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Forbidden Kingdom Drop Tower - 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.

Let down.

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