Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Penguins of Madagascar at Chessington World of Adventures



If you read my earlier post you'll know that the Penguins of Madagasar movie is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.  To celebrate, Chessington has a whole host of penguin fun at the theme park as part of their 'Year of the Penguins' spectacular.

Re-live all the fun of the film with the Dreamworks live show Penguins of Madagascar - Operation Cheezy Dibbles; check out the new themed ride in the park; visit the new arrivals - a family of Humboldt penguins in their new enclosure and extend the penguin fun with a stay in the on-site hotel's brand new penguin themed rooms.

Live show:


An all-singing, all-dancing cast of characters from the film take to the stage in live shows at Chessington.  The energetic show will appeal to all ages and the compares do an excellent job of introducing it and teaching the audience how to do the penguin shuffle dance.

There's tonnes of special effects in the stage show, and the children were thrilled at the finale to be showered with 'cheezy dibbles' frantically scrambling around to collect up as much as they could.


The costumes are spectacular and, in line with the film plot, involve some changes and metamorphosis which were particularly clever.

The singing was worthy of a west-end production - particularly the character of Dave who camped it up spectacularly on stage.






The action is fast and furious and frankly quite bonkers and had the kids in fits of hysterics.  You can catch the stage show at Chessington at 11:30; 1pm (with character meet and greet); 2pm and 3:15pm.

Grab your seat early at the Africa stage area to get the best view.

New Penguin-themed ride:


Right next door to the stage area you'll find the new ride Treetop Hoppers. Pop straight over once the show has finished for some high-rise fun (height restrictions apply, minimum height 90cm).  This was a fairly gentle ride that our 7 year old went on her own.


"Young adventurers are invited to join the Penguins of Madagascar in their latest secret mission. Climb up the jungle trees by riding in Kowalski's latest wacky invention: The Treetop Hoppers and help to retrieve the Penguin's extremely valuable supply of Cheezy Dibbles"

Penguin Bay:


Brand new Penguin Bay has been completely refurbished for 2015.  Meet the Humboldt penguins in the deluxe penguin area, with extended viewing and covered seating.  Listen to the expert talks at 11:30 and 2:30pm and get up close and personal with the penguins.


Originally from Peru and Chile and the Pacific coast of South America, these adorable penguins feed on fish (anchovies are their favourite).  They mate for life and bring up their offspring together.

When we visited they were feeling a bit shy, but if you go over at feeding time you're sure to get a much more interactive experience.


New Penguin Themed Hotel Rooms:

The hotel at Chessington World of Adventures is a real treat and a great way to make the fun last longer.  The new extension means there's now effectively two hotels and brand new for this year are two exclusive penguin themed rooms.


We stayed in the hotel (a full review on that will follow) and can vouch for the excellent service, incredibly varied buffet breakfast selection and quality children's entertainment.

There's a movie zone area with comfy beanbags for the kids, evening disco, fabulous splash pool, access to the outdoor play area and smart TVs in the rooms.

Children have their own themed bedroom zone area with bunk beds, separate reading lights, a quiz trail to complete and unlock special prizes in the secret safe - and in the penguin rooms an X-Box and TV!


An overnight stay in one of the family penguin themed rooms is not cheap at £349 but it does give you loads of added benefits including free entry the following day to the park; a designated VIP parking space, fast-track wristbands for each person and access to the splash-zone and pool.

See the website for further information and booking.

If you have little penguin fans, then Chessington is definitely the place to be!

Disclosure: We attended a special event courtesy of Dreamworks and Chessington World of Adventures for the purposes of this review.


36 comments:

  1. oh wow what a place my lot would love this it looks great fun

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  2. What a lovely idea to have a penguin theme,Chessington is a lovely park to visit as there is fun for all ages.

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    1. I love all the tie ins with the film.

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  3. That looks brilliant fun what a great day out, I must take my girls there as they would love it :)

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  4. What an amazing place to visit! We love penguins so that would be right up our street.

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    1. Sounds perfect for you then Erica!

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  5. ahhhh that looks like great fun!! WIsh we stayed closed as I would take the kids

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  6. Who doesn't love a penguin :D I would love to visit this let alone any kids ;-)

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    1. Hehe - you could go just adults!

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  7. oh my goodness we have never been here .. it looks amazing .. we love the penguins :-)

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    1. We'd never been to Chessington before either! Would love to go again - preferably when it's not so cold!

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  8. that was such a crazy film that it doesn't surprise me that you describe the show as bonkers. Looks like such a fun plaace to visit, who doesn't love a cute penguin?

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    1. Hehe it is a crazy film isn't it? But Ruby's now watched it 3 times and she loves it!

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  9. Looks a lot of fun , love the rooms very colourful and fun

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    1. We stayed in a different room at the hotel, but the facilities were brilliant, especially fin for kids.

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  10. We have never been to chessington and are considering it for Easter week. We love Penguins though!

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    1. Oooh a long way from you Jen! But I think you'd enjoy it.

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  11. Such a great day out. I'd love to go there let alone my children. Never too old for Penguins of Madagascar.

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  12. This looks great fun, going to take the kids to Chessington before our Merlin passes run out

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  13. I could sit and watch the penguins all day long x

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  14. Wow - what an amazing show. My kids would love this. And the themed bedrooms would keep the kids so entertained.

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    1. Definitely loads for penguin fans this year!

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  15. Oh my three loved Chessington when we visited last year - looks like there's lots to return for!

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  16. This looks totally fab, my kids would LOVE it. I haven't been to Chessington since I was a kid, I think you've reminded a visit is needed.

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    1. This was our first time and we loved it.

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  17. Ooh this looks ace! My son has only just got into Madagascar but I think he would be super excited by this show. X

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    1. The live show was really excellent.

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  18. This looks like so much fun! I wish we lived closer! xx

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  19. What a lovely idea to have a penguin theme!!
    I Hired a cab in Kingston through Mogul Radio Cars and enjoy my journey.

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