GIB - Giant Inverted Boomerang. edit: while I was typing, I saw ^THAT^. Vekoma HAD been calling the Vu series GIBs. That changed I guess? Weird...
I just never thought there was THAT much difference, ridewise, between the *relatively reliable* Invertigoes and the DVs. The first Invertigo was PLAGUED, but after figuring out that the older (and more reliable) lift mechanism was the way to go, the other three Invertigoes have operated pretty consistently (although, IIRC, Two-Facce vallied that one time).
^^Chitown needs to get to SFoG, but the Vu is pretty far down on *my* list of reasons to go there. LOL!
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On the sign at Six Flags Great America, I think says "Super". Give a huge line baby!! With D Vu', there is no short of that. The more people stay in longer lines, the longer they stay at the park. Maybe, they will even stay an extra day. With X, Goliath, and D Vu' over there, people will stay longer (hopefully).
Take D Vu' out, and you will lose a lot of people. Well, maybe not at Six Flags Over Georgia. The mechanics are just something else over there. Maybe, they don't have enough, or not enough money, but it's just bad over there.
Speaking of Vekoma coasters, has anyone ridden that Tilt Coaster??? http://rcdb.com/id1357.htm That looks so darn cool. Does it break down a lot though? *** Edited 2/7/2007 6:11:10 PM UTC by Ilovthevu'***
^ How's that? Is that under the assumption Deja Vu is always closed? It has been operating consistently for over a year now, with little to no downtime. I can't speak for the ones at Atlanta and Gurnee though.
Last time I was at GAm (arguably the best of the SF parks), and my buddy needed the credit, we got on the FIRST train of the day, quite awhile after park opening. We were laughing about a clipboard that had capacity of the ride posted, IIRC, at 480/hr. The board op, waiting to dispatch, overheard us and said "yeah, not EVEN close". I find it VERY hard to believe that SFMM crews get a better throughput than GAm's do.
The things are maintenance hogs...and capacity nightmares. Assuming they're running...
But I think the most germane point to this argument goes like this: How many people visit with DV operating, and how many WOULD visit if DV were NOT operating? My guess...the difference would be less-than-negligible.
Props to Magic Mountain for FINALLY doing it the RIGHT way. Glad to hear Scream! is getting grass put in underneath, and glad to hear about everything else. If they keep true to their word 07 is going to be a VERY good season for SFMM.
matt. said: Take out Deja Vu and you go from having a coaster that (relatively) few people get to ride to a coaster no people get to ride.
Gotta go with Peabs on this one.
Take out the Vu, and guests will begin to wonder if there is some sort of fire sale going on. And considering the decline in attendance once word got out that the place might close, I wouldn't take that chance just yet. ;)