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Texas Giant at Six Flags Over TexasLast updated by Nick on Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:23
Submitted by Nick on Sunday, July 22, 2012 13:03
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Six Flags Over Texas
Apr 17, 1990
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The Texas Giant reopened to the public on April 22, 2011, having undergone an extensive, $10 million overhaul during over eighteen months out of action. This included the installation of an all-new steel track, as well as a breathtakingly steep 79-degree drop.
Although Six Flags Over Texas has left much of the Texas Giant's wooden support structure in place, the new steel track places it into the hybrid wood-steel bracket. The Texas Giant's height has been increased by 10 feet to 153 feet, with the coaster hitting a top speed of 65 miles per hour following the first drop. In total, some 4,700 feet of new track were added during the renovation work.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 and was the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world at the time. However, it subsequently suffered from frequent complaints by riders that it offers an violent, painful ride. The latest re-work is the second time the Texas Giant has been renovated, following a previous update ten years earlier. The cost of the renovation is greater than the original $5.5 million construction cost for the coaster, even when adjusted for inflation.
Latest news on Texas Giant:
Texas Giant to reopen at Six Flags Over Texas following fatal accident
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 07:00
Six Flags Over Texas has announced that its Texas Giant roller coaster is to reopen, following an incident on July 19, 2013 that led to the death of a female rider.
Woman dies after fall from Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:04
A woman has died after falling from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, the park has confirmed.
Video: New Texas Giant rollercoaster opens at Six Flags Over Texas
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 07:54
Six Flags Over Texas has officially opened its updated New Texas Giant rollercoaster, following an extensive $10 million renovation.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
Texas Giant will be closed for refurbishment between Friday, July 19, 2013 and Tuesday, December 31, 2013. These dates have not yet been confirmed by the park, and are still subject to change. Please contact the park for official details of attraction closure dates.