'Jumanji' Gets Its First Theme Park Ride

September 27, 2021, 9:32 PM · Sony Pictures has licensed its Jumanji franchise for its first theme park attraction. Jumanji – The Adventure is set to open next year at Italy's Gardaland.

The park said that Jumanji – the Adventure will be a dark ride "for adventure lovers of all ages."

"The team at Gardaland are top notch creatives and storytellers who have designed an immersive experience that expands on the world created by the films," Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment Jeffrey Godsick said. "Adding many new elements, fans will be transported far beyond their imagination, deep into the jungles of Jumanji."

Jumanji – the Adventure
Image courtesy Gardaland

“The global importance of the Jumanji brand will surely contribute to further reinforcing Gardaland Resort’s reputation as a top tourist destination in Europe and place it among the market leaders for fun attractions," Gardaland CEO Aldo Maria Vigevani said. "Synonymous with adventure, fantasy, fun, action, play and imagination, 'Jumanji' blends seamlessly with Gardaland's founding values."

Jumanji – the Adventure will open at the beginning of the 2022 season.

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Replies (6)

September 28, 2021 at 12:24 PM

Trivia: This now extends Dwayne Johnson franchises to include Universal (Fast & Furious), Disney (Jungle Cruise) and now independent Merlin theme parks.

September 28, 2021 at 12:13 AM

Gardaland is owned by Merlin!

And while they don't have a track record of cloning rides across their parks, I could see this fitting in nicely at Chessington. A little out of their usual budget perhaps, but Jumanji would be a good property to counter the opening of the London Resort.

September 28, 2021 at 8:32 AM

Obviously this looks a lot like The Animal Kingdome Dinosaur time rover.

September 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Did Robin Williams ever sneak his way into a Universal attraction?

September 28, 2021 at 9:44 AM

Hahaha That's Funny Jacob.

Most probably don't remember the Original movie...

September 29, 2021 at 2:51 PM

Gardaland objectively lists with me as a park on the edge of a 'naked' Iron Rides park (60%?), and a decorated Rides park (30%?)
In no way a real (storytelling) theme park. The remaining 10% attempt into storytelling, is quite a failing marketing hunt.
Apart from the few dark rides there are, they are not even fitted in with some sort of theme-enhancing environment.
So, I'm sorry. NO 'theme park hype' around Gardaland, please.
The park DOES present a nice visual environment to the visitors, and that's worth a lot for visitors appreciation, but emersive theme park ???? NO WAY !!

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