Six Flags Over Texas, celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2011, has announced the launch of the new Texas Giant.
This super hybrid coaster is boasting the steepest drop of any wooden coaster in the world at 79⁰; three bank turns at more than 90⁰ and a steel track that zips riders through an unforgettable, white knuckled 1½ minutes of breathtaking twists and turns from start to finish.
“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 new Texas Giant is Texas through and through. 17-foot-longhorns welcome guests to the ride’s area. Three new trains pay homage to the Lone Star State and the popular 1961 Cadillac Deville; each train has a custom-made “cattle horn” and custom-designed saddle seats. There’s even an oil derrick nestled right in the belly of this wooden beast.
“In true Texas style, we’ve gone BIG!” added Martindale. “From the first breathtaking drop, to the multiple hills and turns with gravity-defying air time, guests will want to saddle up again and again.”
It opens to the public today, April 22.