AttractionsThe £17m World of Jumanji will come to life in spring 2023 at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

It’s a jungle out there at world’s first Jumanji theme park

Proposed design for the World of Jumanji.
Proposed design for the World of Jumanji. Photo Credit: Merlin Entertainments

After announcing the world’s first Jumanji ride at the Gardaland Resort in Italy earlier this year, Merlin Entertainments is back again with the Jumanji craze, this time with the world’s first Jumanji themed land set to open at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in the UK.

Resort operator Merlin Entertainments had previously entered into an agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment to develop and operate attractions, rides, lands, retail outlets and themed hotel rooms based on the studio’s box office hit Jumanji film franchise.

The latest development from this agreement is the opening of the World of Jumanji in the UK, set to launch in spring 2023. The project will take £17 million (US$20 million) to complete, making it the single largest investment in the history of Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

Visitors will enter the World of Jumanji via an imposing entrance portal, shrouded by an overgrown jungle with a 17m stone Jaguar looming in the background. Details about the theme park’s rides, attractions and experiences will soon be revealed in the coming months.

“What could be more exciting than bringing the global hit Jumanji film franchise to life within the single largest development Chessington has ever seen,” said Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

“We know what it takes to create the ultimate adventure for our guests, spread over 128 acres (52 hectares) 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!"

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