Monday, May 28, 2012

Galveston Pleasure Pier's Opening Weekend Has Arrived

Memorial Day weekend as seen a lot of great rides and attractions open for the first time to the general public, but how about an entire new park opening?  That's news worthy, right?

© Galveston Pleasure Pier

Galveston, Texas, officially has a new amusement park with this weekend's opening of the Galveston Pleasure Pier, which stretches out 1,130 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.  Technically the park is in a sneak preview mode, with several of its larger attractions not open just yet.  The pier has reduced the admission fee for the period until all rides and attractions are up and running.

The $60 million investment has added a total of 16 rides to the property, along with plenty of games, retail, and food locations in a colorful, family friendly atmosphere.  Texas' first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has also opened at the entrance to the park, offering both sit down and food-to-go options for visitors.

Thirteen rides have opened already, with the Iron Shark roller coaster, Texas Star Flyer and the Galaxy Wheel still to come. Among those already thrilling guests is the Pirate's Plunge Log Flume, a classic Carousel, and the Pier Pileup Bumper Cars.  There are rides on site that range from high thrill all the way down to gentle spinning children's attractions.

There is a general admission fee to enter the pier, though you can purchase an all day ride pass which covers the access fee.  Individual ride tickets are also available as an option.  Congratulations to the park on their opening, and hopefully they will find much success - I can't wait to see some video of the Iron Shark!