In September 2019, Chessington submitted plans to install a new Egyptian themed drop tower ride to replace Rameses Revenge. The central theming feature will be a wide open-mouthed crocodile head, situated around the tower to make it appear that guests are plummeting into the crocodile’s open mouth. It is expected that the attraction will be called ‘Croc Drop’ following the submission of a UK trademark application by Merlin Attractions Operations Limited in July 2020.
Rising from the newly poured concrete foundation is the steel structure that will surround the drop tower. On the side, a breeze block wall is being formed to enclose the building, with the queue line entrance now visible at the front. Inside the new building, sectioned off rooms have been created which we assume will house the ride computers and operator’s console.
The remaining parts of Rameses Revenge have been removed, and a large concrete foundation poured for the drop tower ride structure in the middle of the site. Anchor bolts can be seen which will secure the surrounding building to the ground. Behind this area, the remaining queue line for the relocated Flying Jumbo’s has been removed, and the area flattened. A construction site office is now situated at the rear of the site, next to the path which leads to Zufari. B&E Services, who have completed previous projects for Merlin, appear to be constructing the ride.
The Rameses Revenge ride structure has been removed over the 2019/20 closed season, leaving only the sign which stood behind the ride, and remains of the control booth and fountain pond. With the site already surrounded by construction walls, development will progress over the course of the 2020 season.
The development was first revealed in plans submitted by Chessington in September 2019. These showed that the new drop tower, standing at an overall height of 25.6m, would be a direct replacement for Rameses Revenge. The key theming feature was shown to be a 12.1m tall and 12.5m wide open-mouthed crocodile head, situated around the tower to make it appear that guests are plummeting into the crocodile’s open mouth as the 16-seat gondola drops.
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