Long Term Development

In 2016 Chessington presented its master plan for a range of exciting new attractions. This included a proposal for a new family rollercoaster and other children’s rides at the ‘picnic field’ site on the southern part of the Resort (Site 7 on the masterplan). The master plan received a high level of support.

The master plan is being delivered. Developments have included the Go Ape high ropes course, glamping accommodation, partial retheming of Mystic East and the Dragon Falls ride to create Land of the Tiger and Tiger Rock, and improvements to the southern car park. In April 2021 the exciting drop tower – Croc Drop – opened.

Merlin remains committed to delivering a new family rollercoaster at the Resort and this exhibition provides more information on the emerging plans for the site.

Development Plan


  • High ropes course at Sixty Acre Wood and reception building on neighbouring Land providing a café and education centre: opened 2016. (Option F).
  • Glamping for up to 35 glamorous camping tents and associated facilities to the southwest of the Resort: opened 2016 (Site 2).
  • Retheming of Mystic East and Dragon Falls ride to create Land of the Tiger and Tiger Rock (Site 5): opened 2018.
  • Improvements to the southern car park (Development Option D): complete 2019.
  • New drop tower ride: Croc Drop (Near Site 5): opened 2021.
  • Safari lodges at 22 Acre Field adjacent to the existing Safari Hotel and Zufari attraction approved by the Council in 2018 (Part of Site 1). 


  • Re-use of an existing building for potential soft play area/indoor trampolines/3D cinema linked to Safari Hotel use (Site 3).
  • Redevelopment of areas for new ride/animal attractions (Sites 4 and 5).
  • New family coaster ride (Site 7).
  • New animal enclosures (Site 10).
  • New visitor attraction to complement existing rides/attractions (Site 8).


  • New infrastructure hub, including storage and staff facilities relocated from elsewhere in the Resort (Site 6).
  • Redevelopment of the existing building to provide new back-of-house support facilities (Site 8).
  • Staff building improvements (Site 9).


  • Camping grounds (Site 10).
Chessington World Of Adventures 2016 Masterplan


  • Other south car park improvements, including surfacing the land to create suitable and permanent parking for day visitors (Option D).
  • Improvements to Leatherhead Road south car park access/exit (Option B).
  • Fairoak Lane junction improvements, to enable visitor access into the south car park (Option C).
  • North entrance access improvements (Option A).
  • Potential overspill car parking (Site 10).


  • Additional new planting to supplement existing boundary planting (Option G). 
  • Sixty Acre Wood – encourage access to the woodland through the promotion of new outdoor activities (Option F). 
  • Jubilee Wood – potential for habitat enhancements and drainage scheme to serve the south car park (Option E).