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The Burnt Stub site was rebuilt as an inn, until the 18th century, when the Vere Barker family rebuilt it in neo-gothic Victorian style.The park was built on a relatively small budget of around £12 million, to test the still-emerging theme park market.2000 saw Beanoland open on the former site of Circus World, bringing two new rides to the park: Billy's Whizzer and Rodger the Dodger's Dodgems.On , The Tussauds Group was taken over by Merlin Entertainments Ltd, which owns other brands such as Sea Life Centres.As of 2015, Chessington operates four annual continuing events; African Adventures, Roar & Explore, Howl'o'ween, and Winter's Tail.
Smuggler’s Galleon (a swinging ride) reached heights of 20 meters; it was later renamed Black Buccaneer.
On an evening in June, Chessington Zoo opens late for the Chessington Roar & Explore conservation event.
The evening involves speeches and information about the charity work the Chessington Conservation Fund is involved in, as well as presentations of some of the Zoo's endangered species. opens late for the event, and all revenue goes towards the fund.
For the week Chessington Zoo opens with African artwork and culture workshops.
For the event, African tribal dancers and street explorers can be found roaming and interacting with guests.