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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:25 am

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Just to confirm, the number is real and they will not provide you with any information :)

What about if you call as a prospective buyer and want a viewing  :) 
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:55 am

Then go for it :lol A viewing is a must :lol
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:56 am

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Then go for it :lol A viewing is a must :lol

Worst case - Free entry tickets, oh and spending over 7 million 
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 pm

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Justin wrote:
Then go for it :lol A viewing is a must :lol

Worst case - Free entry tickets, oh and spending over 7 million 

I think it works out a few pound cheaper your way than walking up and buying a ticket on the day! :lol
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:04 pm

Justin wrote:
Qzzb_UK wrote:
Justin wrote:
Then go for it :lol A viewing is a must :lol

Worst case - Free entry tickets, oh and spending over 7 million 

I think it works out a few pound cheaper your way than walking up and buying a ticket on the day! :lol

No way it includes park entry! :lol
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:49 pm

Just reading some comments on Facebook and one of them was using Julia Donaldson's 'Room on the Broom'. I think that would work well to be honest!

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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:55 pm

Would fit in well and with modern theming something like that should be quite good. Not much they can really do with the space, so it will be nice to see it all refreshed. I'm not sure anything in there currently was ever changed from when it first opened.
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:13 pm

I know I'm probably on my own with this but I'm heart broken. Hocus Pocus Hall was always something I made sure I visited on every visit as it's just so happy and fun. But. I am intrigued to see what they plan to do with this!
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:46 pm

I can't say I'm surprised that Hocus Pocus Hall is going. It is a shadow of what it once was and has been looking very tired for a while now. I think it was pretty obvious once the 3D glasses were taken away that it was on borrowed time. For me, it's never been something I've gone out of my way to do at the Resort - in fact on several occasions I've waited outside whilst others have gone in. Having said that, I know many people loved the attraction, especially younger families and I think whatever replaces it needs to ensure it is aimed at that same audience.

It will be interesting to see what replaces Hocus Pocus Hall. If I remember correctly the building is at least protected, if not listed, which will limit what can be done to it. Having seen how well Gruffalo was done, I'm hopeful that whatever we get in place of Hocus Pocus will be of just a high standard.
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:05 pm

Chessington has released a teaser for the replacement to Hocus Pocus Hall, containing a list of interested parties including several former characters at the park.

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I can see Zappomatic, Rodger the Dodger and of course Professor Burp. Any more I've missed?

Also odd they've continued with the local estate agent advertising. :-k

Edit: There is also Dr S Tripes from Tiger Rock advertising.
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:07 pm

Sir Skipper could be a reference to the Penguins of Madagascar?
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:57 pm

Could A Witch be referring to one of their halloween characters? Don't they normally have a witched themed maze (I wouldn't know for certain cause I've never attended one)
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:14 am

I'm sure it is all pointing towards Room on the Broom. The IP has been used for storytelling sessions and is due to return this Halloween....

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Young Adventurers can enjoy a spooky storytelling with characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved story. Meet the witch with ‘a very tall hat’ and find out if there is room for you and your family on her ‘truly magnificent broom’!
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:22 am

I slightly hope it isn't, but I'm pretty sure Justin's right. It would suck to watch another original concept ride being replaced with an IP, but I guess it can't be helped. I am very glad that they are revamping Hocus Pocus. It was my fav as a child but those effects are long outdated. The preshow is terrifying for all the wrong reasons. That said, I will miss it. 
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:28 am

Swarm Chris wrote:
Chessington has released a teaser for the replacement to Hocus Pocus Hall, containing a list of interested parties including several former characters at the park.

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I can see Zappomatic, Rodger the Dodger and of course Professor Burp. Any more I've missed?

Also odd they've continued with the local estate agent advertising. :-k

Edit: There is also Dr S Tripes from Tiger Rock advertising.


Isn’t Professor Burb technically dead - given his gravestone is by the Vampire? Bit worrying he is putting in a bid from beyond the grave!
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:35 am

Qzzb_UK wrote:
Swarm Chris wrote:
Chessington has released a teaser for the replacement to Hocus Pocus Hall, containing a list of interested parties including several former characters at the park.

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I can see Zappomatic, Rodger the Dodger and of course Professor Burp. Any more I've missed?

Also odd they've continued with the local estate agent advertising.  :-k

Edit: There is also Dr S Tripes from Tiger Rock advertising.


Isn’t Professor Burb technically dead - given his gravestone is by the Vampire? Bit worrying he is putting in a bid from beyond the grave!

I guess so, but that gravestone was there before he reappeared for Bubbleworks closing, so maybe Prof. Burp is a zombie now?
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:48 am

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Isn’t Professor Burb technically dead - given his gravestone is by the Vampire? Bit worrying he is putting in a bid from beyond the grave!

Insurance job ;)
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:09 pm

The Witch in Room on the Broom is simply known as "The Witch" isn't she? Guessing names will keep getting ticked off until just "A Witch" is left.
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:16 am

Forget Room on the Broom, the real development we should be excited for is that Chessington are requesting permission to start removing the southern car park dirt tracks and install a proper tarmac road! See planning application 18/10417.

The plans show the entire perimeter road of the car park as having the request to be upgraded, with just the lanes to the rows remaining gravel. Whilst it would have been great to include the main arteries as well, it's the perimeter road that is the absolute worst on site.

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From the covering letter:

There is an urgent need for CWoAR to resurface the existing trackways within the Southern Car Park. The majority of these currently consist of uneven, gravelled routes that are unable to cope during periods of wet weather, when the car park becomes “boggy” (see Figure 1 below). This can often result in cars getting stuck and needing to be towed out, ruining a visitor’s experience of the Resort and creating traffic and associated operational challenges. These issues have been ongoing for many years; it has reached the point that CWoAR has to take action to resolve the situation. 

The covering letter suggests Chessington believe they should be able to do this under existing agreements, with the application essentially be a covering themselves exercise.

This is great news if it all gets accepted and should mean that the first ride of the day at Chessington, isn't getting into the car park!  :)
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:19 pm

I'm surprised this hasn't been done sooner but this is a great move. I haven't used the car park in ages but it's an absolute nightmare for anyone if there's even a single mililitre of water involved.
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