Situated next to the lake, at the furthest point of Legoland Windsor Resort, Jungle Coaster was a short-lived Wild Mouse coaster model from Mack Rides.
In 2003, rumours began to emerge that the park would receive a new attraction for young thrill seekers that would complement The Dragon. Due to the popularity of X-treme Racers at Legoland Billund, it was an obvious choice to install the same ride model at the British park too.
Initially two themes were considered, with the first being based on Lego’s Drome Racers brand. However, as the coaster would be situated next to Adventure Land, it was eventually decided to integrate the new ride into the area with a generic jungle theme, which was more sympathetic to the attractions nearby.
The concept art for Jungle Coaster is quite detailed, and although the majority of the plans came to fruition, there are a few elements such as the timber walkway and vast amount of palm trees which didn’t feature in the final product.
A common element in both concepts was the large structure that the trains would pass through at the base of the first drop. In the Drome Racers version, the structure was a contemporary looking tunnel, constructed from metal and rock work with various portholes and grills.
The final tunnel design for Jungle Coaster was named the ‘Anger of Tllaloc’ – a temple structure with cascading waterfalls either side of a large effigy, along with interactive elements where guests could use voice synthesisers and set off water bombs to ‘arouse the anger of Tllaloc’. Other theming features in the area included various Lego models of exotic creatures, imposing painted murals, tropical shrubbery and the coaster trains designed to imitate the look of vehicles featured in the Lego Racers brand.
Land clearing and construction for the attraction started in late 2003, with the ride being built over the winter ready for the new season. Follow the progress of construction in our gallery below.