UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening day and I have to say that it definitely lived up to the hype. Check out my full Texas Giant review.
The new Texas Giant, one of 2011’s most anticipated coasters, was open today for a select group of riders participating in a film shoot at Six Flags Over Texas. The 20-year-old woodie that had a reputation for being rough and painful to riders received a reprofiling this winter
from Rocky Mountain coasters that made it a hybrid coaster with steel
track and wood supports. The coaster sets multiple new wooden coaster records, including steepest drop (79 degrees) and steepest banking (95 degrees). Feedback from those who were able to ride was overwhelmingly positive, with one poster on Theme Park Review claiming, “El Toro has met its match.”
All indications say that this overhaul will be a huge success. If so, it could mean that other parks give their rough, aging woodies this same treatment. The ride opens to the general public on April 22nd.