Flash Pass Attraction
|Opened||April 22, 2011|
|Ride Type||Hybrid Coaster|
|Ride Height||153 Feet|
|Drop Height||147 Feet|
|Track Length||4,200 Feet|
|Maximum Speed||65 MPH|
|Cars Per Train||6|
|Riders Per Car||4|
|Ride Manufacturer||Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC)|
Golden Ticket Awards
Though Texas Giant opened in 1990, it remained popular throughout the whole decade. In both 1998 and 1999, Texas Giant won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Wooden Coaster. Unfortunately, the coaster experienced a ratings decline through the 2000s.
In 2011, after the extensive construction into a hybrid coaster, New Texas Giant took top honors once more by winning Best New Ride.
Becoming a Hybrid Giant
On November 1, 2009, the original Texas Giant closed in preparations for its renovation into a hybrid roller coaster. Throughout the 2010 season, extensive construction took place for the ride's reopening in 2011. Texas Giant was the tallest wooden coaster in the world when it opened and Rocky Mountain Construction increased the lift hill height by 10 more feet.
New Texas Giant was given many intense elements. The first drop was steepened to 79 degrees and the rest of the layout also features many over-banked turns ranging from 90 to 115 degrees. The popularity and success of the New Texas Giant has prompted a widespread addition of hybrid roller coasters in many theme parks.
The Texas Giant undergoes major construction and is transformed into the RMC hybrid roller coaster (steel track, wooden supports) known as New Texas Giant.