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Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Chessington

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Chessington World of Adventures Resort is not only a theme park and resort--it's also a zoo and sea life center. Originally opened in 1931, the zoo shelters over 1,000 animals, many of which are endangered and no longer found in the wild. A new ZUFARI animal reserve was added in 2013, offering guided off-road safari adventures. The theme park area is divided into Market Square, Mystic East, Mexicana, Pirates Cove, Transylvania, and Forbidden Kingdom. Choose from dozens of attractions, like water rides, roller coasters, drop towers, bumper cars, bird enclosures, and live shows at the site’s musical theater. Check online for opening dates and times, and avoid long lines by booking your tickets well in advance. Work out when and for how long to visit Chessington World of Adventures Resort and other Chessington attractions using our handy Chessington trip itinerary planner.
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  • We visited in a non pupil day and were pleased to see short queues, the staff were really friendly and, in the main, helpful. It was however disappointing that nobody mentioned to us that the Vampire ...  more »
  • I was able to pre book tickets on line saving a lot of money. I was able to print my tickets and scan them at the turn styles saving time on entry My bag was checked on entering which I was please wit...  more »
  • SHORT - Incorrect information given from staff - App not correct/ not updated - Signage needs improving - Staff need to spend less time chatting - Staff lack organisation skills LONG My boyfriend and ...  more »
  • Great place to take wee ones, from about 1 to maybe 6 years old? Much bigger than you think, with lots of animals and rides that allow even babies to enjoy. That said, it's worth getting the fast track past as most of the rides are not worth the 60 minutes wait than many others had to endure. Trust me, this turns into a 3 star review if it had not been for those fast track queue jumping tickets.
  • A good experience, as usual. We went when most kids were back to school but ours had a second inset day (teach training, etc.). This meant all the rides except for Dragons Fury had either no queue at all or at most a minute or two. It tool longer to walk the queue route on some (especially Vampire!). Some rides were closed which was a disappointment. Especially Dragon Falls. :( A shame it was raining until after 11am but wasn't too bad. Although, when I inquired about the free return ticket when it rains for more than 1 hour the staff at the gate assured me that I was wrong and it had to be 2 hours and that I needed to go online to get it. Turns out they were wrong. They should know what their own policy is on this and what customers need to do!! Other staff were very friendly though and overall the kids, my partner and I all had a great time. :)
  • One of the best! It has a zoo, it has a Sea Life, it has amazing rides. It's not always overcrowded. What more do you want? Just get a Merlin annual pass because spending £40 a ticket every time is not worth it.
  • What an amazing adventure. Had some lovely fish and chips for lunch .. might add you should go hungry as it is a lot to eat. There is so much for everyone to do and experience. Unfortunately the ride we wanted to go on had broken down. Due to time restrictions we could not wait but will be back again.
  • Not the most swish and snazzy theme park with huge rides as it caters for younger thrill seekers but it's still a fun day out. We live locally and have merlin passes which means we can visit regularly and avoid the big rides on very busy days (or just get one or two fast track passes). We always have a great day and although the food isn't cheap we get 20% off which makes it OK. If it's busy queues are huge as with all theme parks. You can easily get half price tickets online or on cereal packets but please set your expectations for how long things take. There are plenty of other non ride things to do with kids if the queues are long. If you are only going to visit once choose a quiet weekend! Get there for opening to get a quick ride or two before the crowds arrive.