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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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Default Origin of the Giant Name

In the recent Star Telegram article on the Giant closing for reinovation, there was a line that stated that the Giant was name for the movie "Giant", which was filmed in Texas.

I don't know that that is wrong, but it certainly doesn't sound right to me and I have never heard it before.

In the first place, I always thought the formal name was "Texas Giant" and the movie name is just "Giant" (although it is set in Texas.) Second, I have never seen any themeing of any nature which implied a connection, such as Giant movie posters in the queue house. Finally, while the movie is important historically, it isn't one that many people today (or even when the ride was built) really connect to or associated with. It doesn't have the ongoing popularity of something like Gone with the Wind or the Wizard of Oz.

So, I was wondering if anyone had ever head this before anywhere?
Is there some real connection between the movie and the ride, or is this such a last minute effort to bring some Texas themeing to the name "Giant"?
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Old November 8th, 2009, 03:22 PM
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I don't think they meant for it to be tied directly in with the movie, but I was always under the impression that the movie was the inspiration for the name. Since it was going to be the tallest wooden coaster in the world at the time, they wanted a name that conjured the idea of enormity - and since the movie Giant was filmed and set in Texas, that seemed like a good fit.

I never heard anything official on that, but it was the scuttlebutt going around at the time.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 03:55 PM
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That's the first I'd heard of it also, but I can ask someone who might know.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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Those newspaper guys are always getting little tidbits like this wrong. I always heard it is just got its name because it is so big, and in Texas. Never heard of any movie references before.

What I would like to see is a ride named after that KISS movie that came out in the 70's that was so bad they had to use a dummy fill in for Peter Criss. Not filmed in Texas but....
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Old November 8th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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Those newspaper guys are always getting little tidbits like this wrong. I always heard it is just got its name because it is so big, and in Texas. Never heard of any movie references before.

What I would like to see is a ride named after that KISS movie that came out in the 70's that was so bad they had to use a dummy fill in for Peter Criss. Not filmed in Texas but....
It was a made-for-TV movie: KISS Meets the Phantom of the Amusement Park. Horrifically bad.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 05:19 PM
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Those newspaper guys are always getting little tidbits like this wrong. I always heard it is just got its name because it is so big, and in Texas. Never heard of any movie references before.

What I would like to see is a ride named after that KISS movie that came out in the 70's that was so bad they had to use a dummy fill in for Peter Criss. Not filmed in Texas but....
"KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" did indeed use Criss' stunt double for a few scenes since Criss was a no-show on occasion during filming.

"Giant" (starring Liz Taylor and James Dean) was filmed in Marfa Texas, also the home of the famous "Marfa Lights".

The Texas Giant may have had it's name partially influenced by the movie, but the Texas name was used on the coaster from the start. Just like on Judge Roy Scream, coaster names sometimes get shortened by park guests (Judge, Giant, Freeze, etc.).
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OVER ANALYZING! Texas Giant was named because it is IN Texas and it was at the time the largest Woody around. No movies, no movie posters, no MGM, No hollywood.
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Sounds like media BS. Just because something in print doesn't mean it's true.
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Sounds like media BS. Just because something in print doesn't mean it's true.
Bah, you always know something's true if "It's in the Enquirer!".
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I read the same article and that sentence also caught me off guard. Like others I had just assumed it was called Texas Giant because it was in Texas and was a Giant. I've never even heard of the movie.
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