Six Flags Over Texas has released an official video showing a "point-of-view" ride on the updated Texas Giant rollercoaster, which is due to reopen to the public on April 22, 2011.
The video shows off the circuit of the updated coaster, dubbed the New Texas Giant, and is embedded below. The ride has been closed since the end of the 2009 season to undergo an extensive $10 million renovation, which included installing an all-new steel track and introducing what Six Flags Over Texas claims is the steepest drop of any wooden rollercoaster in the world.
The updated coaster was opened briefly this week to guests taking part in a commercial shoot at the park. However, it will not return to full operations until April 22, as the park celebrates its 50th anniversary season.
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 set to hit a top speed of 65 miles per hour following the 79-degree first drop. In total, some 4,700 feet of new track have been added during the renovation work.
The Texas Giant's new Gerstlauer-built trains will be themed around 1961 Cadillac Deville cars, with the park celebrating its 50 years since it opened in 1961. Three distinct trains will operate on the ride, in aqua metallic, black metallic and red metallic colors. Each train will feature a front-mounted "cattle-horn" and authentic-looking grills, headlights and tail lights.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 and was the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the world at the time. However, it has since suffered from frequent complaints by riders that it offers an violent, painful ride. The current re-work is the second time the Texas Giant has been renovated, following a previous update nearly ten years ago. The cost of the latest renovation is greater than the original $5.5 million construction cost for the coaster, even when adjusted for inflation.