Jason Sickles, Yahoo! Dallas Editor
Everything is bigger in Texas, including makeovers.
After a year-long restoration project, a grander Texas Giant roller coaster debuts Friday at Six Flags in Arlington.
"This is the best ride we've ever built … bar none," said Steve Martindale, Six Flags Over Texas Park President. "We've taken the best attribute of a wooden coaster: plenty of air time; and the best of steel: smoothness combined with speed, and created a truly remarkable roller coaster experience. As we like to say in Texas, this ain't your Daddy's ride."
The folks at the park say the wooden and steel beast includes a number of industry firsts:
- The steepest drop of any wooden coaster in the world at 79 degrees.
- The steepest bank of any wooden coaster in the world at 115 degrees.
- A one-of-a-kind super hybrid design that marries the fast charging drops of a classic coaster with highly-banked smooth turns.
- The world's first Iron Horse Coaster track. This rail system is made completely of steel and engineered for long term durability.
Other features on the 90 seconds of white-knuckling twists and turns:
- A lift hill that is 10 feet taller than the original Texas Giant.
- A top speed faster than the original Texas Giant at 65 mph.
- Maximum height of the ride is 153 feet.
- The drop height of the ride is 147.5 feet.
- The lift height of the ride is 148 feet.
- The length of the track is more than 4,500 feet.
- Three tunnels with fog and special LED effects.
- The steel, bolts and most of the wood were reused and recycled making the new Texas Giant an eco-friendly coaster.
Below is a promotional video shot by the park. I hope your breakfast has settled.