Board a cart for your journey into the Mexican mine…
|Theme Park||Chessington World of Adventures|
|Audience||Older Families and Thrillseekeers|
|Model||Wild Maus Classic|
|Max Speed||28 mph|
With Rattlesnake, Chessington took what would otherwise have been a standard Wild Mouse coaster and created something slightly more special.
The rollercoaster is well themed as a mine cart ride into a Mexican wild west mine, with various mining props and even some animatronic figures scattered around the ride. For sections of the ride, the mine carts dive into the timber framed mine buildings themselves.
Thanks to the constricting local planning restrictions, the 50ft high ride had to be built within a freshly excavated hole in the ground so it could not be seen outside the park. This has actually done it some favours, with the subterranean pit lending even more of a mining feel.
Unfortunately, these days the ride is rather jerky and rough. While wild mouse riders should expect the standard tight turns and sharp drops, Rattlesnake also has some very harsh block brakes around the course. The cars can pick up quite a bit of speed, so the sudden stops can easily catch unprepared riders off guard.
Aside from the brutal braking Rattlesnake is an example of Chessington’s creative heights of the 1990s, where rides were impeccably themed and challenges innovatively overcome.
Rattlesnake sits in Mexicana
Up high and exposed
Wild Mouse track
The track passes close to the queueline
A Rattlesnake car seen over the rooftops of Toytown
The rollercoaster seen from Peeking Heights