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Chessington World of Adventures will debut the world’s first Jumanji theme park

Chessington World of Adventures will debut the world’s first Jumanji theme park

Chessington World of Adventures will debut the world’s first Jumanji theme park.

The amusement park and resort is to open to the ‘World of Jumanji’ - which is based on the movies from the iconic film franchise - after spending £17 million on bringing it to life.

Visitors to the park - which is just outside of the UK’s capital city London - will be able to immerse themselves into the world of the movies, including spotting the 55 foot Jaguar Shrine, which wants back the curse antidote, the Jaguar Eye’s gem to be brought back to its rightful spot.

More details are expected to follow about the attractions based on the adventure series, which was first introduced to audiences in 1995 with the flick ‘Jumanji’, which starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and Kirsten Dunst. They were transported back there again in 2017 with ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ which featured Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. The revamp was followed by a sequel in 2019 with ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’.

The project - which is set to open in spring 2023 - comes after a deal with Chessington’s operator Merlin Entertainments and Columbia Pictures Location Based Entertainment.

Chessington’s divisional director, Tim Harrison 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 every corner with over 40 wild rides and attractions, zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, plus glamping!"

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Jeffrey Godsick said: "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."

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