It's pretty rare for me to miss out on a trip to Chessington at the
start of every season (last year being an exception since it coincided
with Disneyland Paris).
This year was back to normal, visiting on the Sunday after opening.
It's not the start of the season without checking in
on the organist. As you can see from this photo, he's still
moving. Well, actually you can't see from the photo because
things in photos don't move. But if they did, he would. So
Rameses gets a re-theme as "Creature
Features" and is apparently open(??)
Margaret and Cherry take a spin on Dragon's Fury (now only allowing 2 adults per car
- I'm not that anti-social). The new rules should make for an interesting
ERS later in the year...
Dragon Falls is covered in scaffolding (real
scaffolding, not just the 2005 butchering of the rocks) and the lake
is drained. Cherry wondered whether it was open. ;-)
Rodeo is still there ... sort of.
Runaway Train is more there.
This sign is placed just before you board
Rattlesnake. Maybe it's just me, but would it not be more
appropriate sited outside the queueline?
Is this new? Don't remember a picnic area
behind the sealions last year. So this is the big new investment
Silly me! Here's the investment - the new hotel, a
luxurious pre-fab travelodge-esque place to lay down your credit card
at the end of a long day
What is it with Tussauds' southern parks not being
able to get everything ready for the start of the season? Oh
yeah, they're too busy planning hotels.
Chessington's gardeners obviously weren't distracted
by the hotel planning - the gardens are once again looking absolutely
fantastic (and for once, no, I'm not being sarcastic)
Old faithful herself! M & C seemed to
spend most of the time after the ride talking about the effects of it
on my bottom. Who knows? I didn't like to ask.
Lets 'see what theyve got in the Che's'sington s'hop
thi's year - apostrophe's in abundance by the look's of it
What of mine has to be less than 18 to pass?
Grumbles aside, Chessington remains a great park. Sure,
others have better rides, better shows, better toilets, but
Chessington holds on to its magic. Park-wise, 2007 will be a
quiet season without any major new attractions to bring in the
punters. Will the hotel pull them in instead or will the park
have to invite the Apostrophe
Protection Society along to fill it up?