A group of people standing in front of a stuffed animal

It’s Pandamonium at Chessington World of Adventures

March 25, 2016

Last Friday, the Boo Roo and Tigger Too household were in for a special treat. We have been invited to Chessington World of Adventures to get a sneak peek at their all new Smokehouse BBQ Grill restaurant and Pandamonium show.

We arrived at the Chessington Hotel late afternoon just before the main park closed for the day. After checking into our room we headed back down to the lobby where a number of activities had been laid on for us all. The children were treated to face painting and activities. Whilst the adults were treated to cocktails and the opportunity to catch up with other bloggers and their families who were also there for the event.

(Big wave to Emmys Mummy, An Organised Mess and Family Four Fun – all who were more interested in meeting Piglet for the first time that than seeing me)

Heading into the park as all the visitors who had been there during the day was a little strange but did make us feel a little special that we were about to be the only ones in the park. Our first stop was heading over to the Smokehouse BBQ Grill restaurant…

Smokehouse BBQ Grill

A brick building

We were welcomed into the new Smokehouse BBQ Grill for a taster session of all their new menu. Walking into the restaurant is has that American feel to it with a range of seating options to suit everyone. A tasting menu had been laid on for us to get a feel for the food served in the restaurant. With a selection of pulled pork, macaroni cheese, tangy coleslaw and potato salad.

The restaurant is somewhere that you’d go to enjoy a meal rather than just a quick bite to eat whilst you are out and about in the park. With a bar also available in the restaurant, it will certainly be packed to the rafters in the summer and will make a great place to enjoy with family and friends.

It’s Pandamonium at Chessington World of Adventures

Leaving the Smokehouse BBQ Grill we walked the short journey down the hill to the new Pandamonium stage. The Pandamonium show officially launches today (25th March), however, we were lucky enough to get a preview of the show. Having previously visited the Penguins of Madagascar live show I was expecting a lot of noise and flashing lights – the Pandamonium show is so very different. The relaxed atmosphere, the gentle voices of the ‘Explorers’ who introduce the Pandas on stage really makes a calm show. 

A panda bear sitting in front of a building, with Chessington

The children were invited to learn how to do a Panda bow which a  way of showing respect to the Pandas, it was so cute to see all the children stand up and want to learn how to bow for the Pandas. With Panda bows practised it was time to have their photos taken with the Pandas, which both Roo and Tigger really enjoyed.

A group of people standing in front of a stuffed animal

Trail of the Kings

Before heading back to the hotel for dinner we were invited to take a walk around the recently redeveloped Trail of the Kings.

A house that has a sign on the side of a building

Walking around the children were treated to close-up views of the animals with the added fun of trying to find the hidden treasure around the trail. This is a must-see attraction for all animal lovers as well as those wanting to slow the pace fo the day down a little. Leisurely walking through the trail, taking in the views of the different animals as well as the statues and decorative features included.

A statue of a bear sitting on top of a wooden fence

We had a really fun evening at Chessington World of Adventures and will be back later in the year to see the full Pandamonium show.

Disclosure: We were invited to a press launch of the Pandamonium show, receiving hotel and park entry FOC

  • Plutonium Sox March 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Oh this looks excellent, it’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit so it would be great to do it while the show is on!

  • Sabina Green March 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time, we haven’t been to Chessington fir about four years now but we definitely plan to go back as it was a great day and we loved the Madagascar show. All the talk of food is making me hungry

  • Pinkoddy March 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I am very jealous. We are thinking of going tomorrow (kids going to sleep at some point tonight dependent). I am glad there is somewhere new to eat as my boys weren’t keen on the fast food style previously offered so this sounds just the ticket.

    I forgot that I haven’t even meet Piglet – she must be getting so big already!

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