Amuse­ment parks find new ways to take us for a ride

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life / Travel -

UNITED KING­DOM

DRAY­TON Manor, Tam­worth

Named af­ter the car­toon hero, the roller coaster “Ben 10 Ultimate Mis­sion” de­buts at Dray­ton Manor. Rid­ers revel in the world of Ben 10 be­fore they get on the ride with en­ter­tain­ment while queu­ing. The ride com­prises for­ward and back­ward move­ments with twist­ing turns and drops. The coaster will be part of a Car­toon Net­work Street, in­clud­ing a restau­rant and shop.

www.dray­ton­manor.co.uk

LON­DON Dun­geon, Lon­don.

UK’s first 5D laser ride opens at Lon­don Dun­geon. Rid­ers find them­selves spin­ning at high speeds whilst shoot­ing at venge­ful spir­its. This is not a ride for the faint hearted.

www.the-dun­geons.co.uk/lon­don

PLEA­SURE Beach Re­sort,

Black­pool. New for 2011 is “Nick­elodeon Land” which rep­re­sents Plea­sure Beach Black­pool’s big­gest in­vest­ment in more than a decade. With 12 rides themed around all of the well- known Nick­elodeon char­ac­ters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Ex­plorer, this six-acre area of Plea­sure Beach pro­vides ex­cite­ment for all of the fam­ily.

www.black­pool­plea­sure­beach.com

THORPE Park, Chert­sey.

Climb aboard a life raft and get in a spin on “Storm Surge”, the sky­high spin­ning wa­ter ride. Go round the twist and lose con­trol on the 20me­tre spi­ralling de­scent, and try to stay dry while be­ing in the line of fire from the wa­ter can­nons.

www.thor­pepark.com

FRANCE

FUTUROSCOPE, Poitiers.

“The 8th Con­ti­nent” is an in­ter­ac­tive theatre in­stalled on scoot­ers with laser pis­tols to de­stroy the waste mon­sters that threaten our oceans. The 4D theatre fea­tures a new film called The Lit­tle Prince.

www.futuroscope.com

GER­MANY

PHANTASIALAND, Brühl.

Phantasialand has a new in­ter­ac­tive ride in 3D called “Maus au Cho­co­lat”. Rid­ers take a tour of a cake fac­tory overun with mice us­ing guns to de­stroy the ro­dents. The park also of­fers a new wave “swinger” on the Kais­er­platz.

www.phantasialand.de

SPAIN

PORT Aven­tura, Salou.

“Sésamo Aven­tura” is the new area for fam­i­lies in Spain’s big­gest amuse­ment park. It of­fers at­trac­tions and en­ter­tain­ment with the char­ac­ters from Se­same Street in a new sec­tion

www.por­taven­tura.es

Storm Surge, Thorpe Park

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