MM Deja Vu Media Day.

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:31 PM
Well it started out an early day yesterday, for I had to drive 3 hours from Fresno California to SIx Flags Magic Mountain. I got there at around 7:50 and got up and left Fresno around 5 AM. When we got there I signed in for the ACE media day on Deja Vu.

I got over to the Deja Vu area and ate some breakfast while talking to many coaster buddies from ACE and people who own websites. At around 9:30 I hopped on with a bunch of my friends for the first back row ride of my life on Deja Vu. We caught the second train and had to wait about 7 minutes for the news to put a camera on. "Clear, all clear" is the next thing I heard then we're off!

We got pulled up the first tower faster than I thought we would which helps the ol' package if you're a guy. We were dropped in a few seconds and got some WICKED air time before bottoming out for some great positive G's through the station and into the cobra roll. The cobra roll was great! Little bumpy comming out of the Cobra Roll into the Vertical Loop but the loop was great! Then we rocketed up the second tower about a third of the way before we latched onto the pully cart. It took us up very fast again and then before I knew it we were going backwards! Awesome back drop and HUGE G's right after the second drop into the Vertical Loop. Back into the cobra roll for a great, disoreantating experience before rocketing up the back tower again and catching onto the pulley cart to bring us down into the station.

A few riding tips are:
1. Keep you head foward while going fowards!
2. (I can't stress this enough) Sit towards the back it is smoother back there, a lot smoother!
3. If you are a guy you might want to sit on one of the two inside seats so you don't dangle in an uncomfortable place!

I thought this ride was Awesome, I rode it 18 times and I never got sick of it! I had a great time meeting people yesterday and riding all other coasters in the park. I give it a 9/10!
All I have to say is run you A** off to this ride when you go on a regular day! I was just talking to a friend who went today and got in line at 9:50 for the ride. He got on the 11th train which didn't leave the station till 11:30!!!!!!!!! That's 10 minutes a train. This is a great ride but so far it has HORRIBLE capacity!
magic mountain and CP rule
Better known as: magicmountainoverCP

Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:39 PM
Hey sounds like you had fun!! I live in Visalia!!
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Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:41 PM
I can't wait to take a ride on this. Sounds great. I guess I will have to settle for Face Off at PKI until next summer when I can get out there. :)
Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:51 PM
Please elaborate on tip #3.
Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:57 PM
Alright, sorry for not being clear. When you get into the line you have a choice for an outside or inside seat. The two inside seats have a metal guard right infront of them so you don't kick the computer that does the seat work and train work in front of you. Now when you are being pulled up backward you can put your feet on this and it will help you and not hurt at all. The outside seats however are very far away from each other and don't have this so your feat will dangle without being able to put them on anything. This can get painful if you are a man at times. Personally I would pick the inside two seats but it's your choice. It's not that bad though on the outside.
magic mountain and CP rule
Saturday, August 25, 2001 2:06 PM
It would seem that the inside seats wouldn't have much of a view, however.  But maybe a better view isn't worth the price. 

Two questions: Did you ever ride in the very front, and how do you think Deja Vu compares to the Intamin Impulses?

Saturday, August 25, 2001 2:25 PM
Be warned.  Do not put your feet on those metal coverings on the way up!  Your legs will be crushed.  But, on the way back down (the final brakes are actually the pulley catching you 2/3 the way back up the first tower), that is where the the inside seats come in handy: you are able to brace yourself on the metal covering from the row in front of you and save yourself from pain in that area.

Now instead of adding a whole new topic for the same thing, I'll do my trip report on media day.  I arrived at the park at 6:45AM because it was the only way I had a ride.  Chatted with some ACE members until around 9 when I met up with some friends.  We checked in and headed to deja vu.  Met up with somemore people from ACE (including chris senn), waited until Del gave his speech (which was basically just the press release) and then it was off to ride deja vu! 

I got the train after chris senn, same back row as him, man oh man, what a ride!  Going up the tower is an experience on its own, your as far out of your seat as you can possibly be!  Then once you hit the top you are just released, and man oh man, the airtime on that drop is nuts!  Then its through the cobra roll followed by the loop, which was very disorienting.  After the loop you fly about 1/2 up the tower before the pulley cart catches you and pulls you the rest of the way up the tower.  When you are released, again extreme airtime and a very disorienting ride this time going through the loop backwards followed by the cobra roll backwards.  Finally as I stated above  You fly through the station backwards about 2/3 of the way up the tower and the pulley cart catches you again. Again your as far off your seat as you can possibly be slowly descending back in to the station.

Overall, a great ride.  I give it an 8/10.  My only complaint would have to be is the ride is too bumpy for a new coaster!  Not any headbanging though.

Now for my Deja Vu tips:

1. Do not lean foward upon returning to the station.  When they release the OTSR's, if you are leaning foward, that bar that comes across your chest will smack you in the chin.

2. Get to the ride ASAP.  This ride is going to suffer from major capacity problems.  The OTSR's are hard to pull down and in some cases need assistance to get off.  That on top of it being a new ride, with a generally untrained crew (they were training at media day), is going to cause extremely long lines!

3. Get the back.  Provides a much better ride.

4. Although the lines will be long, you have to try both the middle and outside seats.

Saturday, August 25, 2001 3:07 PM
Sounds like a awesome ride! I only wish the one over here at SFGAm would open. Why is it that our's was the last one opened(Or at least as I'v heard that SFoG's one is opening before ours).
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