This coaster was considered one of the best, if not the best, coaster around for several years, but now it seems to have fallen out of favor with many enthusiasts the last few years. Why is that? Brakes? Roughness?
I still think its a great ride, but it has lost some of its status. I think part of this can be attributed to the fact that its 10+ years old and bigger and better wood coasters have been built in recent years. It has been toned down somewhat by trim brakes and it has been quite rough in recent years. Unfortunately, with the extremely hot, dry summers we had in Texas in 1998 and 2000, the park couldn't keep up with the maintenance like they have in the past.
really, not that many larger woodies have been built recently. I think its just a by-product of CCI churning out masterpieces easy as pie. ----------------- Father Lucifer, you never looked so sane. You did always did prefer the drizzle to the rain
I rode Texas Giant a number of times over the last year and was really surprised at the ride variability. I generally ride in the 3rd row, so the differences aren't attributable to position (its been mentioned that the ride is rougher as you move towards the back, and even numbered rows are rougher than odd numbered rows). At times TG was slower, overbraked, and rough while other rides were quite the opposite. Maybe that's the source of the huge differences of opinion about TG.
The first year it was open it was INSANE!!! It was so wicked, it literally ripped it's own trains apart. The last time I rode it was in 1995 (worked on it one day!), and it was still totally awesome, just shy of what it was when it opened. Since then, they have taken out that incredible double-up...
NO thats not sarcasm Ravenguy its true. one time i had to hold my little cousin down on the bunny hops back to the station while trying to hold myself down. even the Villain doesnt macth My baby ( even though its older than me). ----------------- Hart High. Indian Pride.
Yeah, plus the Villain's trains are very painful. Big Dipper's Trains were so sweet. ----------------- The Roller Coaster Collection: With A New Poll and More Stuff Coming Soon: http://www.angelfire.com/extreme2/rollercoaster2/index.html