48 Inches
Lapbar/Seatbelt Restraints
High Thrill

Opened March 17, 1990
Closed November 1, 2009
Ride Type Wooden Coaster
Ride Height 143 Feet
Drop Height 137 Feet
Track Length 4,920 Feet
Maximum Speed 62 MPH
Trains 3
Cars Per Train 6
Riders Per Car 4
Ride Manufacturer Dinn Corporation
Train Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer Curtis D. Summers

A look at The Texas Giant’s original massive structure.

Record-Breaking Giant

The Texas Giant was quite the marvel when constructed in 1990. The attraction is built at a cost of $5.5 million & is the tallest and fastest wooden coaster at time of opening.

The Texas Giant ride structure includes 900,000 feet of lumber, 1,200 concrete piers, 10 tons of nails, & 81,270 bolts.

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 in the 2000s.

Crews working on New Texas Giant’s lift hill. Credit: NBC 5

Becoming a Hybrid Giant

On November 1, 2009, the original Texas Giant closed in preparation for its renovation into a hybrid roller coaster. Throughout the 2010 season, extensive construction took place for the ride's reopening in 2011. Though Texas Giant was the tallest wooden coaster in the world when it opened, Rocky Mountain Construction designed the lift hill to increase by 10 more feet. New Texas Giant opened on April 22, 2011. The attraction features a 79-degree first drop and top speeds of 65 miles per hour.

Ride History


  • Texas Giant receives new air gates and the transfer track is reconstructed.

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