LEGOLAND Florida is set to open a new area dubbed Pirate Shores in 2013, following in the footsteps of sister park LEGOLAND California.
ParkRumors features an analysis of plans submitted by the park to the South West Florida Water Management District in July, concluding that a version of Pirate Shores is on its way to LEGOLAND Florida next year. A "Splash Battle" ride will be the centerpiece of the new area, which will cover a 1.6-acre plot close to the park's main entrance.
The California version of Pirate Shores is dominated by Pirate Reef, a new boat ride that was installed in 2012. The attraction features boats that can hold up to 20 people at a time, which climb a 25-foot lift hill before splashing down into a pool below. As riders exit the ride they pass between two large-scale pirate ships that are separated by a wooden bridge, each of which features water cannons to blast the other one with.
The plans for LEGOLAND Florida's area appear to show that its headline attraction will initially be a clone of LEGOLAND California's Splash Battle attraction, rather than the newer Pirate Reef. Splash Battle is one of many water-fight attractions that have been installed at theme parks all over the world in recent years. Guests board pirate-themed boats that are equipped with water cannons, which can be used to blast those in other boats. Those on the shore can join in as well, with a number of cannons situated in strategic positions.
Splash Battle can be seen in action in the video below:
The Pirate Shores area at LEGOLAND California is also home to two water play areas, which are expected to be recreated at LEGOLAND Florida. These are Soak-N-Sail, an outdoor water play area with a shipwreck theme, and Swabbie's Deck, which is aimed at younger guests who may be intimidated by Soak-N-Sail's large-scale water jets.
LEGOLAND Florida's Pirate Shores will also feature a clone of the Captain Cranky's Challenge attraction. This is a Zamperla Rockin' Tug ride that that uses a combination of rocking and whirling motions to simulate sailing in rough seas. Aimed at younger guests, it sees them boarding a small pirate ship-themed gondola that slides up and down a half-pipe track.
At LEGOLAND California, Pirates Shores is the only area of the park that is accessible to guests at both the LEGOLAND Water Park and the main theme park.
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