Texas Trip Report Part 1: Galveston Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk and awesome Rainforest Café Dark Ride
This past weekend Renée and Andrew made their way out to Texas to check out some of the theme parks around Houston and in San Antonio including SeaWorld Texas, Galveston Pleasure Pier and Kemah Boardwalk.
But before we get to ANY of that, they first found this funky dark ride inside a Rainforest Cafe. And it looks AMAZING! Enjoy!
Written by Renée Girard and Andrew Cunningham
We’re in Texas for the weekend, and our first stop is a hidden gem of a dark ride at the Galveston Rainforest Cafe.
We were seriously impressed with the incredible theming on the Rainforest River Adventure Ride. Definitely worth a visit!
Next stop, Galveston Island Pleasure Pier!
It’s $10 to enter the pier and rides cost extra. The weather is perfect, it’s not terribly busy and masks are fortunately still being enforced here.
We’re here for Iron Shark, and it was surprisingly so much fun!
We’re spending the evening at Kemah Boardwalk. Unfortunately, the queue for Boardwalk Bullet is quite full at the moment, but we’ll check back in a bit!
After a nearly two hour wait, we made it on to the back row of Boardwalk Bullet for an epic and awesome night ride!
Check back tomorrow for our update from SeaWorld Texas!
60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebrates
Tallest Drop Adventure Water Ride
(7/20/2020, Branson, Missouri) With great anticipation of Silver Dollar City’s 2020 promise to present The Tallest Drop on a Water Raft Ride in the Western Hemisphere, Mystic River Falls is now open. The water adventure includes winding, roaring rapids set in an authentic Ozarks mountainous river theme, culminating with a waterfall drop that sends riders down more than four stories of splashing, rafting, family fun.
A $23-million investment, Mystic River Falls is said to be an engineering marvel in the global attractions industry with its one-of-a-kind rotating, 4-platform, 8-story lift. Set in an authentic pier-like design of river towns of yesteryear, Mystic River Falls is the focus of the all-new area called Rivertown that includes the new expansive Rivertown Smokehouse, with an array of meats smoked on-site, and a new cinnamon bread bakery, featuring bakers in full view to guests as they create legendary specialties.
A Theme of Legacy & Lore…
Silver Dollar City is home to the massive Marvel Cave, which, indeed, has a Mystic River in its depths. Intensively studied throughout the ages, Marvel Cave’s passageways, water features and crannies are detailed in words and drawings as far back as 1893 through the documented work of the botanist, artist and scientist S. Fred Prince. His book and work of art, “The Story of Marvel Caverns 1893-1942,” is safely stored within Silver Dollar City’s archives to this day.
As specified in several places in the book, Prince, enthralled by his inability to find the headwaters of the Mystic River, kept searching to no avail. To this day, following study by modern- day scientists, the end of the river remains a mystery.
Now to the Storyline…
With the Mystic River headwaters unknown, the adventurers of today seek to find a fabled waterfall that could mark the end of the raging river. They follow the path of Pearl, a young adventuress, along the challenging, winding waterways in pursuit of the legendary headwaters. At long last, Pearl and her riders discover Mystic River Falls -- and the town erupts in celebration!
A Diamond Jubilee!
As the storyline goes, the citizens of Rivertown are celebrating a 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee of the internationally acclaimed 1880s-style theme park in Branson, Missouri (founded May 1, 1960). The fun includes award-winning BBQ with the all-new Rivertown Smokehouse presenting smoked-on-site brisket, turkey, pork, sausage and chicken, along with signature scratch-made sides and desserts. This is the largest restaurant ever constructed in the park’s history, picturesquely situated along the banks of the new ride.
Across the way is an all-new bakery, Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread, specializing in Silver Dollar City’s famous cinnamon bread – only now each loaf bakes in an individual pan designed to capture all the gooey icing, butter and cinnamon. The bakery offers peach, apple and original versions along with a variety of other items.
Silver Dollar City 2020 Summer into Fall into Christmas:
As in most businesses, and within most families, during summer 2020, adjustments are in place altering park operations – yet the vast majority of the City is open, including rides, attractions and outdoor entertainment offerings. Artisans continue to build on their well-earned reputation as Home of American Craftsmanship (US Congress) creating heirloom products.
Coming up July 25 is Moonlight Madness with nighttime hours until 10pm (select dates until midnight) with rides soaring into the night skies. The City offers an after-5pm ticket for Moonlight Madness of $30.00 plus tax.
Upcoming concerts feature Newsboys on August 1 and Diamond Rio on August 6.
Upcoming festivals include Southern Gospel Picnic (August 27-September 7) and Harvest Festival featuring Crafts and Pumpkins In The City (Sept. 23-October 31). The season brings a grand finale with the acclaimed Old Time Christmas (November 7 - December 30).
Happy Monday everybody, welcome to our first park update since, checks calendar, March 6th!! Wow!
Today we have an opening day update from Matt who went out to Silverwood on Saturday for their opening day. We realize theme park openings aren't really the most important thing going on in the world (or even in the top million) but we hope you can take a break from all the pain going on right now and enjoy some awesome theme park pictures. Take care of yourselves, and everybody else! - Gregg
Written by Matthew Nelson
Welcome to Silverwood Opening Day 2020!
Our first ride of the season at Silverwood, this is a really good solid mid level wood coaster- it's fun and thrilling enough for a grizzled veteran coaster rider, but it's also an excellent 'starter' coaster because it doesn't deal in any extremes. This season, it has sadly gotten rid of the buzzbar restraints for individual ratcheting lapbars. Theoretically, this will make the ride more efficient to operate, but there's still some bugs to get worked out- we waited extra long because the train didn't park properly in station- so the air gates couldn't open.
They had to cycle the train around again to get it in to the right spot. On top of loading every other row, and wiping the train down between riders, it was a fair delay. It took us about 45 minutes to board.