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LEGOLAND California has revealed that it will open a new shoot-the-chutes water ride, dubbed Pirate Reef, in summer 2012.

The new addition will be located between the existing Pirate Shores area and the LEGOLAND Water Park. Visitors to both parks will be able to experience the ride, which will cover an area of 1.5 acres. LEGOLAND California claims that the popularity of the LEGO Pirates toy range led to the decision to install the multi-million pound attraction.

Project Designer Lindsay Burroughs explains the plans for Pirate Reef in the video below:

Riders on Pirate Reef will be carried on boats that can hold up to 20 people. These will ascend a 25-foot hill, before splashing down in a pool below. As they exit the ride, they will pass over two pirate ships that are separated by a wooden bridge, each of which will feature water cannons to blast the other one with.

General Manager Peter Ronchetti said of LEGOLAND California's new ride for 2012: "We're now in eight years of substantial growth, and we attribute this to the particular niche we address of young children. And we didn't stop investing. We kept our investment plan through those tough years, and it absolutely paid off."

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