The 'Jumanji' Theme Park Is Now Open with 3 New Rides

The new attraction is opening inside the UK's Chessington World of Adventures.

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Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures
Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

Theme parks around the world are going hard when it comes to creating theme areas based on ubiquitous film franchises. Disney World has expanded the footprint of its Marvel heroes and just launched its new Tron ride. Universal Studios has its Harry Potter theme area, as well as an expanding Jurassic World area. So, it only makes sense that we're getting even more theme parks like this.

Naturally, the next in line was 1995 fantasy adventure film Jumanji? Chessington World of Adventures in the UK on the outskirts of London, just this past weekend opened the doors of its new World of Jumanji. First announced way back in August 2022, the park features three new rides and even a Jumanji-themed hotel.

A Jumanji themed hotel room at the new Jumanji theme park in the UK.
Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures

When you arrive at the park there is an "entrance portal" to the overgrown Jumanji jungle. You can also see the 55-foot-tall Jaguar Shrine. The giant structure sits inside of the world's first Jumanji roller coaster, the Mandrill Mayhem. It is Chessington's first inverted rollercoaster and will also be the first ride to introduce virtual lines for entry on the ride.

The other new rides are the Ostrich Stampede and the Mamba strike. Day passes for adult entry are about $75 when purchased on the same day, and about $42 for single-day tickets purchased in advance. There is also an option to book hotel and park ticket packages, also with options to save by purchasing in advance. 

The development cost £17 million, according to the company, and is the park's largest single investment ever.

"What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit Jumanji film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen?" Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington, said in a statement. It will all be added to the more than 40 rides and attractions already present at the park.

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