It might not look like much, but Dragon's Fury is one of the most fun coaster experiences anywhere. This custom Maurer Sohne with spinning cars provides a unique ride each time. If possible try to ride with only three people in your car. Vampire (suspended) was originally built by Arrow but modified by Vekoma with new trains. Runaway Train is a juiced-up powered coaster.
Most of the remaining rides are family friendly. Monkey Swinger is a Wave Swinger was a surprise twist. Tomb Blaster is a re-ridable shooting dark ride. Imperial Leather Bubble Works is a one-of-a-kind indoor raft ride. Hocus Pocus Hall is an interesting walkthrough with optical illlusions. The park also has a decent-size zoo at no additional cost.
There is a Burger King in the park. Beyond that there are speciality restaurants offering, Chinese, Mexican, noodles, pizza, fish and chips, or fried chicken. The Greedy Goblin Inn is the largest eatery and offers BBQ, vegetarian, pasta, burgers, and children's meals.
The amusement park is open daily from late March until the end of October.
Established Seasonal events
In late October the park hosts a Halloween Event.
Access & Location
The park is only 12 miles from London and driving directions can be found on the park's website. http://www.chessington.com/plan-your-trip/how-to-get-here.aspx
The park can be accessed by rail or bus.
By Rail: Regular South West Train services run from Waterloo, Clapham Junction, and Wimbledon. Take the train to Chessington South Station. The park is approximately 10 minutes walk from the station. For more information please call National Rail on 08457 484950 or use their comprehensive rail time table planner. (Simply type in your departure station and Chessington South as your destination station, then enter the time you want to arrive at Chessington South and it will figure out the best route and time table.)
By Bus: Chessington is served by a regular bus service. Take the 465 bus from Kingston to Chessington, or the 467 bus from Epsom to Chessington.
Chessington Holiday Inn is the on-site hotel. Weekend stays come with the benefits of early zoo and park entry. Limited rides will be open for those 30 minutes.
Virtual Queue Options
Multiple children's shows are hosted in the Dragon's Tale Theater.
Chessington World of Adventures started out as a zoo and grew into a very quirky theme park. The parkís nine themed areas include homages to the American West, the mysterious Orient, and even Transylvania. The emphasis is on families at Chessington (Bubbleworks is not to be missed), but the park delivers some decent thrills, thanks to Vampire (a suspended coaster) and Dragonís Fury (one of the best, most intense spinning coasters anywhere). Food offerings at Chessington are just average (youíll find Burger King here), and the park can be pretty mobbed (with rather slow lines) in the summer when schools let out. Chessington is a nice if not awe-inspiring park, but if youíre vacationing in London, itís worth visiting.
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Chessington is not a thrill park- that's what Thorpe is for. Rather, it uses great theming to make the family rides seem great. The biggest coaster is Vampire, which is a fun ride with an AMAZING station (just hope the ride isn't broken). The Wild Mouse is incredibly themed, and Dragon's Fury is pretty good too. Don't miss the Monkey Swings either. Operations were ok. Food is well priced and good. Park atmosphere is fantastic, with lots of scenery and nice quiet areas. Didn't really get to check out the zoo portion, but that's there too! While it isn't going to be the most thrilling day ever, Chessington will provide a very fun and relaxing time.
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