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Six Flags Over Texas Opens the New Texas Giant

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Six Flags Over Texas, celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2011, opened its latest thrill ride on April 22, the new Texas Giant.

This super hybrid coaster is all new from the ground up boasting the steepest drop of any wooden coaster in the world at 79 degrees; three bank turns at more than 90 degrees and a state-of-the-art steel track that zips riders through an unforgettable, white knuckled 1 1/2 minutes of breathtaking twists and turns from start to finish.
"This is the best ride we've ever built, bar none," said Steve Martindale, Six Flags Over Texas park president. "We've taken the best attribute of a wooden coaster: plenty of air time; and the best of steel: smoothness combined with speed, and created a truly remarkable roller coaster experience."

The new Texas Giant is Texas through and through, he said. Guests are welcomed to the ride's area by 17-foot-longhorns. Three new trains pay homage to the Lone Star State and the popular 1961 Cadillac Deville; each train has a custom-made "cattle horn" and custom-designed saddle seats.

There's even an oil derrick nestled right in the belly of this wooden beast, he added.

"In true Texas style, we've gone big," added Martindale. "From the first breathtaking drop, to the multiple hills and turns with gravity-defying air time, guests will want to saddle up again and again."

For more information visit the Arlington, Texas park's Web site at

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