Book char­ac­ters come alive at theme park

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Gruf­falo is to be let loose at United King­dom theme park Chess­ing­ton World of Ad­ven­tures.

As one of the best­loved chil­dren’s char­ac­ters, The Gruf­falo has now come to the Wild Wood at the at­trac­tion as part of The Gruf­falo River Ride Ad­ven­ture.

The ride — a world first — is based on the book writ­ten by Ju­lia Don­ald­son and il­lus­trated by Axel Scheffler and has been cre­ated in part­ner­ship with Magic Light Pic­tures.

Tim Har­ri­son-Jones, di­vi­sional di­rec­tor at Chess­ing­ton, said: “The story of The Gruf­falo has been at the heart of many child­hood mem­o­ries, and we’re sure Ad­ven­tur­ers, young and old, will be ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence the first ever Gruf­falo ride!”

Fam­i­lies are able to join Mouse on a pic­turesque river­boat jour­ney through the deep, dark wood when the ride opens on March 18. In ad­di­tion, there will be many other Gruf­falo-themed at­trac­tions across the re­sort, in­clud­ing four brand-new Gruf­falo-themed ho­tel rooms in the Chess­ing­ton Sa­fari Ho­tel; a brand-new Gruf­falo shop and Gruf­falo Bites food out­let, both of­fer­ing themed good­ies; and char­ac­ter meet and greets with the Gruf­falo him­self.

Chess­ing­ton has more than 40 rides and at­trac­tions in 10 themed lands and a zoo and sea life cen­tre with more than 1,000 an­i­mals.

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