Amusement parks find new ways to take us for a ride
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
Storm Surge, Thorpe Park