Chessington World of Adventures is a fantastic day out for all the family.
There is something for everyone. Rides, entertainment, a sealife centre, animal presentations, Chessington Zoo, Wanyama Village Reserve, food outlets, games, amusements, shops. There are two hotels, the Aztec Hotel and the Safari Hotel. Both hotels have restaurants and bars and there is a pool. Some rooms are themed (safari themed etc). Cash machines and free wifi.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Rides not to miss, Kobra, Monkey Swinger (sit on the inside unless you want to get soaked!), Vampire, Bubbleworks, Dragon falls, Scorpion Express.
Picnic area if you want to take your own food. I recommend this to save money. Food in the burger place near Vampire is good.
Take empty bottles so you can refill them with water at the hydration stations located around the park. Drinks can be quite pricey at the food outlets.
The live show (currently ‘Penguins of Madagascar’) is worth watching. It’s situated in Africa and has loads of outdoor seating. Good for a rest and bite to eat.
Highly recommend getting fast track passes to avoid long queues. The system is really worthwhile and saves you standing around. This is an easy way to get to go on most rides and is worth the money. Get to the park early to avoid long queues to get in he car park.
If you have a Merlin pass there are extra bonuses. With a premium pass these include free parking and money off at the food outlets and drinks stalls. You get a reduced rate at the hotel too and extras like entering the park early before it is open to the general public to go on some of the rides. Definitely worth doing.
Go on a cool, grey day rather than a sweltering summers day to avoid the busiest days.
Staff are super friendly and there are lots of them to help if you have queries or get lost!
Address: Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE.
Playground: There is a wooden play area near the Safari Hotel with an area where you can watch monkeys playing. Only really useful if staying in the hotel. Large green area near Hocu Pocus Hall. Plenty of large grassy spaces to run around in.
Cafe: Lots of different food outlets. Chicken shack, Mexican, pizza, fish and chips, burger kitchen, noodles, original sandwich company. Some cafés have microwaves to heat baby food. Baby feeding room in the Forbidden Kingdom.
Toilets: Lots of toilets situated around the park. Very clean, well maintained and monitored. Baby changing available. Disabled access toilets and changing facility.
Pram / Wheelchair / Mobility friendly: The park is highly accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs. Most of the rides have a separate entrance for wheelchair users.
Parking: There is a huge car park on site but it gets busy very early on. Costs £3 per car for a day but free to premium merlin pass holders.
Nearest Station: Chessington South Station is a 10 minute walk from the park. South west trains run services from London Waterloo, Clapham junction and Wimbledon.
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.
Phone: 0871 663 4477.
Email: Via online form: www.chessington.com/misc/contact-form.
Review by Louise Balhatchet