Gardaland shows update on new dark ride Jumanji – The Adventure

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Artwork for the dark ride Jumanji – The Adventure (© Merlin Entertainment)

The Italian theme park Gardaland is currently working on the construction of the brand new dark ride Jumanji – The Adventure. The ride was announced back in September and is scheduled to open in 2022. This new adventure replaces the interactive dark ride Ramses: Il Risveglio, which closed before the start of the 2021 season. Today, Gardaland published a new video showing the progress on one of the ride’s animatronics, The Stone Giant.

This Stone Giant, or ‘Gigante di Pietra’ in Italian, will be the main antagonist of the ride. The video shows the development of the animatronic with short shots of both sketching and construction. Eventually, the moving head and hand of the giant are shown, filmed on the production site in Turkey. The pieces are designed and constructed by Futura Form, a division of Polin Group who is contracted by Gardaland to collaborate on Jumanji – The Adventure. The large animatronic head is almost 6,5 meters high and around 6 meters wide, with the hand rising 4 meters high and 3 meters wide.

So far, the development of Jumanji – The Adventure has largely been a mystery. Gardaland has so far given little details on the ride’s layout, although the park did announce their partnership with Futura Form in October. The new ride centers around the Jumanji movies, specifically the 2017 reboot; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its 2019 sequel; Jumanji: The Next Level.
What we do know about the storyline of the ride is that guests will be taken on an adventure through the Jungle of Jumanji, boarding a 4-person Jeep. Guests can expect to encounter animals, temples and, as shown today, even a stone giant! The main focus of the storyling will be for guests to return the Sacred Jewel to its shrine and save Jumanji.

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Skecthes for the animatronic of the Rock Giant (still from video © Gardaland)

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Development of the animatronic (still from video © Gardaland)

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Assembling the animatronic (still from video © Gardaland)

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The moving animatronic (still from video © Gardaland)