I paid a visit to Chessington World of Adventures yesterday along with a few others from TTF. Traditionally, Chessington has always been a pleasant family park with a number of rides and generally good theming.
It is therefore with genuine concern that I post this.
The park is in a terrible, terrible state. It appears completely forgotten. Whilst Alton Towers are at least renewing and maintaining the majority of areas, and Thorpe Park is nearly always fresh looking, Chessington looks old, worn, tired and frankly in need of dire attention.
What exactly Tussauds left to Merlin last year is hard to explain.
Queuelines are often shabby, theming is extremely poorly maintained and paint is often peeling. Many rides look tatty and depressed. This is not what, in 1987, the designers of the park would have foreseen.
It is quite literally sad to see the park fall to what is effectively ruin, and without millions of pounds of investment in the rides and park generally as soon as possible, Chessington will be driven to the ground. Forget all these grand animal projects, the original stuff like the Runaway Train, Vampire, Rattlesnake and Dragon Falls are in need of major refurbishments.
Here are one or two pictures that I took of Runaway Train and Dragon Falls, note all the yellow stuff in the theming... it just gets worse every year and nothing is being done about it. If this was Alton we'd be up in arms so it's about time to be up in arms about Chessington.
Save the place and it can be grand once again.