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The official opening time for the rides is 11....but it varies a little bit. If you get there at opening on any day, you are usually pretty safe for a couple hours and at the very least, you should get a good parking spot.

 

I like to wait until later in the day for photos for better lighting where the sun is behind the ride instead of in front of it or directly over it...but with the chances for rain this weekend, I just went when it wasn't raining.

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I plan on making my first trip to ride BB about 3 or 4 days after the opening. I assume the ride will open on a Saturday, so I am looking to go out to Kemah on a following Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

Who know though, we'll see.

 

I just figure waiting a few days will help with crowds and giving the ride a few days to break in can't hurt.

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Kemah Boardwalk and the rides are open 11-10 363 days a year (for the most part). Some special events will keep the Boardwalk open later (such as Fireworks Fridays).

 

Hours for rides vary a little depending on crowds and of course bad weather or maintenance can result in them being closed.

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Thank you. I wonder how many people will have to be on the train before they are allowed to dispatch it. I went to Buffalo Bills in Nevada and they wouldnt release the train unless it was a certain amount of people aboard. That is why I asked about the hours because I am sure Kemah wont be crowded enough during the week to keep the train rolling during the hours of operation.

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^At Timber Falls, They'll run the train with just one person on it, and they'll give free rides too. Hopefully this park does the same as it seems too small to have a minimum riders policy.

 

This coaster is really starting to look good, and hopefully they Kemah gets it open soon. When I was checking the most recent update, the coaster appeared to have some of the best drops and turns on a wooden coaster. I think this could be Gravity Groups best coaster, and while it is a big ride, it isn't massive like Hades or Voyage.

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^At Timber Falls, They'll run the train with just one person on it, and they'll give free rides too. Hopefully this park does the same as it seems too small to have a minimum riders policy.

 

This coaster is really starting to look good, and hopefully they Kemah gets it open soon. When I was checking the most recent update, the coaster appeared to have some of the best drops and turns on a wooden coaster. I think this could be Gravity Groups best coaster, and while it is a big ride, it isn't massive like Hades or Voyage.

You need TOO LOOK AT THE FIRST DROP UP CLOSE! It's amazing!
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Boardwalk Bullet is the subject of a story on the front page of today's Houston Chronicle. The accompanying reader forum is quite active.

 

And here's a photo I took last week. Rather blurry, but from a different perspective.

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looking south from Seabrook, the coaster sits behind all the other attractions seen.

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Yeah, I saw that article...not really suprising I guess.

 

The fact that people actually do own the house right next to the coaster kind of surprised me as I've never seen anyone there and Kemah Boardwalk appears to take care of the upkeep on the lawn.

 

The posts in the reader forum are what I'd expect for an article about something Tilman is involved in...a lot of people seem to hate that man.

 

Nice shot of the ride from the bay.

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Good grief, they never even informed those people that they were building a coaster. You would have thought they would have stapled out some kind of agreement to stop lawsuits and/or expensive noise ordinances. Plus it would have just been nice.

 

Oh well, it should be a gimmie that if you live a stones-throw away from an amusement park, that you'll have to live with this kind of thing.

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If the current weather keeps up, make sure to pack a boat!

 

I was down at the boardwalk tonight to see the fireworks but didn't take my camera (was a last minute decision to go by). Crowd was pretty light for a Friday...I imagine due to all the rain earlier in the evening.

 

The coaster is now lit up at night by flood lights...I'll try to get some shots of it at night in the next week or so.

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Not a lot of visable progress since last week...but that is to be expected since it is nearly complete I guess.

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One of the trains is on the track

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Track still being installed on the first drop

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Overall view of the ride from the parking garage

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One of the many billboards popping up around the Houston area

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I personally saw at 610 and Westheimer a Bullet billboard:

 

Become Bullet Proof...

 

(The speedy bullet logo was at the bottom)

 

hehehe

 

P.S. - Hey Restoca... Micro PHOTOED does a pretty good job taking out the blurs. It actually looks pretty good.

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Photo by Restoca. Touch up by Doonga.

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This thing looks awesome, espiecally that first drop. I hope the TPR Texas trip happens, because that would probably be the only chance I would have to ride this.

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Not much new to report. Installation of track continues. Landscaping, fence installation and other work around the ride has been taking place as well. Still appears to be quite a bit of track with no steel on it.

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Track being installed.

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Landscaping and fencing.

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Ride entrance. It appears there will be a ticket booth just to the left of the "Boardwalk Games" sign.

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