New Texas Giant

Opinions

Like many people, I was skeptical when I heard that Texas Giant was being transformed into a steel coaster using I-beam track. And with Gerstlauer trains to boot! Well, somehow the designers, engineers and builders made it work wonderfully. New Texas Giant is amazing. It’s glass-smooth and comfortable, and the reprofiled course is loaded with airtime. The three themed tunnels added to the final stretch of the coaster are a fun addition, too.

• Mike Thompson, Augusta, Maine

My first ride on New Texas Giant puzzled me because I saw all the changes go up piece by piece. I was expecting something different. Also, those among us who had ridden the original countless times had that decision — Which version do I like better? — forced upon us immediately. It took a few rides to realize (and accept) that this is what the Giant now was. With repeated rides it was clear that this was a tremendous new machine. There are so many great elements and the airtime is just all over the place. Not 100% perfect, but pretty close. It's a spectacular success and the public thinks it is amazing. They should; it is.

• Tim Baldwin, Grand Prairie, Texas

The New Texas Giant not only provided my favorite rides of 2011, the new hybrid technology has given me hope for dozens of other rides that I know could drastically improve given the chance. If this is just a taste of what we will see in the future, I for one am very excited! Never have I felt airtime this strong on a coaster before. It was almost the equivalent of an illusion you could feel

• Sean Flaharty, Grove City, Ohio

The New Texas Giant is phenomenal, to say the least. How wonderful is it to have a coaster go from "I only want to ride once" to "I could stay on that for hours!" I certainly hope to see this technology used on other formerly great coasters that deserve to have new life breathed into them, and even in new installations. Iron Horse Track is a favorite to win!

• Scott Connor, Dallas, Texas

The remake of the Giant was fantastic, and just exactly right for the park, and the general public. However, as an enthusiasts I found the restraints to be very painful on the upper thighs, and therefore did not enjoy rerides on the
Giant.  I was hoping it would be a coaster I would want to reride all night long, but found I could only do a few rides before the pain said to stop.  I liked the speed, the smoothness (for the most part), and the great banking.

• Cheri Armstrong, Hatfield. Massachusetts

I must admit that as a fan of the early days of the rough-n-tumble Texas Giant (early 1990s version), I was a bit let down by the smoothness and lack of intensity that I got on my first pre-dawn ride on media day. Yes, it was fun... but it just wasn't intense enough to be the Texas Freakin' Giant.

 

All of that changed as the day wore on, the temps increased, the ride broke in, and I allowed the ride to speak for itself rather than comparing it to my expectations or to the memories of its predecessor. By midday, the ride was a beast. Fast, disorienting, filled with insane airtime, and offering one of the best back seat first-drop experiences anywhere. By the time I went home, I was a full convert and was placing the New Texas Giant solidly near the top of my Top 10 steel list. It is a game-changer for the industry and judging from the reactions from the public on subsequent visits, a true smash hit for the park that easily lands Six Flags Over Texas in the "destination park" category.

• Jim Winslett, Houston, Texas

New Texas Giant is a fabulous new ride, and well worth the trip from California, but it's impossible to talk about it without comparing to the original. New Texas Giant is better than Texas Giant in its rough and violent days, but can't compete with the outrageous, powerful out-of-control original.  Even though New Texas Giant is taller, with a shorter track, it seems to run out of gas at the end.  It may improve as it breaks in, but I doubt it will ever be as wild as the legendary 1990s magic carpet finale. I give New Texas Giant a thumbs up, but I give a bigger thumbs up to the parks that manage to maintain their energetic wood coasters as designed.

• Ric Turner, Valencia, California

First ride was a disappointment... a very different experience than the original wooden coaster, but the more I rode the more I liked the "New" Texas Giant. On its own merits, its quite a good ride!  Steep drops, air time, tight turns -- and smooth... what's not to like?

• Alan Shick, Columbus, Ohio

All I can say about the New Texas Giant is "Genius".  In the age of tear down and rebuild, Six Flags Over Texas found a brilliant way to create a new roller coaster on an existing structure. Fast, smooth, great air time, overbanked turns, beautiful trains and an excellent ride. 

• Melinda Gaspari, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

My first ride on the New Texas Giant was so surreal, I did not know what to make of it.  It was unlike any steel or wood coaster I had ever ridden.  By my third ride, my brain started to function and I realized I really liked this coaster.  By my fifth ride, I knew it was in my top 10 coaster list.  The cool thing about this coaster — and this is extremely rare for me — is even after a 100+ rides, the more I ride this coaster, the more I love it. And it keeps slowly moving up my steel coaster list!  It is currently at #3 for me, and I would not be surprised if it climbs even higher. It is that good, and then some.

• David Lipnicky, Grand Prairie, Texas

From the Cadillac-inspired design of the cars, to the tallest point of the rebuilt structure, the New Texas Giant has this New England fan wishing he lived closer to the Lone Star State.  My rides during Coaster Con were smooth, fast and full of air time, the three qualities I look for in any coaster. Changes made to the coaster design, including but not limited to the 90 degree track sections, were thoroughly enjoyed. Keeping the Wile E. Coyote "Wait. Let's discuss this" sign at the top of the lift hill is a change that I'm glad was not made.

 

Aside from the distance, my only disappointment is having to remove a 'wood' coaster from my wooden-coasters-ridden list.

• Rus Ozana, Dracut, Massachusetts

 

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