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Ben 10: Ultimate Mission at Drayton ManorSubmitted by rob_lee on Sunday, June 03, 2012 20:47
Opened just in time for the 2011 Easter weekend, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission sees guests joining hero Ben Tennyson as he takes on his arch-enemy Vilgax. The storyline is told through an elaborate queue line, which snakes around the inside of a building.
Ben 10: Ultimate Mission is the first Vekoma Junior Boomerang rollercoaster in the world, adapting the well-established Boomerang design to suit a younger audience. While it does not feature any inversions, it retains the basic "out-and-back" layout that inspired the Boomerang's name.
The ride features a 65-feet-tall first lift hill, which the train is pulled up in reverse. It then traverses the circuit once in a forwards direction, before completing a return facing backwards. The relatively short 590 feet (180 metre) circuit features one large banked turn and a helix, with the coaster hitting a maximum speed of 34 miles per hour.Review:
The addition of Ben 10: Ultimate Mission looks to have been a wise choice by Drayton Manor, helping to keep families heading to the park when their kids grow out of the Thomas Land area. Although the coaster itself will be a little tame for many parents, it is still an entertaining ride and offers real thrills for younger kids.
As huge fans of strongly themed experiences, we're delighted that Drayton Manor opted to focus real effort on the queue area for its new ride. However, we can't help wishing it had followed this through onto the attraction itself. We're not sure an outdoor coaster is the best fit for the Ben 10 license - an indoor version, or even a laser shoot-em-up ride, may have been a better choice. Of course, budget limitations may have prevented either alternative, and the end result is much better than simply dumping a new coaster onto a patch of grass, as is often the case with such rides.
For kids, a ride on Ben 10: Ultimate Mission is an essential part of any visit to Drayton Manor, while skeptical adults should give it a look later in the day when the queues have dropped off. Its short length means it can't be considered a classic, but overall it is a strong addition to the park's increasingly impressive line-up.Top Tip:
Sit at the back to get the best views from the top of the lift hill and the most exciting rid experience.
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Latest news on Ben 10: Ultimate Mission:
Drayton Manor plans further licensed attractions following success of Ben 10: Ultimate Mission
Thursday, July 21, 2011 19:51
Drayton Manor has praised the impact of attractions based on licensed characters, hailing its new Ben 10: Ultimate Mission rollercoaster as an immediate success.
Video, photos - Ben 10: Ultimate Mission rollercoaster opens at Drayton Manor
Monday, April 25, 2011 11:35
Drayton Manor has opened Ben 10: Ultimate Mission, the first rollercoaster in Europe to be based on the popular Cartoon Network show.
Drayton Manor reveals opening date for Ben 10: Ultimate Mission rollercoaster as April 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 08:40
Drayton Manor has confirmed the opening date for its new rollercoaster, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission, as Saturday, April 23, 2011.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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