Chessington World of Adventures Resort

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Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington Zoo was opened in 1931, when animal enthusiast Reginald Goddard finally found a suitable arena to show off his exotic animal collection at this Surrey outpost. It wasn’t until 1987, long after Goddard’s death, that the adventure park opened.

The zoo is still deservedly popular and has more than 1,000 exotic animals including ten Western Lowland gorillas, two Sumatran tigers, two Asiatic lions and a family of Persian leopards, as well as a whole load of smaller animals. In the Wanyama Reserve, there are zebra, antelopes and oryxes. Chessington has taken a leaf out of London Zoo’s book and introduced child-friendly animal antics presentations (2pm & 4pm).

At the Sea Life aquarium, eight sharks thrill visitors inside the walk-through ocean tank. An Amazonian display includes those most fearsome of fishes… Piranhas. Wild Asia invites visitors to navigate fallen temples and sacred animals to find the Jungle Bus and the Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems. There's a new penguin attraction now open too, a brand-new Go Ape on site, plus a great looking Gruffalo Arena with a River Ride adventure, themed hotel rooms and more.

Chessington World of Adventures is split into ten different 'lands', including 'Land of the Dragons', 'Africa', 'Mexicana', 'Mystic East' and the 'Forbidden Kingdom', with more than 40 rides across the whole park. And if you can't bear to tear yourself away from all the fun then there are two hotels (the Chessington Safari Hotel and the Chessington Azteca Hotel), plus glamping facilities, to make visits here really pretty special. 

At Chessington World of Adventures, many rides are geared towards families with young children, unlike the more extreme offerings at nearby stablemate Thorpe Park. There’s a large soft play area for younger tots, plus an extreme games area and more challenging white-knuckle rides for older kids, including the Vampire rollercoaster, Rameses Revenge water plunge and Kobra, a ride that spins explorers through the air on a 90m track at a dizzying 43mph. Guides dressed up as fun characters help families on their way round. The slow-loading cars of Dragon’s Fury, a rollercoaster with four-person cars that spin freely as they roll along the track, mean it can generate long queues. The ride looks deceptively tame but packs a real punch, so ride it straight after the gates open or just before park closes. 



Venue name: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Address: Leatherhead Road
Opening hours: 2017: Apr-Oct 31: daily 10am-5pm or 6pm; closed selected dates, check website for details. Halloween opening Oct 20-31: 10am-8pm.
Transport: Rail: Chessington South rail, then bus 71 or 10-min walk
Price: £49, £28-£33 advance, ticket offers available online, under-threes free.
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The Chessington World of Adventures is a fantastic, breathtaking resort for all the family. Children from all ages will adore and have a great time. It's a whole day spent experiencing thrilling rides, high and low. There are certain rides that require a certain height because of the particular design or height of the ride due to safety. Obviously if you do get there early in the morning then definitely get to the Vampire ride first as it's probably the most popular ride in the resort.

Be very prepared to wait huge amounts of time queuing due to it's popular rides during the summer. Especially in the heat, it's not very pleasant to be waiting around an hour for a ride on a scorching hot day. The rides are completely out of this world and the whole family will have a big blast. It's a day to remember and a thrilling experience.

Also Chessington World of Adventures have a beautiful zoo and a sea life centre. They display live shows and events depending on the day you manage to go. They also have their resort hotels which is also a great idea for anyone wanting to stay due to it being far as it's not located exactly in the centre of London.

They do have great gifts and souvenir shops and also appetising restaurants. Be prepared to pay a good amount for these goodies as it can get very expensive. 

After a whole day I think it's definitely worth going and experiencing over 40 rides and attractions. The Kobra ride for me is probably one of my favourite rides of all time. The whole design of being an explorer and being in a sort of a jungle, travelling to different parts of the world is great for the children to learn about our world and the animals.

BubbleWorks for me is out of this world, it's so hilarious and the ending is extremely beautiful. I managed to get some snapshots. It's an astounding moment to the ride.

Have fun! #TOTastemaker Love MD.


We have taken our daughter to Chessington for the last 2 years (she is now 2 and a half) and we have had a fantastic time both years. It’s not as big as Alton Towers or as full of thrill rides as Thorpe Park, but it has a good mix of rides and attractions for most ages. A few biggies including the Kobra and the classic that is Rameses Revenge excite the adventurous, while there are enough tame rides for the kiddies, with a few family favourites such as the Rattlesnake and Scorpion in between. Queues rarely exceed 30 minutes, although I would advise you tick off the most popular rides early on if you don’t want to wait too long. The new Pandamonium show and the Penguins of Madagascar show are fun for the little ones, plus the zoo is a great bonus feature. Only negative is that the whole park looks like it is a bit stuck in the 80s and could do with a serious renovation. They seem to be starting this with the new Amazu Tree Tops Adventure (which is fantastic) and the Zufari ride, so maybe we will see a change over the next few years..

Chessington is situated near wimbledon, london. It is a great park. I enjoy a lot . Actually me and my family went the park for 2 days in the park. I like riding very much me and my friend enjoyed a lot. i want to go again for next holidays.

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