Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Skyscraper

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Nemesis
Here's an interesting question; as it's a shuttle, do we think the train could have some rows facing forwards and some facing backwards? We already know that B&M wing coasters can have rows facing backwards...
 
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MattyH

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GIIBBB
Maybe it could be rethemed to Peppa Pig meets Mad Max

Can't be that difficult to create a reason for Mrs Rabbit to be wealding a flamethrower surely.
 

Hairobics

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Oo yes, “Peppa Pig’s Spit Roast’. It’ll be a worlds first. We can have fresh bacon vendors after every go around.

Jesus. This is summoning some very dark imagery lol. I apologise.
 
Just out of interest, why is Barrel Bailout listed as 'brave adventurers' on the Chessington App. Isn't it essentially the same as a ride in Thomas Land?

I also see that Griffin's Galleon is little adventurers where as trawler trouble is family. Aren't they essentially the same ride?
 

James Watkins

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Just out of interest, why is Barrel Bailout listed as 'brave adventurers' on the Chessington App. Isn't it essentially the same as a ride in Thomas Land?

I also see that Griffin's Galleon is little adventurers where as trawler trouble is family. Aren't they essentially the same ride?
Yeh it’s listed as Little Rangers on the map, Family Explorers on the website and then Brave Adventurers on the app. Baffling 🤦‍♂️
 
This year was the first time I had visited the park for about 15 years. It felt so tired and unloved.

It's certainly the Merlin park that feels the least 'Merlin'

This shocks me.

I’d say that of all the UK Merlin parks, Chessington is the best looked after. To be fair, that says a lot about the shocking standards at the other parks, but still.

They’ve recently refurbished and re-themed multiple areas of the park, have very much re-branded in recent years and made countless upgrades to the zoo. Not sure what Thorpe have done lately.
 

Rick

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Crux
This shocks me.

I’d say that of all the UK Merlin parks, Chessington is the best looked after. To be fair, that says a lot about the shocking standards at the other parks, but still.

They’ve recently refurbished and re-themed multiple areas of the park, have very much re-branded in recent years and made countless upgrades to the zoo. Not sure what Thorpe have done lately.
Cool story bro.

Check the date of my post.
 

Skyscraper

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A heads up folks, Chessy could fall within the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) if the expansion of it is approved.

Visitors to Chessington World of Adventures could be slapped with London’s £12.50 a day Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge, leading the theme park to warn it might be unaffordable for some families.

Chessington World of Adventures said paying the extra charge could prevent some families having days out at attractions in Greater London as they face sharp rises in the cost of living.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced plans earlier this year for the zone, which targets polluting cars, to expand to all 33 boroughs in the capital from August 2023.

The fee only covered central London when it was first introduced in 2017, but it was extended last October to include all of inner London within the North and South Circular roads.

The latest expansion plans aim to push more people into using public transport over driving.

But Chessington World of Adventures Resort has warned the extra charge could deter families from having “memorable days out” at attractions in Greater London.

In a statement to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the theme park said it supports Transport for London’s aim to cut air pollution in London and wants to see more people using cars which comply with the minimum emissions standards, but warned it would be “neither affordable nor practical” for some of its guests to make the change in the current economic climate.

The scheme requires owners of vehicles that do not meet the ULEZ emissions standards, typically older vehicles, to pay a daily fee of £12.50 to drive in the zone.

Drivers who do not pay the charge face a fine of up to £160.

A spokesperson for Chessington World of Adventures Resort said in a statement: “We fully support TfL’s objective to secure a reduction in air pollution in Greater London, and continue to encourage our guests to take advantage of the excellent public transport connections to the resort.

“However, we recognise that many of our guests – particularly families with younger children, who need to bring additional amenities for their day out, and those from outside of the capital – continue to reach us by private motor vehicle.

"Whilst, like TfL, we want to see more people using cars which comply with the minimum emissions standards, we appreciate that it is neither affordable nor practical for some of our guests to make such a change in the current economic climate.

“Given the need for London’s tourism sector to continue its recovery from the significant challenges of the past two years, we would urge TfL to carefully consider the potential adverse economic impacts of expanding the ULEZ zone right on the London/Surrey border at the present time.

"Many households are currently facing substantial rises in the cost of living, and clearly any additional cost – such as a ULEZ charge – could be a deterrent to families choosing to have memorable days out at attractions such as ours within the Greater London boundaries.

“We hope that these potential impacts will be looked at carefully before any final decision is made.

"In particular, we would be keen to explore with TfL how we could work together to encourage even more of our guests to shift to using its public transport network, without penalising those who unavoidably have to travel by car.”

The price of a one-day ticket to Chessington World of Adventures starts from £36 per person if bought online and £57 on the day.

The cost of an overnight stay starts from £50 per person.

A consultation on the ULEZ expansion ended in July this year.

In an update on its website on August 4, TfL said: “Our consultation on proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.

"We are now considering the feedback we received and aim to publish our consultation report and next steps later in the year.”

The mayor has previously said: “The health of Londoners across the capital is being damaged by air pollution and I’m doing all I can to improve it … If the zone is expanded, five million people living in the outer boroughs would also be able to breathe cleaner, less polluted air and this is why I’ve been consulting on expanding the ULEZ London-wide.

“Deadly air pollution contributes to children developing stunted lungs, asthma and a whole host of other health issues and new research has shown that it also puts people at increased risk of developing dementia.

"We need to act now to protect the most vulnerable from the worst consequences of toxic air and build a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for everyone.”

TfL has been contacted for comment.

 
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Thameslink Rail

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The Smiler
Damn, I have a 2012 diesel. There’s a helpful feature on that website which allows you to put your number plate in to check and it looks like we’ll have to pay the charge if/when it comes in. Great!
 

Funcone

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This may be true, but most of Merlin's medium term development plans don't come to fruition. I'm sure Chessington have had a couple of medium term plans including a 4D cinema, and photos of a water coaster and an Intamin family launched coaster. In the past they've also talked about putting a themed facade around Sea Life and a coaster behind Temple of Mayhem (before they put accomodation there). To be fair, it looks like things have picked up at Chessington and they are trying to solve some of the park's problems, so they might be more ambitious moving forward, but I wouldn't get too excited about anything they propose. Until a planning application goes in, a lot of plans stand a reasonable chance of not working out.
 

Matt N

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This is very exciting news if it comes to fruition!

From past experience, I believe that Jared (owner of Chessington Buzz) is a very reputable source, so I have little reason to doubt what the page is saying, but you can of course never know 100% with these things.

It’s exciting nonetheless, however!
 
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