Chessington World of Adventures Resort

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  1. RicketyCricket

    RicketyCricket TowersStreet Member

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    Chessington was basically ignored whilst they ploughed money into Thorpe Park in the mid 00's. It's never really recovered from the lack of investment.

    It's very well marketed as a family park and perhaps even over-sold. There's now too many guests and not enough rides.
     
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    I don't think the number of rides is a problem it's the capacity of said rides- vampire is a long ride and only runs two low guest number trains (with literally half the seats on RAP last time I went). Dragons Fury is also fairly pathetic in terms of riders per hour.... Its not a big supprise the fast track que on both can get up to an hour
     
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    I have to agree with the above posts. It's such a pity what Chessington has become. It was a great park back in the day and the additions were top notch. For example it was such an exciting time when Transylvania Land opened back in 1990 with the iconic Professor Burp's Bubbleworks. The Vampire was a great experience too. The queue line and the station were so well done and really built up the anticipation of the actual ride. Sad to see the Vampire such a shadow of its former self. Even the restaurant was excellently themed with dancing animatronics on the stage.

    I know it may be a long time coming, but let's hope the future brings the much needed investment to bring the park back up to standard.
     
  4. Themeparksandy1981

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    I not been to Chessington since 2008 but they really need to add something big to really get me to drive over 2 hrs again.
     
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    Rameses Revenge has reopened!! (Thankfully - best ride in the park)
     
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    That I’m still yet to ride! :(
    Does anyone have any reviews from the bounce? Is it as good as Bouncezilla?
     
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    Was at kolmården today. Chessington could learn a lot from that park on how to do well themed areas, how to keep animals well and how to cater for all the thrill markets. Wildfire is only a 1.2 restriction and the best coaster I have ever rode. I appreciate a 180ft drop wouldn't be possible but something launched perhaps?

    Their children's areas were far better themed and had genuine charm along with no reliance on IP's.
     
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    Chessington could have been the country’s crown jewel - the council ruined wardleys plans back in the day and continue to do so. From a business perspective I can see why it gets minimal investment
     
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    I don't see how this is true? The planning was extremely tight yes but Tussauds built everything they wanted to at that time. "Wardley's plans" were hardly ruined and the park was extremely successful for its first 10-15 years. In recent years all their planning applications have been granted.

    The council are a problem but the relationship between them and the park should have been constructively built up over the years. I don't see the council as the reason the park stagnated so much in the late 90s–2000s
     
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    Out of interest, is it true that Wardley wanted to build a Nemesis-esque B&M invert on the site that Rattlesnake presently occupies, or did I imagine that?
     
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    I think the locals are more of a problem than the council, I know a few and they were always complaining around the evening barbecue about the noise when I was up there , until I pointed out if they got the place shut half their family would be on the dole.
     
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    I've heard that rumour too, but not from a reliable source that I can remember.

    There was never any planning put forward for such a thing, but there was definitely something else intended for that site than the travelling wild mouse that we got.
     
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    I will say though when that area came about the theming was to Disney standards. Did anyone ever see the cowboy show? It was brilliant.
     
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    Wasn't Rattlesnake always the plan for that area? The wood coaster was for Circus World, not sure if that got planning permission or was just mooted with the council, I thought it was approved at some level.
     
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    Wasn't there a racing Schwarzy planned as well?
    ... And no, I'm not getting confused with the dueling one he designed for Towers! Back in the early days of RCT1, before any of the expansions were released, JW put a couple of tracks up for download on his website, claiming they were unused designs for various parks. One of them was a pair of racing "steel rollercoasters" supposedly from Chessy. I'm not too sure where it was going to go, but at the time I assumed it would be more or less where Fury sits today.
     
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    @DiogoJ42 I thought the woody was a racer? Or maybe it was a steel racer? The plan for the racer (whatever it was made out of ....) is floating around somewhere. The JW tracks are on an old PC somewhere.
     
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    The plans were for a steel racer, as I recall, manufactured by Vekoma and sited in what was then Beanoland.
     
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    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    Think you're right right - here's the article from Airtime 14
     
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    A great shame that Chessington never recieved the racing steel coaster, but at least we all got to enjoy Drayton Manor's wooden coaster for the new millenium.
     
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    That thing kicked some serious ass in its brief tenure.
     
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