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January 2012 #3 E-Blast
Release Date: 01.31.2012  /  Last Update: 02.10.2012

This E-blast contains the following items:

    1. Event announcements
    2. Schlittercon IX lodging details
    3. Six Flags all-park parking pass
    4. Details for the Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier finally announced!

    * - Items initially reported in the "Regional News" section of the homepage

1. Event announcements

If you weren’t able to join us for Winterfest at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine a couple weeks ago, the following two events were announced:
  Schlittercon IX (Schlitterbahn New Braunfels)– May 26th and 27th, 2012
  Lone Star Coasterthon (Six Flags Over Texas) – Sept 15th and 16th, 2012

2. Schlittercon IX lodging details

Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it so book your room at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels soon! The great staff at Schlitterbahn is once again giving ACE a great discount. If you call the resort and book your room and mention you are with ACE you will receive 25% off of your room and the normally required 3-night stay will be reduced to 2 if you so desire. Note: If you wish to book a Treehaus, the minimum 3 night stay will still be required.

3. Six Flags all-park parking pass

At Winterfest a question was asked about a rumored all-park parking pass and at the time Sharon from Six Flags Over Texas wasn’t sure if there was one but went back to work and got us the answer! There IS a Six Flags all-park parking pass available but it must be purchased at the park, it is not available online. If you purchase the parking pass for Six Flags Over Texas an additional $25 will get you a pass good at all Six Flags parks.

4. Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier

Landry’s held a press conference yesterday and announced all the details for the currently under construction Pleasure Pier in Galveston, including the first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in the state of Texas. Some of those details include:

  - 16 rides
  - 1 full-service restaurant, 7 quick-serve food kiosks and the Lollipop and Pops Candy store with a 120-flavor Coca-Cola fountain machine
  - Three merchandise retail outlets, including Gifts at Pleasure Pier across the street, the 400-square-foot retail at Bubba Gump’s and the Pelicans Bag with themed merchandise from the pier
  - An entertainment stage, giant TV and barbecue pit at the back of the pier near the Galaxy Wheel Ferris wheel for special events and private parties.
  - 1,130-foot long pier
  - Capacity of about 6,500 to 7,000 people
  - Admission: $25.99 for adults and $19.99 for children (includes unlimited rides). Family pack to sell for less than $90 for family of four. A pier walk-on pass that doesn’t include rides will sell for $10 for adults and $8 for children.*
  - 650 employees
  - Scheduled to open in May and be open year-round about 250 to 280 days a year and open late on weekends, sometimes to midnight.
  - Tentative prices, not finalized

Rides include:
  - Pirate’s Plunge
      - A specialty log flume ride created to accommodate five people per boat offers twists, turns and two drops measuring 40 feet and 22 feet. Must be 36” to ride; under 36” must be accompanied.

  - Iron Shark Rollercoaster
      - The Iron Shark will attack when least expected with its 100?foot vertical lift and beyond?vertical drop. Tracking at 52 miles per hour, the vehicles will glide the 1,246?foot coaster track which includes a diving loop, a greater than vertical drop and four full inversions. Must be 48” to ride.

  - Texas Star Flyer
      - Recognized as the highest ride of it's kind in Texas, riders will take flight on this towering swing and be suspended more than 230 feet above sea level while rotating through the sky. The 90?foot swing diameter affords riders spectacular panoramic views of the Pier and Gulf of Mexico. Must be 48” to ride; must be 44” to ride accompanied.

  - Gulf Glider
      - Enjoy a ride on this classic swing carousel that elevates and rotates. The double and single seats swing 22 feet in the air. This classic wave swinger never fails to delight the young and the young at heart. Must be 44” to ride; must be 34” to ride accompanied.

  - Revolution
      - The Revolution offers an intense ride that soars 60 feet in the air while in rotation. The 20?seat ride creates a sensation of flying across the water while rotating nine times per minute. Must be 48” to ride.

  - Galaxy Wheel
      - Touch the galaxy and enjoy the sprawling view of the Pleasure Pier from the apex of this giant ferris wheel. The special LED light show will create a spectacular display while in motion. The 100?foot tall wheel offers 20 vehicles accommodating six people per vehicle. Must be 42” to ride; under 42” must be accompanied.

  - Cyclone
      - A 60 foot tall looping coaster ride that tests your courage as you go head over heels at 25 miles per hour while rotating forward and backward. Must be 48” to ride.

  - Sea Dragon
      - Waves of excitement abound as this enchanted sea dragon ship takes a swinging voyage back and forth over the Gulf of Mexico reaching 50 feet in the air! The ride seats 40 adults or 60 children. Must be 48” to ride.

  - Rock & Roll
      - Hold on tight while riding forward and backward in a circular motion at ever increasing speeds while rockin’ to music in a cool car. Must be 48” to ride; under 42” must be accompanied.

  - Sky Shooter
      - Twist and rotate as the Sky Shooter spins its thrills on a single axis while riders are twirled across the sky. Riders will be able to push a button to elevate their own two?person vehicle. Must be 42” to ride.

  - Carousel
      - Bring back the good old days on this two?level carousel ride with its artfully created menagerie of specially crafted sea creatures, horses and chariots. Carousel seats 44 adults and 32 children per ride. Must be 42” to ride; under 42” must be accompanied.

  - Big Wheelin’
      - Grab your tot?sized wheels and go big wheeling on this truck convoy featuring five trucks. Four kids per truck. Must be 36” to ride; under 36” must be accompanied.

  - Frog Hopper
      - Kids will love the suspense of this crazy fun ride that bounces over and over from 22 feet in the air. Must be 36” to ride.

  - Texas Tea
      - The adult and kid?friendly teacup?style ride will turn riders inside out. Spin along in six oversized twirling cups. Must be 36” to ride.

  - Pier Pileup
      - Adults and kids will have a slamming good time in these classic old?fashioned bumper cars. Two passengers per car. Eighteen adult vehicles and 10 kid vehicles. Adult ride section and child ride section separated.

More details, updates and construction photos can be found on the Pier’s Facebook page at:

The official web site is:

The press releases can be found on the Landry’s web site

We hope everyone’s 2012 is off to a great start and look forward to seeing you at some events later this year!

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