October 9, 2001
Gurnee, IL -- Six Flags Great America unveiled yet another prototype, record setting thrill ride Saturday, named Deja Vu. Dubbed the world's tallest, fastest suspended looping boomerang coaster, Deja Vu is the second of two new roller coasters to open at the park this year in an amazing and unprecedented capital expansion for the midwest theme park.
"Six Flags is known worldwide as the industry leader in quality thrill innovation, Gary Story, president of Six Flags, Inc., noted. "One of the most anticipated coasters of the year, Deja Vu is big time thrills at its best and a tremendous addition to the coaster line-up at Six Flags Great America."
"With the addition of this record breaking coaster, Six Flags Great America will be introducing a ride experience like no other," said Jim Wintrode, vice president and general manager of Six Flags Great America. "This is truly a next generation coaster and a first for anyone in the Midwest!"
Suspended from the track above, Deja Vu lifts riders out of the station and up the first striking blue tower dangling face down, to then simply drop into a complete vertical 18-story free fall reaching speeds of 65 mph before racing through an enormous 110-foot-tall butterfly turn followed by flying head-over-heels on the outside of a 102 foot-tall vertical loop and then, rocket up the second 178-foot tower. Only this time riders are on their back with nothing but the sky above.
The heart-pounding rush accelerates as the entire thrill is experienced again, only this time backwards. Twice the thrills all rolled into one adrenaline rushing, heart pounding new ride.
"Deja Vu pulls together the most exciting elements of traditional steel coasters and takes it to the next level in one breathtaking ride," said Jim Crowley, marketing director for Six Flags Great America. "The innovation and technology packed into this phenomenal coaster is unbelievable and riders get to experience it not once but twice. Forwards and backwards."
Deja Vu opened to the public on Saturday, October 6, opening day for the Park's annual Halloween spooktacular, Fright Fest. Deja Vu will continue to operate on weekends through October, the end of the season.
Designed and engineered exclusively for Six Flags, Deja Vu marks the 12th addition to Six Flags Great America's world-class roller coaster collection.
Deja Vu is not the only innovative new coaster to premier at Six Flags Great America. The park is known worldwide for pushing the envelope of extreme thrills. Six Flags Great America's other record-breaking coaster introductions include Shockwave (1988) -- the world's first coaster with seven inversions, Batman The Ride (1992) -- the world's first inverted looping coaster, and Raging Bull (1999) -- the world's first hypertwister roller coaster.
Earlier this season, Six Flags Great America introduced Vertical Velocity (V2). Powered by state-of-the-art linear induction motors (LIMs), V2 challenges conventional thrills by boldly going higher and faster. Originally developed for use by NASA, Vertical Velocity's LIMs harness magnetic power to provide pure acceleration, launching riders at 70 mph in less than four seconds. V2 rockets suspended riders, over the water, through 630 feet of U- shaped, twisted spiral steel track.
Deja Vu logo and artwork courtesy of Six Flags, Inc. All rights reserved.