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Texas Giant reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Texas Giant, a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)

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Posted: September 20, 2011

The Texas Giant closed at the end of 2009 and was rebuilt for the 2011 season with a $10 million upgrade.

The roller coaster's original wooden tracks were replaced with steel tracks, which were fitted to the ride's original wooden support structure.

This first use of Rocky Mountain Construction's new I-Box track offers a 79-degree drop and 95-degree banked turn. The coaster is also 10 feet taller and runs faster than before.

The NEW Texas Giant was the recipient of Amusement Today's Golden Ticket for the Best New Amusement Park Ride of 2011, and is currently rated as the 6th best "steel" coaster on the planet (2011).

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32 votes, so far

Really, really good. A classic. Just a fun, fast roller coaster. The new version is better and smoother. Honestly though, the old version never bothered me much. It was rough, but that was part of its charm IMHO. It was a giant wooden roller coaster. I don't know how you would make that smooth short of retrofitting a new track system on it. - Carl Griffith

This ride is perfection! I love the look of the iron horse treatment with the new red steel tracks on top of the wood. The overbanked turns are awesome to expierence and really cool to look at as well. When we walked in the park and saw them we were shocked by how steep the slope looked. The accual trains with the horns on the hood and western horn on the lap bar were fun without being overdone. I liked that they had a "lost items count" in the queue for future riders to look at. The airtime on the first hill was good, the over banked hills were unique and enjoyable, the ride lasted a fair amount of time, and although I usually do not like tunnels.. The ones on TX Giant really added to the ride. (10/10) - Lexi R

I like the whole idea of wood and steel, but it's weird at the same time. The hybrid coaster is nothing new, of course. The new Texas Giant is a really good ride. The drop is great, but after the halfway mark it seemed not as good. Still, this thing got SFOT back on the map, if you know what I mean. - Bradley Keith

This coaster is great but the extreme intensity is only felt from the first drop to the 115 degree banked turn. the rest of the ride is just "fun" - Steven D

I rode The Texas Giant in the mid 1990's and hated it. I was much scrawnier then and the ride really beat me up. I literally had bruises all over my body the next day. Yesterday I rode the upgraded Giant. I must say the designers made all the right changes. Its such a smooth ride and the seats are much much much more comfortable. It was a 110% improvement! - John Clark

I normally don't give a perfect score, but this is such an awesome coaster. The drop is one of the best ever. The turns are prefect and fun and the tunnels rock!!!! I could not get enough of this ride. It's worth a trip to Texas. - Skipper Adam

Had an experience on this coaster. We waited in line for 1 1/2 hrs then it broke down. We waited @ the front of the line & finally gave up. One group ended up waiting around 4 1/2 hrs. We rode Titan a few times than it opened back up. It is 1 of the best coasters I've ever rode & the best 1 @ SF Over Texas. Loved theit drop , overbanked turns, & tunnels. It's got 2 be the longest i've ever waited & the 1st time I've ever slept on the floor of the station. Intensity: 7.5 - Will Gibson

Well I put pathetic b/c I only rode it once when it was still a 'woodie' HORRIBLE. WAYYY too rough. It was SO rough that I literally thought my fillings were going to fall out of my teeth. I thought it was going to give me a nose bleed just from the sheer roughness of it. Finally they've done something about it & can't wait to ride it again w/the new track. - Adrienne McDonald

The New Texas Giant grows on you. This rebirth of a classic offers the steepest (as of this writing) drop on a wood-structured roller coaster as well as 90, 95 and 115-degree overbanked turns. The drop followed by the double-up hill is just the beginning of the amazing airtime. There is no trim at the block run so you just fly past the mid-point. While there is a slightly slow section just prior to the enclosed tunnels - the ride finishes with great speed as the magnetic brakes slow you quickly but not forcefully. - Todd Houts

Rode the new version of the Giant for the first time last week. The updated version is very smooth, making it very strange after dealing with the bruising over multiple occasions from the prior version. We rode once in the morning and twice more after dark. The experience after dark is even better than in the day. The drop is excellent along with the 90 degree turns. I love the tunnels that come after you expect the ride to already be over. Great job with the conversion! - Carl Stovall

What a brilliant redo of a beat up old Dinn Corp woodie! If this coaster is not the best ride in the park, it is a close second behind Titan. Coaster fans everywhere should make a special trip to experience this attraction, and to support the Iron Horse solution that will hopefully breathe new life into decrepit old wooden coasters everywhere. While I do agree with other comments related to the unkempt grounds around the coaster, and I hope Six Flags Mgmt cleans things up a bit, the Texas Giant is still an outstanding coaster, worth the price of admission. - James Rao

So what is the difference between Texas Giant and a ten-rated coaster? Weeds. But let's not digress just yet. This coaster is amazing! Short on story, the theming on coaster itself is impressive with faux leather seats in each car and a bull horn hood ornament on the front of the train. Plexiglass shields on the sides of each car are cumbersome (but necessary from what hear). Long on airtime! Incline on initial drop seems steeper because you are out of your seat the whole time. The ride is smooth as glass. The tunnels at the end of this ride are the real treat (especially at night)! Ok, quick note on the weeds (that disappear at nightfall) should not diminish this ride (although it does not allow me with good conscious to give this ride the label of "perfection"). There is a large oil derrick in the open space of the coaster track...surrounded by weeds. It is just too prominent and too big to ignore. BUT AGAIN, RIDE THIS COASTER BEFORE YOU DIE!!! - Rocklin Terrell

Opening Day for the refurbished ride. Really smooth. I thought the banked turns were interesting, and I liked the first drop. Overall very nice, and worth our reasonable wait (we went later at night). - Anthony O'Neal

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