Croc Drop Construction began over the 2019 closed season. Due to the stormy nature of the world in early 2020, construction slowed down, but things were rapidly caught up and Chessington got back on track.
On August 21st 2019, Chessington World of Adventures submitted a planning application to the local planning authority. The plans detailed that the park was keen to renew the park’s ride line up by removing Rameses Revenge. The planning application outlined the following as part of the application process;
Removal of ‘Rameses Revenge’ attraction and relocation of the existing Flying Jumbos ride, and development of a new drop tower attraction including new queuing walkways, new entrance portal, theming, associated hard and soft landscaping and incidental works– Planning Documents
Plans indicated a targeted opening of 2021. This is due to the fact that a few things must happen before this is possible. The Flying Jumbos will take flight once more. Planned to take up a new home behind the Adventure Point Gift Shop as part of the enabling works.
The plans detailed the drop tower would be 25m in height and seat 16 passengers. The ride will then lift riders to the top of the tower before releasing guests to freefall down the tower. Set to feature heavy Crocodile Head theming. Thought to be linked to the Egyptian deity, Sobek. The ride looks set to be a true spectacle and a worthy replacement for Rameses Revenge.
Following a slightly delayed construction period, the team at Chessington turned things around. With Croc Drop construction completed ahead of the 2021 season. The ride opened to great fanfare and cemented itself as a fantastic new addition to Chessington.
December 19th 2020
In what will likely be our final update of the year, we’ve decided to go out with a bang! Here we have our biggest update to date! Huge progress has been made on the site of the new for 2021 attraction, Croc Drop. Please be aware that all of the following photo’s were taken from publicly accessible locations at the park whilst following all of the park’s rules.
Croc Drop Ride Hardware Arrives
It has arrived! In one of the most exciting parts of our update, we can reveal that the ride hardware has arrived. Now confirmed to be constructed by SBF Visa from Italy, the ride system is thought to be a Drop’n’Twist tower ride. The structure is currently situated at the park, with the base of the tower, with the gondola attached already thought to have been moved into the resort ahead of being craned into position.
The remaining tower pieces, the seats as well as the majority of the rides mechanical plant equipment is also on site and is being stored prior to being moved into position in the park, when the ride system goes vertical.
Croc Drop Theming Work Continues
Over in the park, the main theming feature of the attraction, the Crocodile head itself looks to be nearing completion, with small sections of the head requiring paintwork. The construction walls are also down, giving us a great look at the highly detailed entrance, as well as the doors into the rides building. The paintwork on the walls is highly detailed and two crocodiles adorn each side of the entrance.
Work is progressing well on landscaping around the ride, with a themed fence starting to take shape also. The fence features vertical panels and even includes what we believe to be laser cut glyphs in the panels, a change from Chessington’s more typical wooden queue-line fences. Two TV’s have also been installed in the area which we believe a bulk of the ride’s queue will be installed. With the entrance to the ride due to be through the former Pharaoh’s Bazaar shop.
Things are all coming together at Chessington, with huge progress on Croc Drop. We’re excited to hopefully see the ride vertical in the New Year and are looking forward to providing more updates in the coming months. Until then, stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.
December 5th 2020
We’re back at the park for another update and this is a huge one! The crocodile theming has really taken shape over the last few weeks and has risen high into the sky. The theming has reached its full height on both sides and work is continuing on the thematic painting and styling. The teeth have been put into place and more work has taken place painting the main building around the edges.
Construction walls are down in a few places, the tree’s formally in front of the site have been removed and the surrounding area has been tidied up. Progress has been made all around the attraction, although the actual ride system is yet to arrive, we believe it will arrive in January and are led to believe that work on the attraction is a few weeks ahead of schedule!
We cannot wait to see how the ride looks when it’s installed. It is currently unknown what colour scheme the ride will have and we are excited to see more!
November 1st 2020
It’s time for one more update prior to the UK’s second lockdown. This update shows off lots more progress, with the Crocodile head taking shape more, new paintwork on the building going in and an awesome logo-esque motif over the entrance into the rides show building.
The rides theming is really taking shape, but the ride hardware is yet to make an appearance. Little is known about when the tower itself will arrive, but we look forward to following the progress of the ride more when the park reopens for it’s annual “Winters Tail” event.
October 17th 2020
With each and every visit we make, we are surprised by how rapid things are moving along! The team at Koda Creative have started to install the themed crocodile head. Made out of polystyrene and painted, the sections have been joined together and we expect them to be coated in concrete and painted. Giving them a more permanent and striking look. The colours of the theming are darker than expected, but we cannot wait to see this rise more and more over the coming weeks!
October 1st 2020
Here we go with another huge update on the site of Croc Drop! With new theming work taking place all over the site! We can finally see the themed exterior taking shape. The building is taking shape, with fantastic attention to detail and work progressing well on the theming work. The site surrounding still looks very bare and temporary, with more landscaping work expected to take place soon. Things are really going well and we cannot wait to return soon!
August 20th 2020
Once again, it’s time for another update and once again, huge progress is being made. Blockwork walls around the structure have gone in, giving us a better idea of where things will sit. You can see that there are small rooms set off into the corners of the building. These are likely to hold the plant rooms for the tower, as well as the operating cabin.
As with our previous update, it still appears that work on the actual theming structure and ride building is happening first, with it likely that the tower of the ride will be craned in at a later date. Work is progressing fast and we cannot wait to return to see what else has changed.
