This weekend, Chessington World of Adventures Resort invited the media and celebrities to a special preview of the Resort’s new addition for 2018 – Land of the Tiger. Promising an update to the Resort’s popular log flume, as well as the arrival of four new Amur Tigers, SouthParks attended the preview for a first look at Land of the Tiger.
One of the most anticipated elements of the new area is the re-theme of popular log flume Dragon Falls to become Tiger Rock. With its striking tiger rockwork theming surrounding the main drop, Tiger Rock is now once again a prominent feature of the area. The entrance plaza area has been updated and whilst it retains its oriental theme, it now has a much more detailed theme to that of a Chinese fireworks festival and includes several detailed elements of theming. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of the attraction’s transformation is the ride station. The station is totally transformed from its previous incarnation as Dragon Falls, now having a stunning feature wall which has a tiger scene in silhouette backlit by feature lighting with a show sequence running every 5 minutes. As guests leave the station they pass underneath a tiger head which features projection mapped effects to represent the spirit of the tiger. Throughout the ride there is a range of new audio accompanying riders’ as they make their way round. The tunnel has also received a transformation with a range of effects being added to the interior (we won’t give too much detail so as not to spoil the surprise), although it is sad to see the loss of the colourful dragon exterior with the outside now a plain grey, something which somehow doesn’t quite fit with the colour of the rest of the area. Effects have also been added to the main drop – as guests descend through the mouth of the tiger rockwork, smoke and mist effects are triggered adding an extra element to what was previously a straightforward drop. Overall Tiger Rock is a vast improvement on its predecessor, Dragon Falls, and is an attraction which will be able to be enjoyed by a wide range of guests.