Ever wanted to be admired for hours on end every day? Now you can, because Chessington World of Adventures Resort is recruiting people to become their new pandas. In a UK first, the Resort is launching a brand new live show with a difference; by introducing a family of life-like animatronic pandas to the park. Those who applied to become the Resorts new bear-iffic stars were put through their panda-paces in an official Panda Immersion Workshop, held at the Resort.


As part of the new Pandamonium show launching this March, those who applied for the much-anticipated star roles, had their adventurous hearts put to the test by learning what it really takes to become everybody's favourite black and white bear!


To become the perfect panda, applicants were required to undertake a series of tasks:


  •   Dress to Impress: Wear bespoke panda onesies to get into the mindset of being a panda.
  • Colour Blind: View their surroundings in black and white like a panda would through the use of Google Cardboard headwear.
  • Slow and Steady: Learn how to move slowly as a panda would, through the methods of Tai Chi, whilst under the supervision of a martial arts expert.
  • Big Bites: Learn to embrace the notion of eating a high fibre diet with bamboo branch tasters.
  • Poo-dunnit?: Handle and become familiar with specially sourced panda poo in order to get used to the sight and smell.


Those involved applied for the un-bear-lieveably exciting position via various Chessington social media platforms. The ad requested applicants were, amongst other things, big eaters, naturally lazy and most of all wild at heart!


Steve Davies, Operations Director at the Resort said "We're extremely excited and proud to be the UK's first Theme Park to deliver this one of a kind live show. Our life-like animatronic pandas are set to allow families the chance to get up close and personal to these marvellous animals like no-where else in the UK! We wanted to make sure those applying for the job really had what it takes to represent these amazing animals in the most realistic way possible. We're positive that the new star roles of the show will be amongst the best jobs in the world!


The new Pandamonium Live Show is set to launch at Chessington World of Adventures Resort on the 25th March and will play host to a family of bespoke life-like animatronic pandas which have been created and developed by special effects company Millenium FX.


As of the 19th February, peeking pandas have taken over in the run up to the Pandamonium Live show.


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Chessington World of Adventures Resort is open for half term (13th- 21st February 2016) with Animal Adventures Week. The Zoo, SEA LIFE centre and limited rides will be available during this time. Please check the website for further information on this event  

The Park will also open for Zoo Days at weekends in January - February 2016 and the full theme park will then open on selected days from Friday 18th March – Monday 31st October 2016, please check the website for availability. Pandamonium will launch on 25th March 2016.  For more information on opening times and to book tickets please visit

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