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The complex opened as Chessington Zoo in , with the theme park being developed alongside the zoo by The Tussauds Group and opening on 7 July , as one of the first themed amusement parks in Britain. Chessington Zoo has over 1, animals, including western lowland gorillas , sea lions , and Sumatran tigers. Chessington World of Adventures theme park consists of themed areas loosely styled on a range of world cultures.
The Burnt Stub site was rebuilt as an inn, until the 18th century, when the Vere Barker family rebuilt it in neo-gothic Victorian style. The resort has its roots in the Chessington Zoo, which opened in ; it was started by Reginald Stuart Goddard, who had bought the estate to showcase his private collection of animals.
In , due to the zoo's declining attendance, Tussauds's commissioned John Wardley to come up with plans to revitalize the park. Smuggler's Galleon a swinging ride reached heights of 20 meters; it was later renamed Black Buccaneer.
The new park development adopted a pay-once price structure as opposed to the fairground's former pay-per-ride format. The season expanded Chessington with the opening of the Transylvania area, featuring The Vampire and Prof.
Burp's Bubble Works. By this time Smugglers' Galleon and the Smugglers' Cove area had been created, both opening in The season arrived with Rameses Revenge , the park's first inverting ride. Rameses Revenge was new in the Forbidden Kingdom area;  an area which had opened the previous year in conjunction with the Terror Tomb dark ride. Also new for was Seastorm in Pirates' Cove, and the Carousel ,  located next to the explorer gate.
Besides Chessington, Merlin also purchased Alton Towers , the nearby Thorpe Park , and Madame Tussauds , which made Merlin the second largest entertainment operator in the world in terms of attendance numbers, behind Disney. In a new land themed to Africa replaced ToyTown. The park's annual Halloween event was rebranded Howl'O'Ween. The new event features night rides on Zufari: Ride into Africa! Chessington's attendance fell this year to 1. The long-running Safari Skyway monorail closed midway through the year, after 29 years of service.
Little was changed during the season, a small live show named Pandamonium opened near the zoo, a Go Ape high ropes course opened, and Trail of the Kings received some new decoration. Tomb Blaster was refurbished with all LED UV lighting and new laser gun system, although the changes were met negatively. Halfway through the season, Chessington announced that their swinging boat ride, Black Buccaneer, would not open for The third will be the pre existing treetop hoppers which will retain its name and be refurbished.
To finish off, Black Buccaneer will reopen as The Blue Barnacle, after Chessington hosted a competition to name the refurbished ride.
The first is Animal Adventures, a February Half-term event. For the week the Chessington Zoo opens as well as selected rides. The evening involves speeches and information about the charity work the Chessington Conservation Fund is involved in, as well as presentations of some of the Zoo's endangered species. Zufari: Ride into Africa! Winter's Tail is a Christmas event during December weekends and school holidays. Throughout the event the resort opens with Christmas decoration and a Christmas grotto 'village' next to Sea Lion Bay.
Parts of the theme park are open, with 's event seeing Vampire return to head a similar lineup to A festive show named The Gruffalo and Stickman Christmas Groove is performed several times throughout the day as well as the chance to decorate cookies in The Gruffalo Kitchen. During the last two weeks of the theme park season, Chessington hosts its biggest event - Howl'o'ween, previously known as Halloween Hocus Pocus. During the event the park is decorated for halloween with spiders, grave stones, voodoo dolls, skeletons and cobwebs as well as large, coloured eyes.
Many of the rides and areas at the park have been either re-themed over the years, while others have moved to other theme parks and been replaced. Chessington World of Adventures opened on 6 July Its main ethos centers around the idea of bringing together a collection of the different cultures and experiences from around the world; a considerable amount of the park is built on the stereotypical setting of each area it is focused on.
The theme park comprises ten themed lands, each with a cultural setting. Mexicana is inspired by a small town in America's old far-west. Among the newer lands is Wild Asia which opened in as a replacement for Beanoland with an Indian jungle theme. In , Mystic East was renamed "Land of the Tiger", with the addition of new tiger enclosures and the partial refurbishment of Dragon Falls as Tiger Rock.
Adventure Point is the central area of the park, it features a selection of shops, restaurants, smaller outlets including hotdog and doughnut units and guest services, as well as the Chessington Adventure Tree carousel, which was added in  The area has mostly Tudor and early Georgian architecture, featuring details such as hanging baskets and boxed plants.
In the centre of Adventure Point is a large compass feature in the ground. The compass points guests in the direction of all the resort locations, it includes: theme park lands, some zoo areas, the Sea Life centre and the hotels.
The area was named 'Market Square' until The ride was originally designed with an interacting cave feature and an extensively designed queueline above the surrounding buildings, around a lake and down into an underground mine, since a redesign in the ride has been changed to be completely in the open with new theming and is renamed 'Scorpion Express'.
Pirates' Cove is an area adjacent to Adventure Point, originally themed to a Cornish fishing village. Until the end of the season named "Mystic East", this is an oriental-themed area built around the Tiger Rock log flume previously Dragon River. In July , Chessington filed for planning permission to partially redesign the area to include new tiger enclosures, including walkways over guests' heads, and a new themed feature for the log flume, to be renamed Tiger Rock.
