Earlier today family theme park Chessington World of Adventures faced a temporary blackout.
Reports from a source on location show that that Chessington and surrounding areas encountered a power-cut this morning. The incident meant park gates were closed for a substantial time, and backup generators used to provide basic services within the park’s two resort hotels.
Guests as an alternative have been offered a ticket renewal for the park, or an exchange visit to either Legoland or Thorpe Park, both owned by parent company Merlin Entertainments. The park reopened approximately at noon. Our source described the situation as of 2pm as busy, with “queues forming at quest services, which [are] closed”.
Chessington have commented;
We can confirm that prior to Resort opening at approximately 9:50am this morning Chessington and the surrounding area experienced a power cut due to a fault with underground cables. This was an incident outside of our control, but all internal safety procedures were followed and all staff and animals were well with no guests present on the Resort. Guests were provided with free tea and coffees within our Resort Hotels during the power outage. At 11:27am when the power returned the Resort began to re-open as normal, and guests were free to enter and enjoy their days. As a result of this delay in our opening the Resort will remain open until 6pm this evening.