Monday, January 30, 2012

Introducing the Galveston Pleasure Pier

Landry's has let the cat out of the bag and given us plenty of new details about the Galveston Pleasure Pier, a new amusement facility that's set to open this May in Galveston, Texas.

The pier extends 1,130 feet into the Gulf and will contain a full selection of different rides when it open, set in a "first class, nostalgically themed amusement park."  The entrance to the park will be flanked with one of the chain's popular Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants and a double-decker Carousel.

From the park's announcement video we can see the rest of the rides:

Gulf Glider, a wave swinger style ride
Frog Hopper, a children's ride
Revolution, a high swinging spinning ride
Sea Dragon, swinging ship

Galaxy Wheel, a traditional Ferris wheel
Texas Tea, a family tea cup ride
Pier Pileup, bumper cars
Big Wheelin', a circular kiddie ride on trucks
Rock & Roll, a musik express style ride

Iron Shark, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster
The Cyclone, a looping fire ball ride
Sky Shooter, circular thrill ride
The Texas Flyer, a 200+ foot tall SkyFlyer
Pirate's Plunge, a log flume

We're all a little anxious to hear more about the Iron Shark, naturally.  It sounds like a custom designed Euro-Fighter, and previous articles mentioned four different inversions.  If we zoom in on the big artwork we can see a bit more.

There's still some mystery to the ride though.  Iron Shark is quoted as being 100 feet tall, which is  average for this style of ride.  We can see some loops and twists on this artwork, but there's really no way to tell if it's at all accurate.  I guess we can assume it'll be blue, though!

The Pleasure Pier will hold a capacity of almost 7,000 guests, and also offer plenty of food, merchandise and game options.  The views from the top of the Texas Flyer are going to be spectacular!