Six Flags Over Texas (SFOT) Discussion Thread

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Postby ghost007jas » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:18 am

^ Clearly Six Flags sees something in this rehabilitation that you don't.
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Postby CoasterNews.Net » Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:43 am

I would wait to hear more details on what they actually plan on doing before judging if this was a good move or not.
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Postby netdvn » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:40 pm

^I'm not arguing whether or not the Texas Giant was a prime in its early years, and it WOULD be better if it was smoother, but what I'm saying is, this is 2009, not 1990, and I just don't see it ranking as high as El Toro, Voyage, Ravine Flyer II, or Balder...even if it's as good as new after the rehab. I might be wrong though.

It probably won't be a top ten coaster, but if they can get TG running like it did in 1990, it would probably rank fairly high on the polls.

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Postby coasterdad » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:01 am

Some of you also don't understand too is SFOT is not owned by SF corp. There is a group of investor who still own it. Also with all the hoops the park had to do to get the ride I'd say they won't take the ride down. They had to give up some land for the baseball stadium to get Texas Giant built. They almost didn't get it built as the feds. almost said that it was on wet lands.

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Postby TexTitan01 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:25 am

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for this kind refurbishment of a great woodie. I hope that whatever change comes to Giant doesnt cause it to splinter my ribs anymore than is has already

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Seriously tho, thank God giant is getting some love. I remember when I first rode it it was actually somewhat enjoyable. Over the years tho the aging has become apparent, and the last time I went to SFOT I didnt even get on the damn thing. When I got back to my house tho I watched an onride video on youtube (lol...), and it made me realize how awesome giant would be if only it was smooth...Wish granted...

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Postby GuruGuys » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:43 am

At Ace's Lone Star Coasterthon we learned a few tidbits about the future overhaul. They say that it will be only a few weeks before an official press release comes out with most all of the details but what is for sure is that this is not going to be your ordinary coaster track re-working (If the $10million wasn't indication enough :).

Here are some of the facts we were told either by the park operations president or an engineer who gave a presentation on coaster design. Obviously they were very vague about specifics and stats.

We were told that new engineering, which involved many new patents, is going to be used in constructing the new track. An engineer with Six Flags said they borrowed technology from B&M's steel coaster design, mainly the square base track design, and have adapted it for woodies. He said it had something to do with allowing them to be much more accurate in bending the wood and creating turns. The Giant will be the first to implement it.

We were told that the coaster will have several wood coaster firsts.

We were told it will be taller, steeper, faster and over 100% smoother.

They said that you will still be able to recognize it as the Texas Giant layout overall, they don't want to deviate too much from the once award winning design.

It will of course feature new trains, they would not confirm or deny if the trains were of a new technology or not.

They stated that it costs over $200k a year to currently maintain the Giant, and this update will cut that down into something much more feasible.

They said one of the main goals is to bring it up to date with the most state of the art modern woodies.

The 50th Anniversary of SFOT, and Six Flags, will be celebrated at every park.

There were a few more things I will post later when I find my notes.

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Postby pkdcoaster » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:15 pm

Sounds great, Thanks for the report. I only rode it once in 1992 and it was one of my favorites.

I would really like to do a Texas trip when this is done.

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Postby almightyfire » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:23 pm

ooh yes. this is my 3rd favorite woodie after voyage and el toro. Actually I like TG more than El Toro. I hate it is gonna take 2 yrs to complete. to me there isnt much reason to go to SFOT but TG and Mr Freeze.

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Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:32 pm

I rode Texas Giant for the first time back in August. We rode in the front row. Wasn't butter smooth, but definitely smooth enough to put your hands up, relax, and have fun! My favorite woodie! GREAT layout!

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Postby SharkTums » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:00 pm

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the ride will have onboard audio, fog, and fire effects.

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