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Six Flags Great America has confirmed plans to extend its Hurricane Harbor water park in 2011, adding a new area known as Riptide Bay.

The three-acre addition at the Gurnee, Illinois park will feature a double-sided surf simulator, a Caribbean-themed activity pool, new waterslides and luxury cabanas. Details of the waterslides are still to be announced, but the park has confirmed that entry to the updated Hurricane Harbor will continue to be included for free alongside the purchase of admission to the theme park.

Hurricane Harbor opened at Six Flags Great America in 2005, and features a 500,000-gallon wave pool, numerous slides, an interactive water playground and a lazy river among its attractions. It has proven to be very popular, and was expanded in 2006 with the addition of the Tornado waterslide. The opening of Riptide Bay will see the park's overall size grow to sixteen acres.

Six Flags Great America had previously intended to install the Chang rollercoaster from the closed Kentucky Kingdom park as its headline new ride for 2011. However, the plan was scrapped when a new board took over management of Six Flags, and the stand-up coaster is now headed to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

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