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Six Flags plans interactive pirate game
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/18/2008 12:09 AM

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Pirates are coming to Gurnee.

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee announced Wednesday afternoon that Buccaneer Battle, a new interactive water ride, will be unveiled at the park in May.

The pirate-themed attraction incorporates lighting, music, dialogue, costumes, set design and special effects, said Brooke Gabbert, public relations manager for the park.

Buccaneer Battle, manufactured by Mack Rides, will feature 10 pirate ships carrying eight passengers each through a 450-foot channel.

As the cars navigate the channel, the battle begins as passengers armed with powerful soaker guns take aim at each other, targets and spectators.

Gabbert said some targets will fire back at the passengers, while others display a variety of special effects. And, the spectators, of course, will be armed with the same soaker guns.

"The addition of Buccaneer Battle offers our guests an interactive experience that will complement our already-vast and diverse lineup of rides and attractions," said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America's park president. "This new supersensory experience will put Great America in a class of its own when it comes to family friendly entertainment."

Construction has already begun on the ride, which will be located in the County Fair area, next to Farmer's Market.

"It's being built in the footprint where De Ja Vue was located," Gabbert said. "I really think it's going to be a ride everyone will have fun on and enjoy."