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Kemah Boardwalk Landry's and Babins Now Open

Postby GuruGuys » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:40 pm

Landry's and Babin's, the two restaurants closest to the Boardwalk Bullet, reopened yesterday for business.

They have test ran the Boardwalk Bullet and, as expected, work needs to be done. It will still be awhile before it reopens.

The remainder of the rides are all still down and will be for awhile. I've heard that for the most part all of the same rides will be back.

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Postby texcoaster » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:30 am

Took a trip down to Kemah yesterday and have a few observations from things that I saw, plus some info from the park management.

[1] HOLY CRAP, they've done a LOT of cleanup work down there! The places that are open look great, new landscaping has been done, everything looks good.
[2] Two restaurants are open. The others are going to need a lot more work, based on what I could see past the fences they've put up. The Boardwalk got hit pretty hard. The Starbucks next to the Bullet is just a shell... but they are working on it.
[3] Bullet had a test run a few days ago. I can't believe that the lift motor and stuff still works after being submerged in salt water for nearly two days!
[4] Bullet will be shut down for awhile. Gravity Group is scheduled to come down and look at it. PBS&J was onsite doing engineering surveys to make sure that the structure was sound and that everything is where it needs to be. Park mgt had scheduled off-season maintenance and trackwork anyway, so this shutdown actually timed out fairly well.
[5] The Aviator was being reassembled while I was there. Seems to be OK. The observation tower and Inverter took some damage, but should be repairable. The rest of the rides are pretty much toast.
[6] The ride package will remain the same as before for the time being. Swapping out rides would require new foundations and the park is trying to get back up and running as soon as possible. The quickest way to do that is to get replacement rides that match the ones that were destroyed.
[7] Judging from the debris placement and water lines on the structures, they estimate that the Boardwalk was submerged in approx 17ft of salt water.
[8] Signs placed around the construction area promise a new, improved Boardwalk.
[9] Signs near the Bullet promise new midway games coming soon.
[10] The margarita stand at the Bullet's entrance (how many parks have that???) is missing. I'm guessing it washed out to sea. If any of you fishermen happen to reel it in, please call Boardwalk management. ;)
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Postby lorddoonga » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:36 am

They said they projecting to be up and running (the rides including Bullet) by spring break 2009.

I've got company and wanted to know if the boardwalk was "accessible" for showing them around??

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Postby thrillgeek » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:34 am

^I sure hope so! I wouldn't want to miss this during the Texas Trip.
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Postby texcoaster » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:47 pm

Bullet is OPEN as of tonight. (Fri, Nov 14, 2008)

Kemah is really trying to recover as quickly as possible. Most of the restaurants are open now and getting the Bullet open tonight was fun to watch.

When I arrived around 5pm, the ticket booth was being painted inside and all the computer equipment was outside on the sidewalk. As soon as the painters finished, folks were toting in the computers and getting them booted to sell tickets, all the while Bullet is cycling with test dummies.

Actual human beings were in the seats by 6pm.

It's running a bit rough, but no rougher than it did before the storm. For an empty train, the 68 second cycle time is pretty good. With a full train, it should be 64 or better. Fresh grease all around the track and a newly refurbished train make for a speedy ride.

It was good to hear the sounds of a coaster again.

FYI: none of the other rides are up yet. The rest of the ride area, except for the aviator and the observation tower and the train, is cleaned off.
The support pole for the Inverter is still there, but not sure if it's slated for removal or repair.

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Postby coasterdude5 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:14 pm

Good to hear its back open and that progress is being made on the rest of the boardwalk.
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Postby GuruGuys » Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:08 am

Riding The Bullet at the end of the night tonight when the cold front was starting to push through was a blast! I'm glad it is open and they will start to recover some lost revenue, but I hope (and am pretty sure) that they still have plans to do more work to get it running better. As it is now it is running pretty much the same as it did before the Hurricane when he had the 1st Birthday Bash. The front seats are a blast, the back row is 'rough but worth it', and I avoid the middle of the train most of the time, especially on wheel rows, but nothing near as violent as my Rattler rides last month.

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I expect Kemah Boardwalk to be up and 100% by Spring Break with all their rides, and possibly new ones, operational.

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Postby thrillgeek » Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:14 am

^Great to hear! I can't wait :b
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Postby coastercrazy216 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:40 pm

I must say that I am sad that it is not running very smoothly still, but other than that, this is great!

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:42 pm

Bullet is OPEN as of tonight. (Fri, Nov 14, 2008)

Kemah is really trying to recover as quickly as possible. Most of the restaurants are open now and getting the Bullet open tonight was fun to watch.


That great news! Glad to hear Kemah getting back on it's feet.

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