Mandrill Mayhem Track Completed
Saturday 28th January 2023
The track for Mandrill Mayhem is complete! The spike has been installed and the rollercoaster circuit is complete... kinda. Of course, with this new rollercoaster being a shuttle coaster it can only run one train due to it not being a full-circle track layout.
With the track now fully installed the bases of each support can now be concreted in to stop them from moving, this is left to last to make sure the supports can move a little bit if needed.
Work on installing theming elements within the station appears to be progressing well with bamboo added to the console building and the tree we spotted last week now has more detailing on it. It would appear that work on installing lighting in the station has also begun, with lights spotted hanging from the ceiling.
Across the rest of the ride, theres lots going on such as the installation of fences and probably so much more that we can't see from public and open areas. It would appear that a tarmac path has been installed in a section of the area, it was previously believed that the area might have themed concrete floors.
In the site compound more metal work for a new building can be spotted, with site access now closed off now the spike has been installed we're unsure where this building is for. Upon looking at the test seat again, part of the packaging has become ripped and the vest part of the restraint is now visible. A dark colour brown vest can be seen, its unknown, if these vests will lock like The Swarm, does as never B&M rides that have vests in the restraints don't lock.
The fake ends of the track look amazing. Onto the next stage of construction, wiring up the rollercoaster and then testing!
Progress Continues Around World Of Jumanji
Saturday 21st January 2023
It's the middle of January and work on installing the track for Mandrill Mayhem is still ongoing. Work for the World Of Jumanji is progressing well with the first bits of theming in the rollercoaster station now visible, a huge tree can be seen through the structure. Along with this new tree, it would appear the metalwork in the station has been painted brown to fit in more.
Inside the site compound, air gates for the rollercoaster station can be seen waiting to be installed. Along with the rides test seat which will be located at the entrance to the ride.
Around the rest of the site, more trees and plants have been installed. By the second launch and large pole has been installed for what we believe will become the on-ride photo point for the rollercoaster. Fences have been installed by the second launch. The outline of the area is starting to become more apparent with each update. It would appear that the Jumanji area will also have a themed floor, materials for making indentments in concrete can be seen by the maintenance building.
The back board for Mamba Strike has alos been isntalled, the theming for this doesnt appear to be completed yet!
A white frame used for clearance testing can also be seen on-site near the second launch section. This is used to make sure that riders cannot touch theming or objects when riding around the coaster.
With full details for the area revealed a few days ago, posters advertising the area have been installed around the park and on the gates of the park.
Chessington Announces Full World Of Jumanji Details
Tuesday 17th January 2023
Chessington World of Adventures Resort has today announced World of Jumanji - set to open in spring at the Surrey Theme Park and Zoo - will include the World’s ONLY Jumanji rollercoaster. The World’s first Jumanji themed land will also feature two further rides and much more, as Chessington brings the box office hit film franchise to life in its wildest adventure yet!
World of Jumanji will see families follow in the footsteps of Dr. Bravestone, through a whole world of adventures to locate the Jaguar’s Eye Jewel, lift the curse and save Jumanji.
The first adventure, and the World’s ONLY Jumanji rollercoaster, Mandrill Mayhem, will sweep up riders in the long arms of a mandrill, as the horde whisks those from just 1.2m tall around the sites of Jumanji, all while dodging the hazards of the jungle. The most fearsome of all the wild animals, the mandrills are unpredictable and will launch at full speed through the treetops, flipping upside down on a hair-raising adventure, spiralling to the summit of the 55ft tall Jaguar Shrine. Glimpse the Jaguar’s Eye Jewel glow before falling and braving the adventure again… backwards.
Not just the World’s ONLY Jumanji rollercoaster, Mandrill Mayhem is a winged, launch, shuttle ride, with an inversion – a first for Chessington, which last introduced a rollercoaster back in 2004.
Two further adventures in World of Jumanji will await families…
Dodge the fangs of the black mamba on a dizzying, untameable ride in the bazaar, Mamba Strike. Then swerve a herd of stampeding ostriches on a whirlwind ride in the dunes on Ostrich Stampede.
The single largest investment in Chessington’s history, World of Jumanji will also feature a maze of pathways – some trickier to navigate than others – based on the iconic Jumanji board game. Themed food, drink and merchandise will also be on offer.
Complementing the above, six NEW Jumanji themed bedrooms will be introduced to the Chessington Safari Hotel as well.
