Chessington World of Adventures has confirmed that the UK is set to get the world's first theme park based on the iconic adventure series Jumanji.
I can practically hear the drum beat already...
Robin Williams' 1995 movie is of course the original inspiration behind the park, though in recent years Jumanji has been given a new lease of life with the reboot series starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
All of the films feature some threatening wildlife, dangerous tasks and a whole host of adventure, and the theme park based on the world of Jumanji promises to follow in their footsteps.
With £17 million being spent on the development, Chessington World of Adventures and Sony Pictures Entertainment will bring to life the world of Jumanji at the existing park in Chessington, beginning with the entrance which is set to be shrouded in the classic overgrown Jumanji jungle.
Inside the park, which is less than an hour from London, there will be a Jaguar Shrine standing at over 55 feet tall, patiently awaiting the return of its Jaguar's Eye jewel.
More attractions and rides are set to be revealed over the coming month, with the park set to open its doors in spring 2023.
Commenting on the new park, Tim Harrison-Jones, Divisional Director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: "What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit Jumanji film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen.
"We know what it takes to create the ultimate adventure for our guests, spread over 128 acres the Resort already delivers surprises around everyone corner with over 40 wild rides and attractions, zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, plus glamping!"
Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment added: "After being entertained by the films for so many years, fans now have the chance to experience Jumanji in a whole new dimension and we are thrilled to be going on this exciting adventure with the creative team at Chessington as Jumanji further expands with its very own themed land."
A release on Chessington World of Adventure's website sets an exciting high bar for the new park, reading: "A fantastical land is soon to arrive. You'll need to be brave if you want to survive."
Only time will tell what other sights guests will be faced with at the park, but hopefully it will be worth the wait!
Featured Image Credit: Chessington World of Adventures Resort
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