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P.. 420: Pirates of Speelunker Cave announced for 2022!

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Is anyone else getting scared about thos messed up supports in that (over)banked turn? I can't help myself getting the feeling that it might just all collapse when a train is going trough there

 

Not this again...

 

+50.

 

It will be fine. Rocky Mountain knows what they're doing. I shouldn't have even worried about the wheels running between the bolts.

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Am I the only one that think these supports look frail. I hope those gerst trains are light. They (wooden beams) don't even look strong enough to support the track.

Remember that on that turn the G's are positive, so the force applied to the structure goes "out", so it does't have to carry the weight.

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You think you've seen the craziest possible photo of this new Giant, and then along come some more, and they're even crazier. Holy damn.

 

If this works, and I really hope it does, I also hope someone out there is thinking "Rye Aeroplane" and "Crystal Beach Cyclone."

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I'm hoping Cedar Fair is taking notes! Mean Streak and Son of Beast comes to mind!

Why??? Don't you get it? Texas Giant used to be an AWESOME coaster "back in the day" and the goal of this project is to revive that. I don't think Mean Streak or Son of Beast were ever "awesome" coasters. Why give a mediocre coaster in the first place this treatment? Give this treatment to a coaster that ONCE was great...awesome...amazing...but has since turned to crap.

 

Just think about what Timber Wolf, Ghostrider, or even Colossus would be like if they actually went back to those original designs, and did nothing but gave it this treatment. All of a sudden you'd have coasters like Ghostrider, which can't even crack the top 50 anymore, becoming a top 10 ride again. What about SFOG's Cyclone? Holy crap, can you imagine what that ride would be like if it had this makeover???

 

This all of course, is making the assumption that this treatment is going to rock and change the wood coaster world forever....

 

I get what you're saying, Robb.

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Six Flags posted a 1:41 video of the giant a few hours ago to their facebook. If you thought the pictures looked crazy, you gotta check out the vid, no shots of the station but the carpet and 90 degree turns are there and really showcases what a great ride this will be!

 

And to be nice, here's a link so you don't have to click too many times to find it. The video is not uploaded to youtube and has a "property of six flags" disclaimer on it.

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It's so ridiculous looking, I just can't picture it "working." Usually I can imagine a train running along the tracks, but this just doesn't look right. Not saying it won't work, it just looks so abnormal for a wooden (structured) coaster. I ought to make a nice little Texas trip next year.

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I was at the park about a month ago- I was quite excited to see the new Giant taking shape. This will be one hell of a ride! Part of me, however, will miss some of the elements that made up the old ride- is it just me or does it not feel as MASSIVE as it once did? (even with the higher lift hill) Even so, I am excited!

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What about SFOG's Cyclone? Holy crap, can you imagine what that ride would be like if it had this makeover???

 

This all of course, is making the assumption that this treatment is going to rock and change the wood coaster world forever....

 

I remember, back in 1990, when GC first opened. It was, by far, the best coaster I ever rode. Smooth as glass and the whole ride was incredible. If they put this treatment on GC... holy crap indeed. It would be taking that original ride and doubling, no, tripling its greatness. I wouldn't care whether it's a woodie or steelie, it would simply be awesomeness incarnate.

 

That is, of course, assuming that it turns out to be as good as it looks.

 

Squid

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Is this the first coaster overhaul like this for this company? Sorry if this was already discussed, but I could not find the answer.

 

I have to admit, when I first heard this and saw the price tag I was asking why. From these pictures, this thing is looking sweet. I may need to find a reason for my company to send me to the area for work this summer....

 

I also know that a few people mentioned this overhaul to Mean Streak. Robb pointed out that Mean Streak sucked in comparison to The Giant. I have been on the crap that is Mean Streak Streak many times but never have been to Six Flags Over Texas. I always thought from pictures that they were almost basically the same ride design, just sort of chiral in layout. What are the major differences out of curiosity? Like I said, my judgment was based on pictures though.

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^ Mean Streak and Giant may have similar footprints but that's about where it ends.

 

For starters Giant took it's curves at great speed where Mean Streak barely scoots along. Giant also had some pops of air coming out of the turns into the drops where Mean Streak just curves up and over into the drops. Mean Streak also crosses over the lift once before the block brake, where Giant did it twice following the block brake.

 

Following the midcourse Mean Streak has a long leftward ramp then just wanders aimlessly through the entire structure about 40 to 50 feet above the ground and doesn't do ANYTHING. Texas Giant plummeted dramatically from it's block brake and flew over a nice floater hill then crossed under the lift to the only only "dull" moment of the ride, the helix. After the second turn over the lift Giant dropped into what was arguably the greatest section of wooden coaster track ever made. It flew along twisting hills tearing through the structure at what felt like far more speed than the ride should have left at this point. Once it emerged from the structure it did a nice fly-by with the first drop (just like Mean Streak) and bunny hopped once more before flying up into the brakes. Giant was jam packed with action! As is the new one looking to be!

 

Giant also ran its first half counter clockwise then the last half clockwise, where Mean Streak starts the course clockwise but then turns back on itself and runs counter clockwise. The two are roughly mirrored in a small way.

 

Here is a layout comparison to see their courses are quite different.

 

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And some POV action of the two

 

Mean Streak

 

The Texas Giant

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WOW !!!! Those are excellent pics! At first when Six Flags announced they were remodeling the Giant, my first impression was that's all we get for a 50th anniversary? And we're the first Six Flags? Seeing all the additions, and a much smoother ride seems to be a worthwhile investment indeed ! I was working at SFOT when the Texas Giant first opened. There were lines for days! Looks like that's about to happen again. Season Pass here I come !

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There were a few things I was hoping for in the 50th anniversary as well; a return of the Spee- lunkers, bringing back the original theming (waterfall) and repairing much of the existing theming on the Mine Train, some enhancements to the Log Flumes, SOMETHING in Ft. St, Louis (France) (Can we say perhaps an awesome re imagining of Skull Island?)

BUT- this TG overhaul is a pretty big helping of AWESOME- I can't WAIT!

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