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Croc Drop - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:25 pm

Chessington World of Adventures Resort have submitted a planning application for the “removal of 'Rameses Revenge' attraction and relocation of the existing Flying Jumbos ride, and development of a new drop tower attraction including new queuing walkways, new entrance portal, theming, associated hard and soft landscaping and incidental works”.

Overall the height of the proposed drop tower is 25.5 m from base of hollow (22 m above ground level). The proposed drop tower will be constructed in the same existing hollow in the ground. This will reduce the overall height of the tower above ground by around 3.4 metres.

The plans indicate that the new drop tower will be positioned within a giant open-mouthed crocodile head, that will incorporate various sound, lighting, water and smoke effects.

SouthParks News has the full details.

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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:40 pm

Whilst it's sad news to see Rameses departing, it's not a huge surprise that it's leaving the Resort as it's been on it's last legs for what seems like forever! It's great to see a new ride installed at Chessington at long last, and even better that it's a drop tower, which is something the park has always been lacking. The shape of the gondola on the plans makes it look like a Zamperla Sky Tower, which fits with the overall height of the ride being 25m. What's even better is that the Rameses site won't be SBNO for years! It's no secret that the UK has a few flat ride areas that have just been abandoned, so it's really nice to see that there'll be an immediate replacement here.

All in all, fantastic news from the park. Really hoping these plans get approved, and if so, I might have to return next season.
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:52 pm

Morgan wrote:
All in all, fantastic news from the park. Really hoping these plans get approved, and if so, I might have to return next season.

Upon closer inspection of the planning documents, it appears this would open in 2021, with Rameses removed and Flying Jumbos relocated this closed season, and then construction starting early 2020.
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:34 pm

Whilst I am pleased to see investment in the park, the amount of thrill rides for older kids really is diminishing.

The Zamperla model mentioned above does look fun, but I would prefer for the ride to be an actual mini shot and drop tower, rather than a glorified frog hopper! Fingers crossed for a Funtime model, as they are great.
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:00 pm

Someone that reported this on FB, brought up an interesting theory. What if they are relocating Detonator? New investment for Thorpe Park and Chessington World Of Adventures?
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:07 pm

Coaster Chall wrote:
Someone that reported this on FB, brought up an interesting theory. What if they are relocating Detonator? New investment for Thorpe Park and Chessington World Of Adventures?

It doesn’t appear to be a relocated Detonator as the plans indicate a capacity of 16 riders, compared to Detonator’s 12.
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:14 pm

Unlikely but certainly not impossible, stranger things have happened than a different gondola going on a relocated attraction. 
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:03 pm

Reading the planning - Jumbos to be moved to the site of the original carousel. Much better! 
 
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:23 pm

Morgan wrote:
 The shape of the gondola on the plans makes it look like a Zamperla Sky Tower, which fits with the overall height of the ride being 25m. 




I counted the seats from the plan - 16, which could indicate their Z-max or Z-force models, as the sky tower and flash tower only seat 12! just an observation, not sure how much to read in
 
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Re: Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - New for 2021

Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:18 pm

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Aaaah, for a moment I thought the mouth piece of the themeing would be Ammit! Which would have been brutal for the theme park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammit 

...but I believe it is going to be Sobek.

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Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:02 pm

As reported on Southparks FacebookMerlin Attractions Operations Limited have filed a new UK trademark for 'CROC DROP'.

Could this be the name of Chessington World of Adventures Resort's new drop tower, which is currently under construction and set to open in 2021?
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Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:24 pm

Chessington posted the following teaser image on their social media channels today:

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Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:23 pm

Check out construction progress from today on the SouthParks website here.

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Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:33 am

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Behold, I found the logo last night! :)
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:03 pm

Good find :P  An announcement can't be too far off, as it seemed like they were gearing up to one a few weeks back and then it all fell silent...
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Re: Croc Drop - New for 2021

Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:28 pm

It looks like they got bored and started playing around with WordArt in Microsoft Word... Oh god it's terrible  :lol
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Re: Croc Drop - New for 2021

Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:56 pm

That is an impressively terrible logo. Lose the metallic gradient and texture, make it a flat colour or a subtle 3D effect , apply the crumbling effect to the text, replace the outline with some sort of shadowing or emboss effect.

KISS applies. Too much going on with too many inconsistencies making it look like someone was just playing with a bunch of text effects in their lunch break.
 
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Re: Croc Drop - New for 2021

Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:50 pm

It also resembles the logo for Oblivion, no?
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Re: Croc Drop - New for 2021

Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:53 pm

Coming soon to a Merlin park in mainland Europe...

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