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Re: Chessington - The Future

by Owen » Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:53 am

I do like he sound of this and I think it'll be a nice addition to the resort, however there is still an issue with this. It's a nice little attraction, but I still don't think it's the right move. As Lakey said it would be nice to see these sort of smaller investments in other Merlin parks, but why Chessington?

The park is crying out for its major ride yet they fail to deliver year on year. I think the most unfortunate part of this is that the park won't be gaining any attractions next year, just replacing which certainly won't help with the already dire throughputs.

Chessington really need to sort the park out, because it's becoming irrelevant with other theme parks such as Paultons Park rapidly gaining popularity.
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Re: Chessington - The Future

by lewis97 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:29 pm

Hadn't occurred to me until now to check the proposal's for Chessington's LTDP to see if they fit in with the effective relocation of the carousel. Intriguingly the current carousel is in one of the areas annotated as a potential site that could be redeveloped into a 'ride/animal attraction', so this could be the first step in making way for a future major development.

Toadie's Crazy Cars and Tiny Truckers are also in this highlighted area, so it will be interesting to see if these attractions are removed in the coming years. Of course once Chessington submit their actual LTDP we'll have a much clearer idea of what their intentions for this area are, but hopefully it'll be something exciting...

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Re: Chessington - The Future

by ThemeParkCrafter » Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:01 pm

I was thinking about this when I heard the plans. My prediction is Toadies will go in 2018 for a 2019 high investment.
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Re: Chessington - The Future

by lewis97 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:48 pm

The application for the new carousel was unsurprisingly approved, subject to conditions, on Tuesday.
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Re: Chessington - The Future

by Owen » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:50 pm

The new carousel seems to have been officially named "The Chessington Adventure Tree", with construction walls having this name placed on them.

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Re: Chessington - The Future

by ThemeParkCrafter » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:08 pm

Not the greatest name but could have been far worse
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Re: The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure - 2017

by Owen » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:21 pm

The Chessington Adventure Tree has now been installed and it doesn't look quite as odd as I thought, however when the walls come down will really be when we can judge how good it looks with the rest of the surrounding area.

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Re: Chessington - The Future

by lewis97 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:57 pm

A photo posted in the MAP Facebook group gives a closer and mostly unobstructed look at the tree theming element. It does look pretty nice, if unashamedly channeling Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life.

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Re: Chessington - The Future

by Owen » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:24 pm

The Adventure Tree is testing!

Here's a video from Scream Seekers.
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Re: Chessington - The Future

by lewis97 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:14 pm

It has been confirmed on Chessington's website that the Adventure Tree will open on March 26th.

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Re: Chessington - The Future

by ThemeParkCrafter » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:42 pm

And it has added to queue times
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Re: Chessington - The Future

by Dom » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:42 pm

The Adventure Tree will not be opening on Sunday as planned, as announced by the Merlin Annual Pass team on FB. An opening date will be announced in the future
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