- Texas Giant
Texas Giant Location Six Flags Over Texas Coordinates Coordinates: Status Operating Opened March 17, 1990
April 22, 2011Renovation
Cost $5,500,000 US
Type Hybrid Manufacturer Dinn Corporation Designer Curtis D. Summers Track layout Twister Lift/launch system Chain lift hill Height 153 ft (47 m) Drop 147 ft (45 m) Length 4,920 ft (1,500 m) Max speed 65 mph (105 km/h) Inversions 0 Duration 2:00 Max vertical angle 79° Capacity 1600 riders per hour Max G force 4.2 Height restriction 4 ft 0 in (122 cm) Trains 3 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. Texas Giant at RCDB Pictures of Texas Giant at RCDB Amusement Parks Portal
The Texas Giant is a hybrid roller coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. It is currently the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world at a height of 153 ft (47 m) which features a 79° drop of 147 ft (45 m), and turns banked up to 95°. The coaster uses a brand new type of all steel track which results in the Texas Giant no longer being a purely wooden roller coaster. The redesigned ride is a steel-tracked coaster with the original wooden support structure (i.e. a hybrid roller coaster) which enables the ride to be much smoother than it was in previous seasons. In addition to new track, the Texas Giant also received new trains and a new control system. The coaster reopened to the public on April 22, 2011 as part of the park's 50th anniversary celebration.
The Texas Giant was originally constructed by Dinn Corporation. The wood for the roller coaster construction was purchased from Dean Lumber Company in Gilmer, Texas, as the Dean tags can still be seen on the boards. The trains were manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The Texas Giant opened on March 17, 1990. At opening it featured three trains which held 28 riders each. After its first year of operation, these seven-car trains were shortened to six-car trains. Also, the double-up turn around feature was converted into a sweeping turn and trim brakes were added before certain high stress areas. In 2006, the ride received new gates in its station. The Texas Giant required major rehabs during the winter months, thus kept it closed for Six Flags Over Texas' Holiday in the Park event. The Texas Giant closed at the end of the 2009 season for extensive renovations which took the entire 2010 season to complete and cost approximately 10 million dollars.
Records and awards
When opened in 1990, Texas Giant had the highest lift of any wooden roller coaster in the world at 143 feet (44 m). It was presented the Golden Ticket Award from Amusement Today for Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the world in 1999. Ever since the reopening in 2011, Texas Giant won the Best New Ride for 2011.
Golden Ticket Awards: Top Steel Roller Coasters Year 2011 Ranking 6
- Mean Streak at Cedar Point, a roller coaster that opened in 1991 which bears similarity to the Texas Giant before its renovation.
- ^ a b "Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Investor Meeting Presentation". Six Flags. 4 November 2010. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/External.File?item=UGFyZW50SUQ9MzQ0MjQ3NXxDaGlsZElEPTQwMjU2MHxUeXBlPTI=&t=1. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- ^ According to this video the ride starts on 1:20 and ends at 3:20 which is a 2 minute ride
- ^ Rutherford, Scott. Roller Coasters. Lowe & B. Hould Publishers, Ann Arbor, MI. 2003
- ^ Ryan, Jim (2010). "A Giant Facelift". WBAP. http://www.wbap.com/Article.asp?id=1719448. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- ^ Mosier, Jeff (2 November 2009). "Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas rattles into retirement today". Texas Cable News. http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/DN-texasgiant_01met.ART.East.Edition1.4f60d95.html. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- ^ "Popular Texas Roller Coaster Due A $10 Million Facelift". KWTX. http://www.kwtx.com/offbeatnews/headlines/68297087.html. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- ^ a b Mosier, Jeff (March 16, 2009). "Six Flags Over Texas to close Texas Giant for renovations in 2010". Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/031709dnmettexasgiant.3f612dd1.html.
- ^ Amusement Today. September 1999.
- ^ Amusement Today 2011 Park and Ride Winners
- Official webpage
- Official video advertising the new ride on YouTube
- Texas Giant Article and photos of this roller coaster.
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