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The Place
  Six Flags Over Texas - Arlington, Texas USA
  "America's #1 Coaster"

The Stats

Track Type Year Designer / Manufacturer
Wood Twister 1990 Curtis D Summers / Dinn Corporation
Ride Statistics
Height: 143 feet Max Drop: 137 feet
Top Speed: 62 mph Track Length: 4920 feet
Rider Capacity: 1800 per hour Max G-Force: +2.7 G
Inversions: Ride Time: 2 minutes
Avg Speed: 29 mph Angle of Descent: 53°
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Individual ratcheting lap bar, Headrest Number of Trains: 3
Cars per Train: 6 Vehicles Designed by: PTC

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 4 seats per car for a total of 24 riders per train.
* Notes: Built at a cost of $5.5 million USD. Ride footprint covers 2.9 acres in the Texas section of the park.
* Accident & Safety Record: In June of 1998, a 28-year old woman unfortunately suffered migraine headaches caused by a brain injury sustained after riding.
* Structure: 10 tons of nails; 81,370 bolts; 900,000 board feet of pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine lumber; and 1,220 concrete footers were used in the construction.
* Elements: Profile of the ride which includes 21 drops as such because Curtis Summers celebrated his 21st coaster by hiding this into the design
Texas Giant Profile
* Features: Diving in and around itself, curving near a river, ending in a surprise finale - twisting a double helix around the lift hill and bounding through the final "flying carpet" serious of bunny hops.
* History: Named the #1 roller coaster in the world in 1996, the international year of the roller coaster.

The Verdict
Aptly named as you don't mess with Texas. The ride never lets up for two solid minutes as you twist and cruise your way through the circuit, make 180° turns and retrace your steps all over again including the special ending that creeps up on you. It was a bit rough for my taste, nevertheless, a giant it still remains.
I rate it 5 Star's

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