Trip Report - Bye Bye Bubbleworks

Photo of Bubbleworks Factory Sold Banner

On Tuesday 6th September myself along with throngs of other theme park nerds entered the gates of a certain world famous bubble factory to say Bye Bye Bubbleworks and take part in riding the legendary Bubbleworks ride on its very last day of operation.

It was a strange day, the atmosphere was filled with the similar excitement you'd usually find at the opening day of a big new ride, only this one was twinged with an underlying sadness. Yes, Bubbleworks purists (myself included) would argue that the ride had already left us more than a decade before, but I do think it's fair to say that the 2005 Imperial Leather retheme (boo! hiss!) didn't constitute quite enough of a change to tug at the heartstrings quite like this one will.

Photo of Chessington World of Adventures Entrance Sign

Photo of Bubbleworks Exterior and Queueline

Photo of Bubbleworks Entrance and Fangtasia Shop Sign


Photo of Bubbleworks Queueline Entrance Sign

Photo of Vampire Roller Coaster Burger Kitchen Flyby


Photo of Fangtasia Shop Sign and Vampire Roller Coaster Flyby

Photo of Bubbleworks Factory Posters

Photo of Bubbleworks Loading Platform and Station

Photo of Bubbleworks Loading Platform and Station



Photo of Bubbleworks Factory Scene

Photo of Bubbleworks Dunkin' Ducks


Photo of Bubbleworks Final Drop

Photo of Bubbleworks Fountain Scene

Photo of Bubbleworks Fountain Scene

Photo of Bubbleworks Fountain Scene

I've talked previously about my relationship with the ride, and for me it was a day filled with shared joy and enjoyment of such a beloved attraction. It actually warmed my heart a little to see such an outpouring of adoration for the old girl from the usually cynical UK theme park enthusiast community, proving just how much of an impact the ride has had for generation after generation.

Floating around the fountain room (a true example of UK theme park magic if there ever was one!) actually brought a tear to my eye and I was definitely left with a sense of this being the end of an era as I exited through the gift shop. I thought about what an iconic ride it was, and if the UK scene would ever see such a beloved and well-known non-coaster attraction again. I certainly hope so!

Photo of Chessington World of Adventures Wooden Sign

Photo of Dragon's Fury Roller Coaster Horse Shoe Element

Photo of Dragon's Fury Entrance Sign

Photo of Chessington World of Adventures Animatronic Dragon

Photo of Wild Asia Entrance Sign

Photo of Cobra Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Tuk Tuk Turmoil Sign

Photo of Monkey Swingers Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Dragon Tunnel Chessington World of Adventures

Photos of Giant Gold Buddha Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Dragon Falls Final Drop Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Peeking Heights Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Tomb Blaster Entrance Chessington World of Adventures

Photo of Vampire Organ Animatronic Chessington World of Adventures

We spent the rest of the day wandering around the park, riding our old favourites and just soaking in the odd atmosphere and paying our respects before the Bubbleworks factory doors closed for the very last time.

I excitedly anticipate whatever is coming to replace the Bubbleworks in 2017 and here's to many more years of enjoyment and memories!

Talk later xoxo


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