Sean: Last week we made a quick trip to Texas, just in time before major attractions around the country started closing. Our trip to Texas featured 5 parks, 3 of which were considered small. These Small Parks of Texas all have their own major coaster:
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Galveston Pleasure Pier – Iron Shark (Galveston Island, Texas)
The ticketing system was a little weird, but it made sense. You have to purchase admission onto the pier ($10) and then ride tickets in addition to that. There was quite some staff on hand to help orchestrate the process.
Kemah Boardwalk – Boardwalk Bullet (Kemah, Texas)
Next up was Kemah Boardwalk, an amusement establishment also located on the water, and owned and managed by the same group just 20-25 minutes away from Galveston Pleasure Pier. The big draw here? A massive high-energy Martin & Vleminckx creation: Boardwalk Bullet.
Boardwalk Bullet is 96 ft. tall and has a stellar 92 ft. drop that is the start of one of the best paced wooden coasters out there. The ride’s relentlessly twisty layout is filled with moments of exceptional airtime.
It’s hard to photograph the majority of the ride, but the 3,236 ft. long ride makes all the magic happen in the space of just 3 helices. Amazingly compact, and truly unique. There are no bad coasters in this region of Texas.
ZDT’s Amusement Park – Switchback (Seguin, Texas)
Seguin, TX’s ZDT’s Amusement Park is also home to some flatrides, indoor attractions, go-karts and water slides. Naturally the real star is the Gravity Group wooden coaster that starts of as a regular coaster, and then hits a backwards spike and does the majority of the track backwards!
How the wooden coaster works is fascinating. The first drop runs through the final brake run (open brakes), the coaster runs its course forwards then backwards and gets slowed down back on the bottom of the first drop. The ride’s switch track will then move over so the train can transition back into the station. Before the next train rolls of the lift that switch is reset. Switchback is a perfect solution to a space efficient family thrill. And with this awesome spike, we finish this quick report:
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