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Thrilling Coaster

Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:02 pm

The biggest problem Chessington have is space... The fact that they hit the walls only three years after opening says it all really.

But that's a good thing. Chessington shouldn't be some massive commercial holiday resort, just a small but sweet regional park inspiring the minds of all young children that are fortunate enough to visit.
 
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:04 pm

On park today and the badges are available in market square shop for £3 each.
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:44 pm

I feel like I'll have too much trouble deciding which ones to buy so I'll end up buying all of them.
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:07 pm

alicheesy wrote:
I feel like I'll have too much trouble deciding which ones to buy so I'll end up buying all of them.


Why even bother trying to decide. Just buy them all anyways. You know you want too! :lol
 
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Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:59 pm

Very true :lol they look so nice
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:29 pm

They look just as nice in person. :D Great to see chessington finally getting these.


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Re: Go Ape High Ropes Course - 2016

Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:32 pm

Go Ape has now been added to Chessington's 2016 page. It only specifies that it will open this year, as obviously it won't be opening this month as originally planned.
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Re: Go Ape High Ropes Course - 2016

Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:10 pm

Living 10 minutes from Chessington, this is going to be really useful for me as my local Go Ape is currently an hour's motorway drive away. Assuming it is reasonably priced, I'd definitely be up for it.

I also think this is an excellent idea for the park. Chessington has lost its adventurous atmosphere recently and something like this is a step in the right direction for a supposedly "wild" theme park. I look forward to experiencing this addition.
 
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Re: Explorer Glamping - 2016

Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:40 pm

You may have seen on SouthParks Facebook that a few new concept images have been uploaded by Chessington, covering various aspects of the development.

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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:30 pm

I believe that Tomb Blaster is to get a new logo this season, it is mentioned in this article. The Forbidden Tomb sign will stay there, the sign is rehung every year (and a new one will be coming/already there).
 
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Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:16 pm

The vampire pin glows in the dark I can't cope
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:54 pm

alicheesy wrote:
The vampire pin glows in the dark I can't cope

I NEED to get my hands on that!
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The Unusual World of Adventures

Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:32 pm

Chessington has had many rides with iconic sets and features, but over the years, many have disappeared and been forgotten about. I thought I'd tell you a few things about where some of these items are now, or what has happened to them.

Terror Tomb
The majority of the sets are still in place in today's Tomb Blaster, but without the character Abdab. For many years, the Abdab animations, the Mummy rock-band, the spike rack and various snakes where kept in a cupboard to the right of a Mummy cranking a wheel. Some ten years passed before some of the Abdabs where cloaked and put into Vampire's queue. These have since been disposed. In 2013, the rack returned to a scene. It was only a few months ago that the cupboard was emptied, with two Abdabs being saved by a fan of the park. Graham Smart, the composer of the rides music, has released a medley of the ride and the finale music.
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Rodeo
Rodeo started off as Juggler in Circus World (what is now Wild Asia), before being moved to Calamity Canyon (later to become Mexicana). I'm not sure what happened to the ride itself, but the large cowboy model has since moved to Transylvania.
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Bubbleworks
Just before the ride was due to be rethemed, many enthusiasts managed to salvage bottles, bouncing teacups and some of the Burp models themselves. The majority of the rides audio is still used, with many tracks being in different places than originally intended. To this day, you can still hear Professor Burp say "Hard work!" just before the lift.

Vampire
In 2002, the old Arrow trains where replaced with floorless ones from Vekoma. The old ones where binned. The chandeliers sit by the switch track; it is unknown when these will return to the station. The rides soundtrack, is in fact, not intended for the station. It is assumed to be a version released on tape. Graham Smart has released the original soundtrack, and is available to purchase online.

Pegleg Pete
Pegleg Pete was an animation who lived in Pirates Cove. You would "wake him up" by shaking his leg and he would tell you about his adventures across the seven seas. He was removed in 2009/10 after his shelter broke due to heavy snow. He has since been removed, possibly thrown away.

There are still plenty of unknown things about what happened to some old parts of the park. If you know any more, or wish to expand on what has been said, feel free to post and speculate below!

With thanks to British Dark-Rides Project, Sculpture Studios, Chessington Buzz and Graham Smart for releasing several articles and helping out with my research .
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Re: The Unusual World of Adventures

Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:07 pm

This post reminded me of things I already knew as well as fascinating me with new knowledge. Wonderful thread, thank you for sharing!
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Re: The Unusual World of Adventures

Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:38 pm

Rodeo is now travelling in Europe and has appeared as part of many fairs. I encountered it a few years ago at Tilburg Fair in Holland and was very good :)
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The Unusual World of Adventures

Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:21 am

Morgan wrote:
Vampire
In 2002, the old Arrow trains where replaced with floorless ones from Vekoma. The old ones where binned. The chandeliers sit by the switch track; it is unknown when these will return to the station. The ride's soundtrack, is in fact, not intended for the station. It is assumed to be a version released on tape. Graham Smart has released the original soundtrack, and is available to purchase online.

Not for long... Mwheeehee
 
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Re: The Unusual World of Adventures

Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:06 am

I've had this image for a while and thought I'd share it with you (I can not remember where I found it). It's of Ray Barratt during Vampire's construction. I can't remember exactly what he did, but it was important.
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:29 pm

Chessington Buzz have gone and posted the new Tomb Blaster logo over on their Facebook Page.

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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:52 pm

I like the new logo and glad it's been refreshed alongside the ride itself. I'm also looking forward to going back on it when Chessington opens to see the improvements :)
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Re: Chessington - General Discussion

Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:12 pm

Urrgh, it's rather bad when you realise this logo is one of the better parts of the "refurbishment".
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