Roller coaster enthusiasts across the US are eagerly anticipating the launch of the larger and faster Texas Giant roller coaster, which will open to the public on April 22 at Six Flags Over Texas.

The Arlington theme park closed the original giant, which held the title of the world’s tallest wooden coaster, in November 2009.

A US$10m modification will give the coaster a smoother ride and slightly faster top speed of 65mph. It will feature the wooden coaster record for the world’s steepest drop, at 79 degrees, and three turns sharper than 90 degrees. The new ride includes about 4,700 feet of new track.

More than 700,000 guests rode the Texas Giant in the 2009 season before the ride was closed for the renovation. Park officials said that could top one million this year.