Scott O’Neil, CEO of Merlin Entertainments, which operates Chessington, said:
“We look forward to Welcome-ing you to the Jungle this spring, as the amazing World of Jumanji opens at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Families should prepare to be turned upside down… literally, as the first NEW rollercoaster in nearly 20 years at the Resort has a twist, turn and flip that will have you holding on to your seat! This is the Next Level for families wanting to explore the ultimate adventure together.”
Visit Chessington.com/Jumanji for updates and to book to be the first to sleep in the NEW Jumanji themed Hotel bedrooms from Saturday April 1, ahead of World of Jumanji opening.
World of Jumanji at Chessington World of Adventures Resort follows a global agreement between Resort operator, Merlin Entertainments, and Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment
World of Jumanji Mandrill Mayhem Trains Delivered And Installed
Friday 13th January 2023
It's a big day for Project Amazon / World of Jumanji, the trains for the new B&M rollercoaster (rumoured to be named Mandril Mayhem) have been delivered and fitted to the track! Currently sitting on the break run the trains are still covered with black bags.
The trains look similar to The Swarm at Thorpe Park but with one difference, the last row of the train is backward facing. Dare you brave it backwards? Or do we call it the front row when it climbs the spike and completes the layout?
Around the rest of the site, not much seems to have happened. Another section of track has been installed on the back of the station. No sign of the spike being installed yet with the track for that section still sitting in the site compound. And the huge entrance portal for the area has been installed.
World Of Jumanji Rollercoaster Track 90% Completed
Friday 23rd December 2022
It's time for our last look at the World of Jumanji before the year closes! The progress this new area has made over the past few months has been crazy, we've gone from an old picnic filled to a brand new and exciting area opening in 2023.
Track installation for the rollercoaster rumoured to be named, Mandrill Mayhem has continued with the helix and fake end of the track installed along with the corner after the inversion completed. With these sections of track now installed and bolted together, we're looking at 90% of the rollercoaster now installed with only the spike left! With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, we expect the site has now closed until January.
Work on installing the spinning flat ride Ostrich Stampede appears to have almost been completed! Since our last look at the flat ride, seats have been installed and we've had a glimpse at some of the theming for the attraction such as painted seats and a section of theming located on the back of the middle seat. A big package can be seen next to the ride which we believe is the ride plc. (The brains and control system for the ride)
Around the rest of the area, more planting has been installed, and work on building a huge building presumably for on-ride photos or a mini shop continues near Mamba Strike. Work on installing theming inside the ride station has also begun with themed wooden walls seen near the staircases which will allow guests to access both sides of the station.
A huge shipping container has also been lifted into place into the area, with an interesting front to it. It appears that the front car from Ripsaw's old console building at Alton Towers is being reused and given a new lease of life as theming for the World of Jumanji at Chessington.
This will be our last construction update for 2022, we can't wait to see this area open next year!
Jumanji Flat Rides Installed And Helix Almost Completed
Saturday 17th December 2022
The World Jumanji has made massive progress over the past 7 days, a final push is being made to get as much work done on the area before the site closes for Christmas.
Work on installing the two new flat rides in the Jumani area has begun with the super Miami ride installed. The ride appears to already be fully installed with an entrance feature also spotted.
Work on installing the other flat ride began today with the main base for the ride delivered this morning and instantly redirected to the construction site. A few moments later the crane fired up and the base for the super jumper ride was craned into place. After being bolted down we then got to see the arms for the spinning flat ride installed. Vehicles for the ride can be seen in the site compound still wrapped up. The great mystery of what they look like will have to wait a few more days! Spotted next to the ride was a huge SBF-branded box full of tools, I think we can now confirm the manufacturer of these new rides!
More sections of theming have begun to be installed around the area with new game pieces spotted around the area. We expect when fully installed and complete it will almost be like you're walking around the game board.
Work on installing the rollercoaster track has continued around the site. The helix now appears to be 2/3 sections of the track away from being completed! Now the two flat rides have been installed work on the huge spike will be the next major task to complete.
Seen in the site compound, the two end sections of track now have a rubber end stop added to them, so if in the event of a train running that far and fast it would come to a stop! Fins can also be seen on these sections so trains should never get that far.
Don't worry though... there will be themed end sections to these sudden stops of the track! Laying on the sides of the compound are two small sections of track that have jagged ends to them, as if they've been snapped off by some beast.
