The world’s first Jumanji theme park is coming to the UK

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3 Nov 2022, 13:41

Jaguar Shrine from Jumanji and picture of roller coaster

Credit: Getty /Jumanji trailer

It’s official, Chessington World of Adventures has announced the UK will be getting the world’s first theme park based on the movie Jumanji.

It has been reported that £17 million is to be spent on the development of the park, with Chessington World of Adventures and Sony Entertainment bringing the Jumanji world to life.

The park, which is less than an hour from London, will include an entrance shrouded in jungle vines, a Jaguar Shrine standing at over 55ft tall and lots of attractions and rides based on the film.

Speaking about 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!"

Example of new ride at Jumanji Park in Chessington World of Adventures

Credit: Chessington World of Adventures

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."

The original Jumanji film first hit cinemas in 1995, starring Robin Williams but in recent years, there has been a reboot series of the movie starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart.

It sounds like we won’t have to wait too long to explore the new Jumanji park either, as Chessington World of Adventures revealed it will be opening its doors to the public in Spring 2023.