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March 17, 2022, 12:57 PM · The new Jumanji dark ride that opens next month in Italy will not be a one-off. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Merlin Entertainments announced today that they have completed a deal for Merlin to develop and install an undisclosed number of Jumanji-themed attractions at its theme parks and water parks in Europe and North America.

Jumanji The Adventure will open April 2 at Italy's Gardaland theme park. Designed by Merlin Magic Making, the ride will feature multi-motion ride vehicles by Oceaneering, media effects by Framestore, as well as a massive, 21-foot-tall Stone Giant animatronic by Futuraform. You can learn more about the ride in our previous post, World's First Jumanji Theme Park Ride to Open in April.

Merlin revealed today that a second installation of the ride will open in 2023 at a park to be named later. Gardaland also will open Jumanji-themed hotel bedrooms along with the ride's debut.

Jumanji hotel room,
Jumanji-themed hotel bedroom. Image courtesy Merlin

"Merlin is the ideal company to bring the world of Jumanji to life," Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment Jeffrey Godsick said. "Their commitment to strong storytelling, quality of craftsmanship and fantastic guest experiences ensure that fans of Jumanji will be fully immersed into the worlds of our films and have an unforgettable experience. I am very pleased to expand our relationship with the great team at Merlin."

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Replies (11)

March 17, 2022 at 2:29 PM

Scratching my head on the room design

March 17, 2022 at 2:58 PM

Yeah, it looks like the "jungle suite" at a cheap motel in the Poconos.
T-A-C-K-Y!!

March 17, 2022 at 6:37 PM

Of all the properties to do a half baked starcruiser rippoff.... Jumunji?

March 17, 2022 at 10:09 PM

This is no different than the Despicable Me or Jurassic World-themed rooms that Universal Orlando has done, really. Or pretty much any room in any Legoland hotel, which is probably the more appropriate comparison, given that they're also Merlin properties.

March 18, 2022 at 4:51 AM

Having stayed at Disney hotels at Paris (more than 1 of their hotels) this isn't that much worse than some of theirs... there is more effort here than the Santa Fe hotel rooms

March 18, 2022 at 4:55 AM

The second installation might be at chessington:
"Kingston Council gave the proposals the green light on Friday after more than two months of delay from the original decision due date of 8 November.

In what has been dubbed ‘Project Amazon’, a new jungle-themed area will be centred around a boomerang-style shuttle rollercoaster."

from riderater.co.uk

March 18, 2022 at 8:22 AM

That room would so easily trigger a hypnagogic hallucination within me.

March 18, 2022 at 1:47 PM

I get the idea of themed rooms, I just think it varies depending how much you love the theme. A little Mickey wallpaper is fine but me, not a huge plastic Mickey head covering half the wall but some do like themes like that.

March 18, 2022 at 3:43 PM

That hotel room is so different. For a few nights stay that is cool with me. It is a bit "extra" but given the option between this and a regular room, I'd go with this! As for the ride itself, Im glad some effort is being shown to themed rides outside of Disney and Universal.

March 20, 2022 at 9:50 AM

@emanymton If it does go into Chessington, then we shouldn’t expect it to be anything that special. Rides in that park aren’t really known for their ‘wow’ factor.

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