There isn't many sections of track left to install now, it shouldn't be long until the full layout is complete!
Second Launch And Helix Installed For Jumanji Rollercoaster
Saturday 10th December 2022
It's a cold winter's day at Chessington however the cold isn't stopping progress from being made at The World Of Jumanji. Work continues around the site to install planting, fences, sections of track and the first section of theming.
A large black snake has been installed facing towards the area in a corner next to the station. This is the first piece of theming to be installed in the area after the large jaguar was built during the 2022 theme park season.
Looking into the rollercoaster station work on the console for the rollercoaster looks to have begun with a section of the wall cut out for a large window to be installed. The station still remains exposed to the elements however the front of the station facing towards the main section of the track appears to now be being themed and worked on. Currently, the station side is pink but this should be an undercoat from what we understand.
The biggest progress made is a second launch section of track has been installed along with work on installing the helix around the jaguar making good progress. Lots of sections of track can still be seen in the compound and Zebra car park which appears to be being used for staff during the Christmas event winters tail.
It's the final push before Christmas! We wonder how much more progress will be made before 2022 is out. It would appear that workers might be working around the site during weekends with construction workers spotted around the site and the site compound.
First Look At Jumanji Rollercoaster From Inside The Park
Saturday 26th November 2022
Another week another track delivery as Project Amazon progresses forward and is one step closer to opening. Around the construction site, two more sections of track have been installed after the inversion we saw completed last week.
Work on the construction of the new area looks to have begun its next huge step, plants! Lots of plants and shrubbery look to be being planted around the edges of the site with more spotted waiting to be installed off-site. We expect the plan will be to install the track and then plant trees and plants around them so they have time to grow before the area opens in 2023. Fences appear to be being installed around sections where there are sudden drops around the site.
More roller coaster track has also been delivered to Chessington, from our rough guess we would say this is now 90% of the track delivered now! Sections for the spike section of the rollercoaster also appear to now be on-site, whilst editing photos we spotted that at the end of one of the sections of the track you can see pieces of metal sticking up to stop the train if it was to go too far. Also spotted in the on-site compound is what we believe is the ride PLC and system controls, lots of tall and large server racks can be seen waiting to be installed. Covered so they don't get wet we expect these will be installed asap.
With the park now open for Winters Tail, we also get our first view of the track from within the park. Looking at the inversion from Wild Asia and Dragons Fury, it looks like it's going to be so much fun!!
Inversion For Jumanji Rollercoaster Installed
Saturday 19th November 2022
3 days after our last update about track sections getting lifted into place more track has been installed for the new Jumanji rollercoaster, this time it's one of the most exciting sections.
Chessington's first inversion has been installed!! After being launched backwards and then back through the station your bank around the corner and into an inline twist inversion. This is the first rollercoaster at the park to feature an inversion and will be a big step up for any younger guests wanting something more thrilling.
Around the rest of the site, more track has been delivered and is waiting to be unpacked. It appears that the track gets delivered on a huge metal base packed with wood to stop it from moving during transit. The crane can also be seen parked away for the weekend in the site compound. Not much else appears to have happened around the construction site, but viewing the rollercoaster from the car park it's going to change the skyline of the park forever! We can't wait to stand in the entrance plaza watching trains run past.
Sections Of Track For Jumanji Rollercoaster Installed
Wednesday 16th November 2022
Watching a rollercoaster be put together isn't something you get to see every day, however today we managed to witness something very exciting! During a very short space of time, we witnessed two sections of the track get bolted together to form the start of the inversion of the new World of Jumanji rollercoaster.
Piece by piece sections of green track was lifted into the air and bolted together with the help of a crane and lots of hard work from ground staff. When in place bolts were put in place and tightened. The first section of the track we watched put into place was then temporarily held up by a cherry picker whilst the second piece of track was strapped up, rotated then lifted into place. The first section of the track we saw being installed wasn't supported by any support so it was crucial the second bit was installed which was bolted onto a support to take its weight and to complete the circuit.
Not something you get to see every day, but very exciting and a moment in theme park history!
Around the rest of the site work on the station appears to be progressing well with guttering added to the roof of the building. Work on the inside of the station appears to have begun with wooden walls spotted inside. Sections of the station are still exposed, so it's going to be hard work to keep the building dry during the winter months. There also appears to be a lot of work going on around the site to remove excess soil and to prepare the site for crane access, over the next few weeks lots of track is going to be moving around the site.