I heard they bought it for uber cheap and paid about 15 times as much to move it and reassemble it. So in the end, they paid a decent amount for it, but it was still a "steel" in comparison to what SF paid for it originally.
This will be just another fun ride at the park. Either one of its two woodies was already enough reason to visit though. :)
The ride was running reliably towards the end of it's run at Great America. It seems the decision was made a while back.
Having said that, of the people I know (a less than scientific survey, I know) it's about 30/70 with "good riddence, it never worked" to "there goes the best coaster they had".
Park-goers don't entirely consist of families with infants, and many appreciate a thrill here and there instead of the garbage replacement (term used lightly, TDKC was probably planned before this, but what average parkgoer would know this?) "took it's place". I can't think of anyone who would rather stand in lines comparable to Deja Vu's only to find Ragin' Cajun in a box than to actually endure the breakdowns and slow loading times of Deja Vu. Both promise a sizeable wait time, one actually makes it worth it. Thing is, this joke is hidden in a box and most don't know it until they blow two hours of their time.
*** Edited 7/26/2008 12:21:01 AM UTC by BullGuy***
Agreed- unless there was a way to keep it running consistantly (which in it's last year it seemed to do). My point of view is that another low capacity ride (TDKC) will be viewed as a replacement offering comparable wait times and less of a reward at the end. What happens to TDKC 2-3 years from now when the Heath Ledger hoopla dies down? Great movie, btw, but Godfather-esque? nope. This is Six Flags jumping on another commercial which to me at least has steadily contributed to the decline of the park experience in even the last 5 years. There was just a SFoT TR mentioning how nauseating it's grown to become (This Visa ATM sponsored by Mastercard!). Whatever you need to do to stay afloat I guess. This, I assume, is the price we pay for the Raging Bulls and Goliaths we enjoy.
*** Edited 7/26/2008 12:41:04 AM UTC by BullGuy***
The slow 90 degree vertical lift differentiates the Vu from anything out there (back seat a must), plus the steep 90 degree backwards drop is much more intense that the backwards drop on the impulses, which have the twist.
WildstangAlex, don't get your hopes up...Splash Battle kiddie water ride in the old Deja Vu spot for '09, leading to a slow transformation of County Fair into Kiddieland area in the next 5 years or so.