World’s first “Jumanji” rollercoaster to open this spring at UK’s Chessington World of Adventure
Called Mandrill Mayhem, the “winged, launch, shuttle ride, a retro” will be part of Chessington’s new land, World of Jumanji. The theme park has unveiled an artist’s impression – the newest to open at the resort since 2004 – of what the coaster is set to look like (pictured above).
According to the ride’s description, Mandrill Mayhem will sweep visitors to the World of Jumanji on a mandrill’s arm as they escape the dangers of the jungle.
“The fiercest of all wild animals, mandrills are unpredictable and will run full speed through the treetops, flipping in hair-raising adventures, spiraling to the top of the 55-foot-tall Jaguar Shrine,” the ride description reads. . “Watch the jewels of the jaguar’s eyes shine before the fall and the daring deed again… backwards.”
As well as the new coasters, World of Jumanji will feature two other new rides: Mamba Strike – which will see riders swinging through the bazaar pushing mamba fangs – and Ostrich Stampede, where riders must outrun a herd. Ostrich stamping in the dunes.
In addition, there will be a maze based on the Jumanji board game as well as themed food, drinks, merchandise and hotel rooms.
“We look forward to welcoming you to the jungle this spring, as the amazing world of Jumanji opens at Chessington World of Adventures Resort,” said Scott O’Neill, CEO of Merlin Entertainment, which operates Chessington. “Families should prepare to be flipped… literally, the first new rollercoaster at the resort in nearly 20 years has a twist, turn and flip that will have you holding on to your seat! It’s the next level for families looking to explore the ultimate adventure together.”
New World comes to Chessington after Merlin signed a multi-territory deal with Sony’s Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment last year. The Surrey-based theme park also has a deal with Magic Light Pictures, which handles the licensing of beloved children’s picture books, including “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom.”
The Jumanji franchise is based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. It spawned four films, including the 1995 blockbuster starring Robin Williams and recent adaptations starring Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. “Jumanji” will come to life in a theme park for the first time in Chessington’s new land.