Six Flags Great America officially announces 2001 additions

Posted Friday, March 2, 2001 4:22 AM | Contributed by Brandon Rodriguez

To the surprise of no one, Six Flags Great America officially announced the addition of Vertical Velocity and Deja Vu. Between the season pass mailer and the track sightings, everyone kind of saw this coming.

Read the press release on PR Newswire.

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Friday, March 2, 2001 4:25 AM
Six Flags Great America has also updated their webpage.

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Friday, March 2, 2001 4:40 AM
There was a snippet on the ABC news last night about the rides as well. No specifics but the names, but they showed footage of S:UE to explain Vertical Velocity.
Friday, March 2, 2001 8:17 AM
WOW you go to see actual photage of S:UE!? I don't think hardly anyone in Ohio has seen that yet :c)

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Friday, March 2, 2001 10:50 AM
I've never seen "Photage" but I have seen footage.
Friday, March 2, 2001 11:20 AM
I will one-up the ante here. I have actually have ridden S:UE. It is a nice kick in the pants. All of us Chitown natives will love the addition of V2. I also hope Deja Vu is great.

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Friday, March 2, 2001 11:31 AM
Will V2 be a taller version of SUE?
Friday, March 2, 2001 2:53 PM
rct_2000 i'm not sure... i think that's debatable... I remember not to long ago there was a back and forth argument over the height and speed of V2 because the speed was supposedly too fast for that low of a track, so I think it might actually be a SHORTER verion of S:UE
Friday, March 2, 2001 3:28 PM
ok, i am a little confused, on the site is says that deja vu will be 178ft or so. The deja vu in SFMM was supposed to be 196ft was it not? Is the terrain different, the stats wrong, or are these coasters actually going to actually be different sizes. If ours is shorter, i fail to see the logic in it, i mean if u are going to make a clone why would you shorten it, especially for a premier park in the chain like SFGAM. Or maybe i am just wrong, so please let me know
Friday, March 2, 2001 6:45 PM
is it just me or is the deja vu video the same as the sfmm one? and where's the v2 video? I do know one thing: day after prom or not, I'll be at the gates on May 5.
Friday, March 2, 2001 7:55 PM
More articles are available on Chicagos 2 most read newspapers. Here are the links.,1051,SAV-0103020343,00.html

Saturday, March 3, 2001 6:25 AM
I'm am psyced about Six Flags Addition this year. I know that I will be there opening day with my graduating class having a blast! I can't wait to ride Vertical Velocity but I am really pissed off that our Deja vu will be shorter! Hey, it says in the stats for Deja Vu that it will have two vertical drops, is that true or is it an exxageration? Another thing I am going to Washington DC with the class of 2001 and we are going to Bush Gardens Williamsburg, can anyone tell me why Drachen Fire was shut down, I was really excited to ride it and I can't seem to get info on it.

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Saturday, March 3, 2001 7:05 AM
If you look closely on the Six Flags website, they took pics of S:UE and an Invertigo and edited them to change the colors. They also removed the "S" logo from under S:UE's twisting spike.
Saturday, March 3, 2001 3:53 PM
I noticed that too.
May 5th, Gurnee, Illinois, "I'm sprinting for Deja Vu!"
Saturday, March 3, 2001 6:51 PM

As far as the heights of the two coasters go, here are the numbers that were presented to the Village of Gurnee. Since both coasters are in excess of 125 feet, two sepearate height variances were needed to be granted by the Village Of Gurnee before the park could build them.

The Village Board of Trustee's meeting minutes for Deja Vu are located here:

In them, Village Ordinance No. 2000-127, which grants a height variance to Six Flags Great America to allow portions of a proposed roller coaster to reach a height of 180 feet, as recommended by the Zoning Board of Appeals, and to publish in pamphlet form.

So, Deja Vu's two vertial towers would reach a height of 180 feet.

As far as Vertical Velocity goes, the minutes for that Village Board Meeting can be found at:

There, the Board of Trustee's voted to approve Village Ordinance 2000-149, which grants a height variation to Six Flags Great America to allow portions of a new roller coaster to reach a height of 185 feet, as recommended by the Zoning Board of Appeals, and to publish in pamphlet form.

This would be the height of the two spikes on Vertical Velocity.

So, Deja Vu would top out at 180 feet, and V2 would top out at 185 feet.

So, hopefully that will help clear up some of the confusion over how tall SFGAm's new coasters will be.

According to the Six Flags Ohio Webpage,
the stats for S:UE are as follows.
Top Speed 70 mph
Height 180 feet

So, looking at this, it would appear that V2 at SFGAm would be 5 feet taller on each end. But, that does not take into account that SFOhio (yea I's now SFWOA) may have rounded the number down to 180, and the fact that the Village of Gurnee may need to know and report the exact height of the ride, so they may be the same in height.

Unfortunally, the Village of Gurnee has yet to post the minutes from either of the Zoning Board of Appeals meetings. I say this since the minutes from the Board Meetings do not mention how fast either coaster will go, and since I was at both Appeals meetings, I do recall them saying the speed of both coasters, but I don't remember what they said the speeds were.

Hopefully, that helps out the discussion of how heigh the new coasters at SFGAm are suppose to be.


Brian A. Plencner
Sunday, March 4, 2001 4:13 PM
Good for them. It's good for them because they need to keep up with the competion of SFMM and Cedar Point.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 7:19 AM
Oh dude this is going to awsome. Im going there the first day they open! Now matter what Im there and riding the killer coasters. Right now Im keeping up with the construction, by looking at the pics. Its going very well.They got one off the supports up for the Daja vu. But no sign of the V2 contruction. They got bunch off tracks too. Its so cool


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