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^ I just rode that log ride at Buffalo Bill's about 2 weeks ago. It probably wasn't as cold as you mention but the storm that hit LA was heading to Vegas so all the wind chill and winds blowing from the mountains made the ride feel like I had a air conditioner going on full blast on my face... BURRRRRRR... By the way Desperado froze me up too when I rode it the same day.

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The Flume Ride rumour has been around since the Bullet was being built, initially it was said that it would be built around the Aquarium/parking lot using existing structure as support, but then I heard that since Kemah is an all year park they thought otherwise of a ride that would be closed half the year due to weather.

 

-GG

 

That's bull. A log ride could be open almost all year. Houston only has Winter-ish weather in small quantities. Take this week. It was damn cold Monday, and today it's near 80. Log flumes at even Midwest parks are ran in cooler weather than Houston has for 10 months out of the year. All they'd have to do is have it so the splash could be lessened on the few colder weekends. A Shoot the Chute would be a bit different, but a nice long Arrow-esque log flume would be great.

 

-RO

 

I don't disagree, I'd love for them to get a Flume and think it could run most of the year, but would the ridership be worth having it open at a park like Kemah Boardwalk all year? On off-season weekdays the place is dead, all their rides remain open anyway and they shift employees to run different rides (they may have 1 employee running 3 rides). The flume would create problems here, requiring (most likely) more than one employee there full time, and unlike the Bullet (which also requires more than one ride op), I doubt it would see near as many riders during off-season weekdays - perhaps leading to it being closed throughout that time.

 

IMO, even if it was closed a few months of the year, the popularity of the ride during the long summers here would be well worth it.

 

-GG

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I tend to agree that a water ride... ANY water ride... would be well worth the investment in this climate.

 

I can remember the days at Astroworld when every ride in the park had a 10min wait, but the rapids ride, shoot the chute, and log flume were a half hour to an hour or more.

 

 

 

I wonder, now that there will be more "real" rides down there, if the all-day wristband will become more expensive?

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The wristbands dont need to go up because you can go to a real amusement park nowadays for a little more than a wristband there and the band is only good from opening to closing. A log ride would be wonderful if it ran through the Aquarium and all over the park. After that a good Eurofighter or just anything Steel would work and it would be complete with the space they have.

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The wristbands dont need to go up because you can go to a real amusement park nowadays for a little more than a wristband there and the band is only good from opening to closing. A log ride would be wonderful if it ran through the Aquarium and all over the park. After that a good Eurofighter or just anything Steel would work and it would be complete with the space they have.
I disagree...They would have to pay for the ride somehow...PLUS it's not like you can say "oh let me drive off of 610 and Kirby anymore..."
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The wristbands dont need to go up because you can go to a real amusement park nowadays for a little more than a wristband there and the band is only good from opening to closing.

 

Of course you'd have to spend $30-$40 in gas plus food and possibly a hotel room to get to a "real amusement park".....

 

An increase in a couple dollars on a wrist band is still cheaper than driving to San Antonio or Arlington.

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The Carousel is open and is also included on the all day ride pass for $9.95. Most of the boardwalk along the water is now open as well...just in time for tonight's Christmas Boat Lane Parade.

 

Some recent news coverage of Kemah can be seen here:

 

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=6553449

 

I'll post a few more photos of the Carousel from today later at the link GuruGuys posted above.

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We drove by this afternoon to check out the Boardwalk (haven't been there since Ike hit) and I asked one of the ride-op's what was going to happen.

 

He told me that everything but Chaos (which the new carousel is in it's place) and the Crazy Sub (my son's favorite ride) would be replaced. Also a drop ride similar to Dungeon Drop.

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We drove by this afternoon to check out the Boardwalk (haven't been there since Ike hit) and I asked one of the ride-op's what was going to happen.

 

He told me that everything but Chaos (which the new carousel is in it's place) and the Crazy Sub (my son's favorite ride) would be replaced. Also a drop ride similar to Dungeon Drop.

 

Yeah, they are advertising that they are open on local television a lot these days, saw several ads during the NFL games.

 

The drop tower has been officially announced. Boardwalk Bullet, Train and Carousel are now open however The Bullet will be shutting down in a few weeks for maintenance that was originally going to be done about the time that Ike hit. They plan to have everything up and running by Spring Break (March). This includes the chaos replacement which is rumored to be some brand of spinning wheel ride.

 

I've still not heard the final verdict on The Inverter?

 

-GG

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Is M&V still going down to do the work, or is the park going to do it themselves again?

 

The park has only performed 'patch work' in the past. M&V will be down again to do the forthcoming work, it was scheduled for the week after Ike, but once Ike hit M&V had to reschedule the work. This is all my understanding of the situation at least, nothing 'official'.

 

-GG

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I'm going to begin 2009 the best way I know how: taking some coaster rides on Jan 1.

 

For those interested, M&V is definitely coming down to do the track work. It should begin in late January and will (hopefully) be done before the ACE Winterfest Feb 28.

 

 

I wonder, if this round of trackwork doesn't make it run as it was designed to, (and it still hasn't ever run at designed speeds) will they talk to Intamin about the possibility of refitting it with plug-n-play?

 

Would the years of reduced maintenance and trackwork eventually cover the initial cost of the retrofit and purchase of new trains?

 

Now that the p-n-p coasters have been around awhile, how are they holding up? Do they get off-season trackwork like regular coasters do?

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Now that the p-n-p coasters have been around awhile, how are they holding up? Do they get off-season trackwork like regular coasters do?

 

Colossos ran pretty well last summer. It did have a bit of vibration at the bottoms of the hills, particularly in the wheel seats. But it wasn't anything severe and could even be considered desirable by some as wooden coaster "character". No idea about the maintenance.

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^ I'd be one of those who would desire that sort of "character."

 

Colossus is my only plug n play coaster so far, and I was really disappointed in it. Yes, it was smooth and fast and full of airtime, but it just didn't feel right for a wood coaster. I kept thinking to myself, "if this is the sensation they were after, why didn't they just build a B&M and be done with it?"

 

Nice to hear that it's starting to act like a woodie.

 

Maybe I'll wait a few more years before heading to El Toro.

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First off Happy New Year to my BB friends. Havent seen u all in a long time and I do miss you all. Not to seem dumb but what is a plug 'n play coaster?

It's an Intamin Wooden Coaster. It's called that because the wood is cut in a factory via laser instead of being cut on the work site. Then the workers can just "plug" the pieces into each other, hence the name.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, most people on this board probably know more than I do.

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It's an Intamin Wooden Coaster. It's called that because the wood is cut in a factory via laser instead of being cut on the work site. Then the workers can just "plug" the pieces into each other, hence the name.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, most people on this board probably know more than I do.

 

That's basically it. Only Intamin sells them, but not every woodie made by Intamin has been a plug 'n play.

 

http://www.intaminworldwide.com/iag/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=32

 

Other differences include the use of laminate instead of regular wood and polyurethane wheels instead of the metal wheels woodies normally use.

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