August 15th 2020
We’re back on park again for another new update. Croc Drop’s surrounding theming structure seems to be going well. The framework for the rides platform and operating building is in and work has commenced on adding the roof. The surrounding area of the site is clear and level now, with no other real changes happening. The majority of the work is focussed on getting the theming structure in place.
August 10th 2020
With another update provided by our friend, we now have even more steel vertical! The structure allows us to see where the tower for the ride will sit in the centre. Giving us an insight into how big this theming will be. The final size should be about another two thirds taller. Exciting times await!
August 4th 2020
In an image sent to us by one of our friends, we can now reveal that Croc Drop is rising. Steel work for the rides external theming structure and shelter have gone up. This is huge progress over the last two days, with large amounts of steel framing in place already!
August 2nd 2020
Just a few days since our last update and it would appear huge progress has been made again! Foundation work now looks to be complete and work on levelling the site seems finished. The site appears higher up than we thought it would be based upon the plans, but this should help with wheelchair access for guests. The Egyptian pillar is still standing and the back of the site looks clear ready for the ride to go vertical! Exciting times ahead!
July 27th 2020
Lots of progress has been made since our last update, with work moving quickly. A concrete slab has been poured and wooden sidings have been installed for the walls to be poured of concrete too. Some parts of the wall have already been poured, with wet concrete seen in the photos below.
The former Flying Jumbo’s area has been levelled to allow for access to the Drop Towers site. With tree’s and fences removed also. Although we don’t believe the actual tower has been delivered yet, work on the groundworks are going at an incredibly fast pace and we cannot wait to see the tower rise.
July 4th 2020
Construction over the last week has progressed really well. Rebar foundation beds have been put into place, with wooden boards around the side before pouring of concrete commences. Also, in place is a hexagonal shaped section thought to be the position of the supporting bolts for the tower itself.
June 25th 2020
More progress is being made on levelling the site. Areas have been cleared out and the access area at the back is more trimmed with a few tree’s cut back to aid access. Work is certainly progressing quickly on preparing the ground for foundations.
June 20th 2020
Now that Chessington has reopened following its mandatory closure, we get a glimpse at the progress being made on site. Huge progress has been made with the site completely cleared out and levelled. A new site office building has been set up on the former site of Flying Jumbo’s and work is moving rapidly.
The former operating cabin has been completely removed and a concrete pillar of sorts has been installed in the ground. The former Rameses Revenge ‘pit’ seems to be less of a pit than it used to be with the ground seeming higher than it was previously.
March 19th 2020
Not much has changed on site, but Chessington has opened for the season officially. It appears a few tree’s have been cut down and areas tidied up, but no other major changes are noted.
March 15th 2020
Rameses Revenge has officially left the resort. The ride has been fully packed away and sent off on lorries to an unknown location. Has it been sold? Is it to be scrapped? No one really knows.
A full construction wall has been placed up around the site ready for the park to reopen. The ride control systems which were formally housed in the op cabin have been removed, alongside the roof.
February 16th 2021
Chessington World of Adventures Resort has today officially unveiled their new 2021 ride, Croc Drop. Set to open when the park is allowed to reopen later this year. The new Croc Drop ride is a Drop Tower attraction built by Italian Manufacturer, SBF Rides. Located as part of the Forbidden Kingdom area of the park. The new attraction is a replacement for the parks former Rameses Revenge ride.
Set to ‘drop’ in spring, those daring will plunge 25m into the giant jaws of a crocodile, Sobek, the ancient Egyptian Crocodile God and protector of the Nile, who has been possessed by evil spirits, transforming him into a cruel deity. With the once fertile Nile laying stagnant, riders must take part in a ceremony to banish the evil spirits from Sobek, plunging into the crocodile’s soul and freeing the waters back into the Nile.- Chessington World of Adventures
October 10th 2020
These glyphs, matched with those from the Chessington logo, give us the letters “OC”. Joining with the previous glyphs, we’ve officially confirmed “CROC”.
October 9th 2020
Another clue has been posted, leading us once again to another location in London. In this instance, we’re heading to Cleopatra’s Needle.
October 3rd 2020
Two hieroglyphs have been revealed, could they lead us towards confirming the highly believed Croc Drop name? We firmly believe these glyphs represent “CR”.
October 2nd 2020
A small clue has been posted on the park’s social media channels. Teasing that a perhaps the official name of the ride could be teased at the location detailed in the riddle. Nile Street, London.
September 29th 2020
In a fun press stunt, the park has changed their logo and have replaced the signage at the Chessington South train station. Featuring a new hieroglyph styled font, the signs and logo have been replaced to add to the Egyptian story of the new ride.
September 28th 2020
Sobek! It has been revealed that the new attraction is based on the Egyptian deity Sobek. The Egyptian king of the Nile and those Crocodiles that live within.
September 25th 2020
In a new update from Viv, she has discovered a new mysterious retile carving on the site of the new for 2021 attraction!
September 18th 2020
Meet Vivienne Crocker, Chessington’s new head archaeologist. She features as the star of a new mini-video series, revealing more details about the new attraction, Croc Drop.
July 27th 2020
New teaser artwork boards have been installed around the ride’s construction wall. Teasing that the park is installing a “Jaw Dropping New Ride for 2021”. The two other boards show some hieroglyphs. One of them is of an Egyptian figure, Sobek. Sobek was the Egyptian deity associated with the Nile Crocodile. The other is thought to be a crocodile’s eye. Tying in with the Sobek and Forbidden Kingdom theme of the new ride.
July 14th 2020
Teasing for the new attraction has begun. Chessington simply posted the image below onto their social media channels. It will be interesting to see this develop over the coming months.