Six Flags Over Texas’s iconic wooden roller coaster, The Texas Giant, is planned for a rehab during the 2010 season. The 10 million dollar make over will hopefully return this currently rough ride to the amazing ride it was when it opened in 1990. However the refurbishment is scheduled to take up the regular park season.
The Texas Giant was one of the tallest wooden roller coasters in the world when it opened. That may have been its downfall, though. The ride has suffered many problems with its track in recent years because of the stress that the car has put on it with the fast speeds and powerful forces the ride has. It has become a less and less pleasant ride and more painful. It seems as if Six Flags management has realized that, and retracking will be in the plan to refurbish The Texas Giant. The refurbishment will also include new cars and possibly new themeing.
The opening will come as part of the parks 50th anniversary celebration. Six Flags Over Texas was the first park in the Six Flags chain but in recent years it has gotten less attention than some other parks. The park in Arlington Texas was first opened in 1961 and has since expanded and is now has 13 roller coasters. Six Flag’s CEO Mark Shapiro is thrilled about the rehab to one of the parks classic coaster. “It needs a new life and we’re going to breathe new life into it.” This will be the biggest rehab for any Six Flags ride and hopefully the most successful.