The ride line up at Chessington is respectable. Top of
the pyramid is Dragon's fury. It's a great coaster for family thrill
seekers, and offers enough fun and thrills to mean that older groups
will still find it a top ride. After Dragon's Fury there is a good
family coaster line up with the likes of The Vampire and The
Rattlesnake, and the roller coaster style Kobra. There are also the two dark rides I've already
mentioned along with the Tomb Blaster.
The theming of the
park does deserve a mention. It's something I find I sometimes
overlook, but the theming of the park as a whole is of an excellent
quality, on a good scale and does a great job of enhancing the
experience of riding individual rides, in terms of effort gone in to
the theming it is one of the best parks in the U.K.
Back to the
subject of the park stalling. I think I got this feeling because the
lack of excitement from a new attraction has put emphasis
on a problem this park has. I wouldn't say it's a major one, it
probably wouldn't even be an issue at a smaller park, but I think it
does stop Chessington, a park billed and priced as one of the U.K.'s
top family attractions achieving it's full potential. The trouble is
that the ride line up is a pretty standard affair. If you take away
Dragon's Fury, The Vampire and the dark rides your left with a
collection of rides that are pretty standard fare. Yes they are all
good and well themed examples of each particular ride, but it's a
ride line up that is replicated at a lot of other family parks.
Really Chessington needs one or two more unique and memorable rides
in it's line up to solidify it's status as a great family park.
Currently there are a lot of other family attractions that are
almost as good as Chessington, but offer this at a cheaper price,
and tend to be quieter than Chessington.
You may get the
impression from that last paragraph that I wouldn't recommend
Chessington. I think that would be going a bit far. Chessington is a
very nice family attraction and I would say is worth a visit. I
would put one proviso on this recommendation. When we went we had a
deal on the tickets which meant it cost us less than £20.00 per
adult to get in. There
are a lot of deals and vouchers like this available and I would only
recommend a visit if you get a deal like this before you visit. If
you don't have a deal like this then I feel the current asking price
of around £40.00 an adult is too much, especially when you compare
it to a lot of other family parks. Overall it's a good
park I'd recommend, but make sure you get some money of vouchers
before you visit.