Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
|Location||Galveston, Texas, U.S.|
|Opened||May 25, 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.
The new pier complex is located where the original Pleasure Pier stood from 1943 until 1961, when it was destroyed by Hurricane Carla. 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. It was also the site of the USS Flagship Hotel, an over-the-water hotel built in 1965 that was demolished after Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Before the renovation there had been almost no maintenance in over 70 years, resulting in the pier having exposed reinforcing steel with accelerated corrosion and concrete spalling at piles, beams, joists, and reflective overhead flat plates. Because of this, extensive structural concrete restoration was needed. Repairs were eventually completed using shotcrete struck and finished in alignment with pre-existing materials making up the pier.
- Iron Shark — a steel roller coaster constructed by Gerstlauer, a 100 feet (30 m) tall coaster offering four inversions with a back section cantilevering over the water.
- Sky Shooter — airborne shot ride.
- Texas Star Flyer — swinging riders over the water 230 feet above the Gulf.
- Galaxy Wheel — a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel, featuring programmable LED lights.
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant.
|Ride Name||Year Opened||Manufacturer/Ride Type||Other Notes|
|Big Wheelin||2012||Kiddie Ferris Wheel|
|Carousel||2012||Chance Rides 36' Double Decker Carousel||Double-Decker Carousel|
|Cyclone||2012||Larson International Fireball|
|Frog Hopper||2012||S&S Worldwide Kiddie Ride|
|Galaxy Wheel||2012||Chance Rides Ferris Wheel Ride|
|Gulf Glider||2012||Zierer Wave Swinger Ride|
|Iron Shark||2012||Gerstlauer / Euro-Fighter|
|Pier Pileup||2012||Bertazzon Rides / Bumper cars|
|Pirate's Plunge||2012||Interlink Log Flume|
|Revolution||2012||Chance Rides Revolution 20 Thrill Ride|
|Rock & Roll||2012||Bertazzon Rides / Matterhorn Ride|
|Sea Dragon||2012||Chance Rides Pharaoh's Fury Ride|
|Sky Shoes||2012||SBF-Visa Group Airborne Shot|
|Texas Star Flyer||2012||FunTime Industries Star Flyer Thrill Ride|
|Texas Tea Cups||2012||Zamperla Tea Cups Ride|
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