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Drayton Manor has confirmed that its new Ben 10 rollercoaster won't open in time for the start of the 2011 season, but should be in operation by Easter.

The park is yet to reveal a firm opening date for the coaster, responding via its official Twitter account to a Theme Park Tourist inquiry by saying: "The Ben 10 coaster won't open until Easter. We'll keep you posted with an exact date."

The new rollercoaster will be the first in Europe based on the popular Ben 10 children's cartoon show. The family-friendly ride will form part of a new area of the park themed around the Cartoon Network TV channel (on which Ben 10 is broadcast). Also featured in Cartoon Network Street will be a new themed restaurant and a retail outlet selling merchandise based on Ben 10 and other Cartoon Network shows.

The rollercoaster's queue will feature themed entertainment designed to enable guests to "revel in the world of Ben 10" while they wait to board. Drayton Manor has yet to confirm the nature of the ride itself, but it is widely believed to be variation on Vekoma's classic Boomerang design. This would see it traverse the track in a forwards direction, before completing a return trip with riders facing backwards.

The Ben 10 rollercoaster will replace the Sombreros attraction, which was removed at the end of the 2010 season.

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