The United Kingdom is gearing up for the first Jumanji-themed park in the world – get ready for the excitement!
Two children play a magical board game, release Alan Parrish – a man trapped in it for decades – and let loose a host of dangers that only finishing the game can stop. What’s not to like?
Jumanji began life as a children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg in 1981. It was adapted into a blockbuster eponymous film, starring Robin Williams (with Bonnie Hunt, above), in 1995, which led to a slew of films on the theme, including box office hits in 2017 and 2019 starring the likes of Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan (below).
If you were one of those entranced by the scary action and the exciting adventure, here’s great news: London is gearing up to open the first Jumanji-themed park in the world, which means you will soon be able to walk into the world of Jumanji and face the beasts in person.
The news of the opening follows a £ 17 million deal struck between Merlin Entertainments and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Merlin Entertainments operates the Chessington World of Adventures Resort, which is sited about 12 miles south west of Central London; the new theme park will be a part of this resort.
Initial reports reveal that the new theme park, to be developed at the cost of £17 million, will feature a number of thrilling rides and and other attractions, all watched over by a 17-metre-high jaguar, which might or might not incorporate a roller coaster. More details of the attractions and experiences are expected.
Said Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, in a statement, “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 every corner with over 40 wild rides and attractions, the zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, plus glamping!”