ARLINGTON After being closed for nearly two months, the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas was open for business again on Saturday.

There were mixed feelings about the iconic ride following the July tragedy in which a passenger fell to her death.

I'm going to ride it. I always ride it, said Sally Shearin.

I did not go over there... and did not ride it, said Saketha Savage.

But one attraction was drawing as much attention as the ride: A new test seat in front of the new Texas Giant start-line. It gives a sneak peek into what's new on the ride.

Six Flags said it installed seat belts and redesigned the lap bar restraint.

The theme park says sitting in the test seat is voluntary, but it's a good test just to see if you can physically get on the new Texas Giant.

The ride was shut down for two months as investigators tried to figure out how Rosy Esparza fell from a car and died.

Texas giant riders told News 8 that ride operators were extra diligent on Saturday as they checked and rechecked to make sure people were fastened in.

It feels like it took longer than usual, said Taylor Leonard.

We noticed some people being turned away after failing to comply with the physical limits of the ride.

Some riders came away feeling safer after the ride. Others even felt the ride was smoother.

They should have individual seat belts on every roller coaster, one rider said.

The Texas Giant will continue to roar, even as the Esparza family files a lawsuit against Six Flags.

The park denies that her death was due to any mechanical failure, and representatives have said they are heartbroken over the tragedy. Six Flags is saying little else because of the lawsuit.


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