Galveston, TX — The water ride specialist Interlink has announced the opening of a new two-lift Log Flume ride at the redeveloped Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Texas, US.
The Pirate’s Plunge flume is one of the many major new rides installed on the 1,130ft long pier following a multi-million dollar renovation programme which has seen the complete redevelopment of the venue into a regional entertainment destination. Developed by Tilman Fertitta, sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry’s, the national, diversified restaurant, hospitality and entertainment company, a host of family attractions now grace the structure, including numerous rides, games of chance and skill, entertainment, F&B outlets and a range of retail shops.
Having secured the contract for the Log Flume, Interlink commenced Installation of the ride at the end of 2011, with a soft opening taking place at the end of May this year. The flume is approximately 280m (918ft) in length and features two drops, one of 6m (19.5ft) and another of 12m (39ft), the latter affording magnificent views for patrons across the ocean as they travel around the highest point on the attraction. Riders are seated in five seater boats/logs of which there are a total of seven.
Pirate’s Plunge is positioned along the left hand edge of the pier as viewed from the landward end and the turnkey project proved a challenging installation for the Interlink team due to the location and the limited access available.
“The Galveston Pier project has been an interesting and testing one for us to do,” said Interlink Managing Director John Hudd. “Building the ride onto a pier structure was itself very different to installing on land, while the limited access available also brought its own set of challenges which I’m pleased to say we successfully overcame.
“The pier owners have invested a great deal in its redevelopment and Interlink is very pleased to have been chosen as one of the suppliers who have contributed towards the renovation of what I’m sure will be a hugely popular and successful attraction for Galveston Island.”
As well as various models and sizes of log flume and a recently introduced mini flume, Interlink’s range of water rides includes the Rapid River, Water Battle, Shoot the Chute, Spin Boat and kiddy and junior flumes, all of which allow the company to cater to different customer requirements and a wide range of age groups. A new range of panoramic towers was also recently introduced.
The Interlink Group was founded in 1982 by John Hudd with the specific purpose of designing and manufacturing a range of high quality, affordable, water based attractions for installation in theme, amusement and water parks. With offices in France and the UK, all design and manufacturing work is carried out in-house and the company has developed a variety of water rides to suit a wide range of requirements. Interlink also offers ‘dry’ rides, from scenic trains to thrilling roller coasters, and carries out all aspects of ride design and installation. Interlink has been involved in numerous projects around the world since it was founded and continues to be a leading supplier to a wide range of venues.