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
Maximum Speed: 62 MPH
Ride Length: 4,920 Feet
Trains: 3
Cars Per Train: 6
Passengers Per Car: 4
Manufacturer: Dinn Corporation
Train Manufacturer: PTC
Designer: Curtis D. Summers
Track Color: Non-Painted
Support Color: Non-Painted

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

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 through the 2000s.

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. 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.

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