'Jumanji'-themed land set to open at Chessington World of Adventures

The development will be based on the Jumanji movies. (Merlin)
The development will be based on Jumanji. (Merlin) (Merlin)

Chessington World of Adventures is creating a new land based on Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Jumanji movies.

‘World of Jumanji’ – which is set to open in spring 2023 – is said to be a “world first experience that deep dives into the adventurous, action-packed stories seen in the box office hit Jumanji films”.

Costing £17 million, the development is the first themed land for the high-octane franchise.

It comes after a global agreement with Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment and Merlin Entertainments.

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A first look at some of the proposed designs for the new area shows an entrance portal shrouded in jungle plants and a 55ft Jaguar shrine that looks very similar to the one in the films.

The track of a ride swirls around the huge statue, although ride details haven't been shared yet.

The new development is costing £17 million. (Merlin)
The new development is costing £17 million. (Merlin) (Merlin)

Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington World of Adventures, 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.”

The Jumanji series started in 1995 with the movie starring the late Robin Williams.

It was rebooted in 2017 with Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, starring Johnson and Jack Black, and a sequel - entitled Jumanji: The Next Level – was unveiled in 2019.

'Jumanji: The Next Level'. (Credit: Sony)
The Jumanji films have been a hit. (Sony)

All of the movies were a hit with audiences and at the box office.

It’s thought another film in the series will follow.

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Hiram Garcia, president of Seven Bucks Productions, was asked about in January and was quoted as saying: “It's going to happen, for sure. We have a really big vision for that third Jumanji movie.”

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