Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
|Opened||25 May 2012|
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is a Pleasure pier in Galveston, Texas, United States. Opened in Summer 2012, it has 1 roller coaster, 15 rides, carnival games and souvenir shops.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier is built 1,130 feet over the Gulf of Mexico, where the original Pleasure Pier stood from 1943 until it was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961. More recently, it was the site of the Flagship, an over-the-water hotel built in 1965 that was demolished after Hurricane Ike in 2008. The original Pleasure Pier featured rides, an arcade, an aquarium, concessions, a large ball room, named the Marine Ballroom, and fishing at the end of the pier. Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier had it's soft opening on May 25, 2012.
Rides at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier will include the Iron Shark Steel Roller Coaster constructed by Gerstlauer, a 100-foot-tall coaster offering four inversions and a back stretch that cantilevers over the water; an attraction called Sky Shooter; the Texas Star Flyer, which will swing riders over the water 230 feet above the Gulf; a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel called Galaxy Wheel featuring programmable LED lights, and much more.
Summer of 2012 saw low numbers of patrons and an increasingly large number of angered patrons complaining about lack of parking.Citizens of the city of Galveston are concerned about the increase in crime that has come with the opening of the "Pleasure" pier. There have been numerous cases of people getting "jumped" as they walk to the pier because it is assumed they are carrying large sums of money. GPD has increased their presence in the area, but the crimes still continue.
|Ride Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Other Notes|
|Big Wheelin||2012||Kid's Jeep Ride|
|Carousel||2012||Chance Rides 36' Double Decker Carrousel||Double-Decker Carousel|
|Cyclone||2012||Larson International Fireball|
|Frog Hopper||2012||S&S Worldwide Frog Hopper|
|Galaxy Wheel||2012||Chance Rides Ferris Wheel|
|Iron Shark||2012||Gerstlauer / Euro-Fighter|
|Revolution||2012||Chance Rides Revolution 20|
|Rock & Roll||2012|
|Sea Dragon||2012||Chance Rides Pharaoh's Fury|
|Texas Star Flyer||2012||FunTime Industries Star Flyer|
|Texas Tea||2012||Zamperla Midi Tea Cup|
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