Drayton Manor has revealed new details of the Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission rollercoaster, which is set to open at the park by Easter 2011.
The park has confirmed rumours that the ride will be a variation on Vekoma's classic Boomerang design, dubbed a "Junior Boomerang". It will feature a track length of 590 feet (180 metres) and will stand just 65 feet (20 metres) tall, hitting a maximum speed of 34 miles per hour.
Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission will be able to carry around 850 riders per hour, which could lead to queues on peak days. To combat this, the park is aiming to turn the time spent waiting to ride into part of the experience by including a heavily-themed, interactive queue line. A live pre-show will also be presented before riders set off on their journey, which will see them traverse the track in a forwards direction before completing a return trip facing backwards.
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.
In addition to adding the Ben 10 coaster, Drayton Manor will also add a new Zamperla Junior Regatta ride to the Thomas Land area of the park. This will replace the Terence the Tractor ride, which will be moved to the Farm area. The park will also replace Happy Feet 4D with a new movie for the 2011 season, details of which will be confirmed soon.
Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission will replace the Sombreros attraction, which was removed at the end of the 2010 season.
Theme Park Tourist will feature an in-depth preview of Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission in the near future.
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