Merlin Entertainments signs Jumanji deal

Jumanji, Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment to exclusively launch Jumanji-themed attractions internationally.

The fantasy franchise was launched in 1995 as a Robin Williams film, but has been re-booted in recent years and now stars Dwayne Johnson.

The deal between Merlin and Sony covers Europe as well as North America. It includes attractions, rides, lands, retail outlets and themed hotel rooms.

Following earlier reports, today’s announcement confirms that Chessington World of Adventures’ new rollercoaster will be Jumanji-themed.

The boomerang, or shuttle-style, ride will open in March 2023 a part of a new themed area at the Surrey theme park.