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Chessington World of Adventures | Lockdown Review

Chessington World of Adventures is located on the outskirts of London at Chessington near Leatherhead, and about 10 minutes of the M25, though it can be very busy to enter so the 10 minutes could be longer, This Theme Park is part of the Merlin group and will accept Merlin passes as part of pre-booking.  This review focuses on the lockdown steps and precautions, a more in-depth review of the park is here.

With Lockdown happening many theme parks and attractions were closed and have recently reopened with many new rules and procedures, with all this being said I thought I would give me thoughts on what’s there and happening so you can prepare and make your own decisions etc, for up today changes and advice check their website, and there App, which as I’ve detailed before is very useful to have in theme parks nowadays.

Currently, Merlin among other theme parks have launched Pre-booked day, this helps them limit how many people they can have in the park at one time,  so if you are a spare of the moment person then this is not an option currently. If you are a Merlin Pass holder you WILL still need to book and there’s an additional charge with this, its a little frustrating as a Merlin holder will have already paid in their thoughts but that’s the Merlin decision.

The entry of a theme park has changed over the last couple of years, there’s a security check-in with bag searches and potentially wand detection, but now with many attractions, there’s a quick temperature check, this is often used by the handheld thermometer style gun, that is aimed at your head, it’s not super accurate but it’s still relatively good and fast if you or member of your party fails you will not be able to enter the Park, and you will be given a refund. When we passed through I didn’t see anyone get rejected, for many, this will be an uncomfortable process but to be honest its a quick scan, HOWEVER with this scan, Security check, the tickets entry this whole process will take considerably longer than if you have ever been before,  there are fewer people because the park has been limited but the time it takes has increased, so expect a really busy day length of queuing.
Once inside there’s a couple of safety things to note, the park now has Anti back gels at the entrance and located at practically every ride as you get off, this allows you to keep safe if you have touched anything around the ride and ride queue.

Some rides and attractions will need a mask to be worn to ride etc, this is where the App comes in handy, this not only tells you queues of the rides like other parks and can help plan your day, but it will also list the rides this is often enclosed ones like The Gruffalo, Vampire, Tuk Tuk cars, Sealife centre, for example, are all things you need to wear your mask. Being an outside event you don’t have to wear your mask for many of the others and around the park but if you feel more comfortable then do.

Some rides and attractions are closed, to be honest, when we were there it was just one of note that was closed, The Room on the broom ride, but this is more of a walk around a building with the interactive scenes of the Story, I don’t know why it’s closed because the Sealife is open, and this is essentially the same process,  but there are other parts that are closed, as some of the food places, the odd animal enclosure, the big Airball ride with younger kids playing and shooting foam air balls was closed, as was a play area, I assume to limit the interaction of kids.

The rides have been reduced in capacity to improve social distancing, this can be frustrating and looking around there are some inconstancies with the distance, however, expect the odd spaces to be closed off, for example, the Monkey swinging chairs have every other row blocked off, this is odd because other rides get you closer but this is done to increase the space between you. Ever 30 minutes a ride will briefly close for cleaning, like in shops etc there’s regular cleaning happening all the time, this adds time to your wait, and that’s the thing you have to remember, both these processes add time, the park might be half full for example but the length makes it feel like a really busy day at peak, rides were still 45 to 70 minutes, because of all these changes.

Overall

If you want to brave the world and visit a theme park then you still can, that’s the underlying them, but as you can tell there will be delays, expect them, the traffic might be a little lighter with cars on the road but as soon as you get to the Park, the delays start, but to keep people safe what did we expect? The park has been improved with new rides and a little facelift, they have had a little time to get organised and are finding their grove in the all of these added processes, The park and staff have dealt with this pretty well,  staff all have Masks on, there lots of barriers, POS with information dotted around the park, there are floor sprays for social distancing and routes if you need them. If you thinking that this day will be a quick one with not many rides but at least it will be quiet? you will be wrong, generally of the rides are on but as I’ve detailed just be prepared for it all to be longer than normal, the only big downside to the day is the people, for many there they had no social distancing, no regard to others, it just baffles me watching how they react and interact with others, this will be something that might annoy you, it’s not the Parks fault but it is pretty frustrating from general people.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Lianne

    This was an interesting read, but it sounds like they’re putting as much in place as they can do in the circumstances, it’s just a shame not everybody is following rules.

    August 4, 2020 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Deborah Nicholas

    It sounds like they’re doing all they can but I think everywhere is going to have silly people who take no precautions or just don’t care.

    August 4, 2020 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    It sounds like Chessington has bought in some great features to help people feel safe while visiting the location in the pandemic. It is great businesses have been able to reopen in a safe way.

    August 4, 2020 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    I guess with school holidays parents need to take their kids out. Its good that so much though and care has gone into making these places safe for people to visit. At least with people who feel comfortable to venture out they are assured that the safety measures are in place.

    August 4, 2020 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    It seems like they are taking all the necessary precautions to keep their customers and staff safe. It is great that they have been able to reopen though!

    August 4, 2020 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Gladwin

    We haven’t ventured to a theme park since places have started to reopen. It’s great they’re working hard to keep everyone safe.

    August 5, 2020 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Playdays and Runways

    We were supposed to be heading to Chessington last week with our Merlin Passes but had to cancel. We did manage to get to Alton Towers though which was fun.

    August 5, 2020 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    Businesses of this kind are not allowed to open yet here in my country. I am glad though that this theme park participates in precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety. I am still hoping that someday soon, we will be back to normal.

    August 5, 2020 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Yeah Lifestyle

    Chessington World of Adventures does look super interesting place to go with kids. I wish we lived closer so we can check this out as a day trip especially since they are part of the Merlin Group.

    August 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Niraj Shah

    It is great that they have out measures in place to ensure safety! Its always a good day out with the kids

    August 7, 2020 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I was frustrated as a merlin pass holder that I had to pay extra to book tickets for an attraction, surely they could do it like the national trust via eventbrite to ensure numbers are limited.
    I felt uncomfortable on our visit as other visitors were not following the rules

    August 22, 2020 at 9:32 am
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