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Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:48 pm
by Owen
Scruffy Dog have shared this image of a new project, and for some reason it screams Dragons Falls to me. They also noted the name is recognisable which both Chessingtion and Dragons Falls are. It could be entirely unrelated but I wouldn't be surprised seeing as Dragons Falls is expected to have a refurb similar to Scorpion Express at some point...

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Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:37 pm
by lewis97
Scruffy Dog have confirmed that the image is not related to Dragon Falls, nor any Merlin project for that matter.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:45 am
by Robert.W
What a shame! I was beginning to look forward to some sort of re-vamp of Dargon Falls! I guess it may still get one though a some point hopefully.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:58 pm
by Ladyofthelake
As reported by SouthParks News, Chessington have submitted plans for a 'Forest Segways Tours' attraction to be located next to the Go Ape High Ropes course in the Sixty Acre Woods. This will comprise of a 1600m long circuit which will take guests through the natural woodland in the area. Groups can be up to 14 guests with five, 90 minute sessions a day.

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Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:10 pm
by Liam.W
I'm so excited by this! I've done the forest segways at the GoApe located in Sherwood Forest, and it is fantastic! Really glad it's coming to chessie!

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:34 pm
by Justin
They also offer it at Go Ape Thetford, although I've never been on them there. It has been a while since I've been on a Segway, but when I go biking nearby, they always seem to be in use!

Just found a little video too!

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:06 pm
by Swarm Chris
Some speculation, as Chessington haven't had a brand new ride in a while. The park is in reasonable need of something new that can add capacity, given that pretty much every weekend Vampire and Dragon's Fury will have queues 40-90 minutes in length, along with Grufallo and Zoofari having similarly long queues.

If I remember correctly, there was some suggestion in the last development plan that they wanted to add a new coaster, with a water coaster being hinted at. Given the re-theme of Tiger Rock this year, I'm not sure they need a water coaster, or that it would give the capacity they need.

My speculation is given the success of Wicker Man, could they build a family oriented woodie? They could even shove an IP in there like Oscar's Wacky Taxi if they really had to.

The field at the corner of the Vampire and Dragon's Fury has been earmarked for development for a fair while, and I could see it nicely housing a wooden coaster, given how they've implemented Wicker Man.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:28 pm
by Cwoalover
Hi guys. I totally agree about Chessington not needing a new coaster but I would love to see Samurai return. Though land of the tigers may not be mystic east, samurai would be a perfect addition since the building are a nice surrounding area for samurai. Also, I would like the old colour scheme back. Who knows, it could be orange and black stripes! Really though, rameses revenge needs it's buddy back since it wasn't the only upside down ride when samurai was their.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:09 pm
by vanjiematteo
Swarm Chris wrote:
The field at the corner of the Vampire and Dragon's Fury has been earmarked for development for a fair while, and I could see it nicely housing a wooden coaster, given how they've implemented Wicker Man.

It's to my understanding that they can't build on that green area next to Dragons Fury as it is green belt land. I know someone who works for Merlin and this was the reasoning she gave me.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:20 pm
by Stevieg1993
How about a Mack junior launch coaster? Similar to Manta at SeaWorld Diego. I'd probably say it would be a good addition to the park and be a hit with their target audience.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:11 pm
by Chris
That's a great ride.

However, right about now, any new additions would be welcome at Chessington.

It's coming on 15 years without a new coaster.

(And no, Scorpion Express does not count).

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:07 am
by Swarm Chris
A Mack launched coaster might be a good fit for Chessington in terms of building restrictions.

If I remember correctly they have a similar height restriction to Alton (leading to Rattlesnake being shoved in a hole), along with a noise restriction (in part caused by the very noisy Vampire lift hill), and the inability to build on various amount of greenbelt land (although tearing it up with vehicles on a wet day is fine).

As much as I would love a family woodie at Chessington, they'd probably need to dig another hole and find some way of making it less noisy. I haven't heard a Mack powered launch in real life, but I'd assume it'll be one of the quietest large rollercoaster types available.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:57 am
by Stevieg1993
A family Mack Launch Coaster would be good,similar to Manta at SeaWorld Diego. Think it's only around 50 feet and 43mph. Add a good theme and you'd have a good family coaster which can pack abit of a punch as well. It be like a small scale Icon but better themed. Take out the inversions or at a push maybe add a barrel.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:38 pm
by Jared
vanjiematteo wrote:
Swarm Chris wrote:
The field at the corner of the Vampire and Dragon's Fury has been earmarked for development for a fair while, and I could see it nicely housing a wooden coaster, given how they've implemented Wicker Man.

It's to my understanding that they can't build on that green area next to Dragons Fury as it is green belt land. I know someone who works for Merlin and this was the reasoning she gave me.

Thankfully that's incorrect. Chessington, thanks to some clever planning and agreements with the local authorities expanded their major development boundary and it allows them to build on that land. Believe it or not, Chessington isn's short of expansion space, theres just a far bigger masterplan in place when it comes to Chessington which is going to take quite sometime to implement. They did have 2020/2021 earmarked as a high investment year and the plan was for a new roller coaster.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:29 pm
by obliviongirl
Getting really tired of the IP’s to be honest. I was disappointed when they changed Bubbleworks to Gruffalo but then again I haven't been on Gruffalo so can't really comment.

I understand IP’s are good from the park's perspective for marketing and that but in terms of longevity perhaps not so much. I miss the days when all the rides were based on original ideas... felt a lot more magical that way.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:11 pm
by Coaster Chall
I think that with Merlin Entertainments, they like to spread a major investment across their parks. The latest rumours suggests that Gardaland will get it in 2020 with their waterpark and also, rumours suggests that Chessington World Of Adventures will get a new coaster in 2021. We're not sure at the moment whether its the Juvelen type launch coaster or a pirate themed water coaster or anything else that wasn't in the long term development plan, but it is highly speculated that 2021 is the year.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:50 am
by Podulator365098
I think a family woodie would work quite well considering the success of Wicker Man. I think something like switchback at ZDTs could fit quite nicely if you whack a nice theme on it

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:20 pm
by Dom
I think when Vampire retires and its time for it to be removed, a family friendly woody could work in that area, especially given its Wild Woods area name. I still think a rapids ride would be amazing at the park, but highly unlikely now I think. 

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:21 pm
by Coaster Chall
Just seen this on FB for UK Theme Parks and it seems as if Chessington World Of Adventures have announced that a new four year partnership will bring the Elmer character from the children's book to the relocated Flying Jumbos. Elmer's Flying Jumbos will open in 2020.

Re: Chessington - The Future

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:44 pm
by lewis97
It seems the original press release actually went out at the end of November last year, so this somehow slipped past everyone, until now...