Since 2008, Six Flags over Texas has kept its giant woodie, Texas Giant, closed due to supposed renovations to improve the ride. Most woodies designed by Dinn Corperation, including Mean Streak and Texas Giant, often recieve complaints on roughness. Six Flags decided to do something about it.
Throughout 2009, the park has kept a lid on the details on how Texas Giant was to be transformed. A few sections of track have been demolished to accomidate track changes, but even then, the park kept quiet. Now, the park has finally released details.
Texas Giant shall recieve a massive $10 million overhaul. In terms of track work, the ride shall be using a new I-beam style of track work with a special backbone support to accomidate it. In mentioning the I-beam, it will be using steel for track, not wood, which will mean Texas Giant will be a steel coaster, not wood.
Despite this, the park has boasted that it will break records intended for the 'wooden' category, including adding 12 ft to the lift hill, topping out at 153 ft, a 'record breaking' 79 degree drop, and 95 degree banking, supposively out banking the current record holder in the wooden category, Voyage at Holiday World. With the added height and steepness to the drop, the ride shall outpace its former top speed of 62 miles per hour. It is also infered that new trains will be made to make use of the new track
With all this work taking place this year, it is assumed the ride will be open in time for the operating season in 2011. which happens to be Six Flags 50th anniversery.