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KOBRA at Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures has opened its new land, Wild Asia, featuring themed wildlife exhibits and a new thrill ride - KOBRA.

The new area opened along with the rest of the park for the 2010 season on Saturday, March 27. Replacing the former Beanoland, it is themed around an "ancient and mythical Asian land". Though its headline attraction is KOBRA (a themed Zamperla Disk'O Coaster), it also features a new aviary and a host of rethemed minor attractions.

The second Disk'O Coaster in the UK (after The Edge at Paulton's Park), KOBRA sees riders seated around a circular ride car which travels along 90m of track. Hitting a top speed of 43mph, the car spins throughout and gives riders some "airtime" when it travels over a camel back hill. The ride derives its name from the two large cobra statues at either end of its track.

Wild Asia's other major new addition is the Lorikeet Lagoon aviary, a walkthrough exhibit featuring 70 rainbow lorikeets. Guests are able to hand-feed the parrots with nectar as part of an interactive experience.

The area's other rides are all updated versions of existing attractions from Beanoland. These include the Jungle Bus (previously Bash Street Bus), the Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems (previously Roger the Dodger's Dodgems) and the Temple of Mayhem (previously Dennis' Madhouse).

In line with other parks owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, Chessington has taken some unusual steps to market its latest additions. As well as trialing sales of dried insect snacks, the park also offered snake massages from a royal python to guests at its grand opening of Wild Asia.

Visitors to Chessington and Merlin's other UK parks (including Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor) can currently benefit from a range of 2-for-1 and half-price ticket offers. Check TPT's Special Offer Watch for full details.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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