On Sunday November 1, with much media fanfare, the Texas Giant ran its final run. The park had a band, an enormous sculpted cake and other ceremonial trappings. The final trainful of riders included park managers, ACE members, and lucky park patrons who won tickets to the final ride. As the train neared the end of the course, fireworks were set off to commemorate the last circuit of the original Texas Giant.
The media was on hand again on Monday, November 16 as work began on the $10 million renovation of the famous roller coaster-nearly double the $5.5 million cost of the original construction in 1990. After a few words by Park President Steve Martindale, a deconstruction crew led by Bugs Bunny began partial demolition of the iconic woodie. The Dallas Morning News website has a video of the start of the project.
Park officials have not released many details, but they have said that some of the old ride will remain, and the new ride will be taller, faster, steeper and of course smoother.
The new Texas Giant is expected to be ready when the park opens for the season in 2011.