‘Jumanji’ theme park set to open in 2023 in UK
Adventurers will be welcomed into the jungle like a theme park based on Jumanji is set to open in 2023. This is a first for Sony as the first theme park based on one of the company’s hit IPs.
Deadline reports that “The World of Jumanji” theme land will cost $20.5 million to develop and will be located at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in the UK, a 40-minute drive from London. The park will immerse visitors in a “world’s first” experience based on the adventures of the Jumanji movies. Visitors will be greeted with a lush, overgrown jungle-themed entrance, and will have the chance to view the Jaguar Sanctuary featured in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort Division Manager Tim Harrison-Jones told Deadline that this future park attraction “will be the biggest Chessington has ever seen” and guests will expect rides, zoos and glamping opportunities.
“What could be more exciting than bringing the global blockbuster Jumanji film franchise to life in the biggest 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 has surprises for everyone with over 40 wild rides and attractions, a zoo with over 1,000 majestic animals and two themed hotels, as well as glamping!
Meanwhile, Sony Entertainment’s Jeffrey Godsick told Deadline they’re excited for future visitors to “experience Jumanji in a whole new dimension.”
“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 experience this exciting adventure with the creative team at Chessington as Jumanji continues to develop. with its own themed land.
The Jumanji The film franchise kicked off in 1995 with a titular jungle-themed supernatural board game movie starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt. The franchise was then rebooted in 2017 with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungleand Jumanji: the next level in 2019, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. All three films were successful at the box office with the first grossing over $262 million worldwide and the modern sequels grossing $900 and $800 million respectively.