Hundreds of Penguins Descend on Chessington

Hundreds of kids and adults gathered at Chessington World of Adventures Resort to be part of the penguin pack as they attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people dressed as penguins. Penguin history has been made this weekend as Chessington smashed the world record (XX), beating the original record of 373.


Congregating at the Africa Live stage XXX families were joined by TV personality and celebrity mum, Michelle Heaton, her daughter, Faith, and her mum, XXX, for a very special Mother's Day. Michelle helped recruit guests at the resort to take part in the world record where she was joined by the famous penguin characters from the Penguins of Madagascar Live! Operation Cheezy Dibbles show. Michelle even learnt how to Penguin Shake and led the crowd in a mass dance.


Michelle said, "Chessington World of Adventures Resort is one of our favourite places to go to spend time together as a family, so being part of setting the world record at the Year of the Penguins launch is exciting and I'm pleased to see so many families getting involved and having a good time."


The impressive world record is to help launch Year of the Penguins, celebrating the collaboration with DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar and the Resort’s brand new penguin enclosure. The Resort has a huge offering this year that includes a new show Penguins of Madagascar Live! Operation Cheezy Dibbles, Penguin Bay - a brand new enclosure for the arrival of their new Humboldt Penguins and a new Penguins of Madagascar Mission: Treetop Hopper ride experience.










Chessington have also collaborated with DreamWorks to create two new Penguins of Madagascar themed bedrooms in the Chessington Safari Hotel, giving guests the chance to spend the night in a treetop hideout themed bedroom, ready to start their own top secret mission!


Tim Harrison-Jones, Divisional Director for Chessington World of Adventures Resort said, "This weekend has been a real success and we are so pleased to have broken the existing world record. Launching the Year of the Penguins has been an exciting project for all of the staff here and we are keen to hear what our loyal park-goers think of the new penguin experiences here at the Resort."


Penguins may be the talk of the town, but Chessington has so much more to offer. Continue the family adventure with a spin on KOBRA in the heart of Wild Asia, soar on Vampire in Transylvania, see giraffe, rhinos and flamingos on ZUFARI: Ride into Africa!, and try not to get soaked on Scorpion Express and Rameses Revenge! Meet the lions, tigers and gorillas in the Trail of the Kings, hiss with the snakes in Creepy Caves and get lost beneath the waves in the SEA LIFE centre, before letting your little monkeys play in the AMAZU Treetop Adventure.


For the best deals in 2015 book on for Early Bird tickets. With prices starting from just £26pp, individuals and families can save up to a whopping 43%. This discounted ticket has limited availability per day and is only available when purchased online at least 5 days before your visit. If we have sold out you can still buy our next best priced Early Bird ticket for just £31pp when booking online at least a day before you visit! Remember guests under 0.9m get in for FREE!


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*From price available on selected dates in 2015 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children aged under 12 years) staying in a Penguins of Madagascar themed bedroom at the Chessington Safari Hotel.

** This discounted ticket has limited availability per day and is only available when purchased online at least 5 days before your visit. Savings compared to the on-the-gate walk up ticket price.




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  • The Chessington World of Adventures Resort Theme Park opens on Wednesday 18th March – Tuesday 2nd November 2015. For more information on opening times and to book tickets please visit


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