The Texas Cyclone put Astroworld on the map with its opening in 1976. It was designed especially for Astroworld by William Cobb. The park wanted a Texas-sized version of the Coney Island Cyclone coaster, which the park had originally tried to purchase.
Astroworld’s cyclone boasted being bigger and faster than its predecessors, making it fitting for the state of Texas. The old wooden coaster may have looked simple from afar, but its high speeds, fast turns, and rickety ride made it one of the scariest in the park.
When it was first constructed, engineers tested out the ride by strapping in watermelons and hams to see if they would fly out.
Even with the safety restraints, part of what makes the ride thrilling is the fact that it pulls riders up into the air, lifting them off of the seats. These thrills kept the old wooden wonder popular even as more modern coasters opened in the park.