest of the site more fences have been installed down one side of the construction site. The maintenance building for the ride has been built and already has scaffolding around it ready to waterproof the building. A generator for the ride can also be seen behind the maintenance building, which to us looks big enough to hold two trains. But the question is, how could the ride handle 2 trains? Maybe outside the station towards the maintenance shed, there could be a turntable? Something similar to Pulsar at Walabi holland.
It would also appear that the concrete base for one of the new flat rides towards the top of the site is being prepped ready for concrete to be poured over the next few days. Lots of dirt and soil have been moved recently and you can see banks being built around the area.
No more news about the theme for the ride has been announced yet, but we're hoping we will start to hear some exciting news soon!
Project Amazon Mid July 2022 Update
Saturday 16th July 2022
Work on Project Amazon is progressing well, with work on the station now underway since the station was fully installed last week. Bricks now line the main section of the station where the track will run through the middle. Sitting on both sides of these bricks will also be the station platform and then more queue lines and air gates.
Around the rest of the construction site, there are lots of diggers moving soil around as we enter the next phase of the construction period, starting to level out the site ready for foundations for the two other flat rides to be dug and installed. It would also appear that work on installing new fences at the top of the site is underway, it's currently unknown if the green fences will come down in this section.
The main theming element of the area is progressing well with an unknown company still cladding the structure ready for concrete to be sprayed onto the metal structure. Universal rocks is that you?
With a summer heather wave / high temperatures coming up we could see the construction site temporary close? Or could we see work in shaded areas of the site that could receive more work? Such as the station.
Project Amazon Station Goes Vertical And Theming Work Continues
Saturday 9th July 2022
Project Amazon is being built at lighting speeds at Chessington! The park is not sitting around with the main theming feature for the rollercoaster at its maximum height and now the framework for the station has been assembled and bricks can be seen around the building ready to enclose the station so theming work can begin.
Support footers for the track to sit on can be seen running through the station with a load and unload platform on both sides of the building. With this being a wing coaster, guests will need to cross the station. Towards the front of the station, extra steel work can be seen for what we expect will be the transfer point/bridge for guests and an operations booth for the ride operator. Something that's different to the plans is the station being fully enclosed, we were slightly worried that if it was an open air station elements of theming could get ruined.
Work on theming the huge structure on the side of the site has begun, and construction workers could be seen cladding the structure in a mesh sheet along with metal rebar for concrete to be sprayed onto. Could this be universal rocks doing this work? We could see any merlin magic-making vans sat around.
Spotted on the floor next to a footer that's still yet to be poured, it looks like we can confirm the manufacturer of the rollercoaster. Written in the corner of the plans is the company name BOLLIGER & MABILLARD.
All photos taken from public areas, never enter a busy construction site!
Project Amazon Work On Theming Structure Continues
Sunday 26th June 2022
Work on the huge theming element at Chessington for Project Amazon is continuing. Each week this huge metal structure looks more and more complete but we think this huge beast is almost complete.
Over the past few weeks work on building the structure has been happening but it appears work on installing beams going around the ride has now begun. Huge circles have been added around the structure, creating a base for theming elements to be bolted onto. Our wish would be for Universal Rocks to come on-site and theme this! Spotted on the floor next to the structure, anchor points for theming to be attached to can be seen. Looking at the theming element closer, there are a few sections that these have already been installed onto.
Interestingly during our visit today (Sunday 26th June) some workers were spotted jet washing one of the foundations. Something we've never seen before.
Around the rest of the construction site, more trenches are being dug and it looks like work on foundations for one of the new flat rides for the area has begun. Work on the station continues with more foundations/rebar being installed ready to be poured over the next few weeks.
Project Amazon Theming Element Reaches Maximum Height
Sunday 19th June 2022
The theming structure for Project Amazon keeps getting bigger and bigger by the day. The height of the structure now appears to be at the maximum height with a face starting to form on the front of the structure. This is going to be a huge theming element and we cant wait to see the rollercoaster track wrap around it in the next few months.
Across the rest of the site, a retaining wall has been installed near the site office, more holes are being dug for foundations and the construction site is nearing closer to track delivery and more things going vertical.
Foundations for the station have been poured and it's now apparent where the track will run through the station. With a loading platform on both sides of the track due to the train design. Just like The Swarm at Thorpe Park!
Project Amazon Goes Vertical
Monday 13th June 2022
It's been a big week at Chessington for construction and one of the biggest changes at Project Amazon has been one of the theming elements going virtual.
In our last update, we reported that steel beams for the station building had been delivered to the site. However, it appears we were wrong and it was in fact steel for one of the huge theming elements in the area.
Around Project Amazon footers continue to be poured with not many left in the car park or sat around the site waiting to be poured. We've spotted nuts and bolts sitting on lots of footers around the site, waiting for supports to be craned in when delivered over the next few months.
Of course, as soon as track and supports are delivered we will be able to figure out who the manufacturer for the rollercoaster is.
Station Steelwork Arrives And More Footers Are Installed
Saturday 28th May 2022
Project Amazon is slowly progressing at Chesssingotn with work on more major elements such as the foundations for the rollercoasters station beginning. Located at the bottom of the site we can see a large area is being prepared ready for foundations to be poured over the next few days and weeks.
Around the construction site is a sea of footers and foundations, when riding Dragons Fury you can see an outline of the rollercoasters layout. Since our last visit to the park, the big green fences that cut off views from the explorer gate entrance have been removed and have been replaced with new fences which if you are lucky you can see through when the wind picks up. Peering through the fence we can see huge foundations for supports and in some areas double footers which in our past experience will be used for curved sections. A big mound of dirt can be seen in the middle of the site blocking views from inside the park. QR coded advertising the ride has been stuck on the construction walls around the area. When you scan this code it takes you to a website saying something wild is coming to the park in 2023.
Looking into the site car park where footers and materials are stored it seems that there aren't many footers left to install. Steelwork for the station appears to have started to be delivered to the site. It won't be long until the station foundations are poured and we start to see this construction site go vertical.