The park's ferris wheel Peeking Heights was demolished to make way for the tiger enclosures. The area closed for redevelopment on 10 September , and is set to reopen in The area has been re-decorated and re-designed, with a new entrance by Land of the Dragons and Wild Asia. The area, originally named 'Transylvania', was created in ,  modeled on a mock Barvarian town street, with tall European Architecture.
It opened with two major attractions, The Vampire and Prof. Burp's BubbleWorks. Vampire is a steel suspended floorless coaster. Burp's BubbleWorks was a dark water ride that took guests through an animated fizzy pop factory.
For , it was rethemed to an Imperial Leather toiletries factory. The area was created as a quaint, 'Central-European' town square to one side, where the entrance to Prof.
Burp's BubbleWorks , shops and eateries were located amongst the town buildings, then a path set back from the town leads to the castle entrance of The Vampire.
After the park's various changes of management, the area was repeatedly changed in a piecemeal fashion to more of a haunted Halloween style, though most the fascia remains under various repaints and alterations.
Vampire's entrance was moved to an unthemed metal archway in and the original BubbleWorks entrance recycled as a 'Fastrack' queue in recent years.
In , the park renamed Transylvania to "Wild Woods", in relation to the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure attraction opening that year, though the area itself was largely unchanged. Currently, it only locates one ride; Tomb Blaster. Opening in Tomb Blaster is a dark ride shoot out game where riders shoot laser guns at targets and is a retheme of the 'Terror Tomb' dark ride.
One side of Forbidden Kingdom is architecturally designed as an Arabic market town, while Tomb Blaster is set in an Ancient Egyptian courtyard tomb area, though much detail has been removed throughout the area over the years. Land of the Dragons is the park's main children's area.
It is the only area of the park not themed to a time or place from world culture. There are two play areas in the land: Dragon's Playhouse , a large soft play area, and adjacent to this is Canopy Capers , an outdoor treehouse rope bridge attraction. Griffin's Galleon is a Kontiki rock'n'tug ride and Sea Dragons is a spinning boat ride.
Wild Asia, opened in early  as a loosely Indian-themed jungle area, with temple ruins and ancient statues the area is a retheme of the old 'Beanoland' area themed to the popular Beano children's comic books. The area is also home to the Tuk Tuk Turmoil bumper cars , which are themed as Asian rickshaw tuk tuks. The last attraction in the area is Temple of Mayhem , an indoor play area where children can fire foam balls, with a minimum age limit of 4 years.
The Rainforest is a small area aimed at families. Its architecture is recycled from the previous "Toytown" theme, with the original caricatured buildings redressed as African huts. Its previous name "Africa" has been home of the Madagascar franchise since opening in ZUFARI's total size is 22 acres and has flamingos, giraffe, ostrich, Nile lechwe, white rhino, Grevy's zebra, scimitar horned oryx and sitatungas. Along the pathways of Zufari are various African-style paintings on fences.
A winding waterfall runs along its side. In , Reginald Goddard opened the Chessington Zoo. In when Goddard died, the Pearson Publishing Company took over the zoo and managed it until , when The Tussauds Group took control of the park. In the polar bears left the park, as did the hippos and elephants in In the snow leopards were relocated to the lion and tiger area.
The zoo is generally open simultaneously with the theme park, but also remains open over the winter when the theme park is closed. As of the zoo has over 1, animals, many of which are endangered and some being extinct in the wild. The rhea , mara , wallabies , meerkats and agouti were previously the Monkey Walk area. Monkey Walk was replaced by Creatures Features which in turn was later replaced by the Wanyama Village in There is also a Children's Zoo, where children may feed domestic farm animals.
The Safari Skyway , an elevated monorail with an entrance in the Market Square theme park area, takes riders around various animal enclosures at the zoo. An animal presentation in front of the Burnt Stub Mansion hosts the Animal Antics show at different times throughout the day. The Trails of the Kings; a walkthrough attraction home to enclosures for nine western lowland gorillas , two Sumatran tigers , two Asiatic lion , fossa , Carpathian lynx , and binturong.
The area features adventure trail walkways, play areas and Aztec theming. The area has spider monkeys , saki monkeys , red-handed tamarins , golden-headed lion tamarins , Bolivian squirrel monkeys , Geoffroy marmosets , capybara , military macaws , Ecuadorian red-lored amazons , giant wood rail , agouti and three-banded armadillo. The animals in the area can either be viewed on ground or through the Amazu raised walkways, some of which, go through the enclosures.
Penguin Bay is a new area that opened in March as part of the Year of the Penguins. It features the long time residents of Chessington Zoo Humboldt penguins in a beach themed area. Seating for the demonstrations is aboard a shipwreck with a canopy. The new enclosure features glass walls to allow for better public viewing.
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The complex opened as Chessington Zoo in , with the theme park being developed alongside the zoo by The Tussauds Group and opening on 7 July , as one of the first themed amusement parks in Britain. Chessington Zoo has over 1, animals, including western lowland gorillas , sea lions , and Sumatran tigers. Chessington World of Adventures theme park consists of themed areas loosely styled on a range of world cultures. The Burnt Stub site was rebuilt as an inn, until the 18th century, when the Vere Barker family rebuilt it in neo-gothic Victorian style. The resort has its roots in the Chessington Zoo, which opened in ; it was started by Reginald Stuart Goddard, who had bought the estate to showcase his private collection of animals. In , due to the zoo's declining attendance, Tussauds's commissioned John Wardley to come up with plans to revitalize the park.
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