This rumor is starting to seem almost legitimate in light of the fact that none of the GIBs in the US are performing at present. I'm not even sure if any have a train on the track.
In case the link doesn't work, the rumor states that SFGAm's Deja Vu will be removed at the end of the season. All I can say is, this would be devastating -- it's an outstanding ride, in my opinion.
There is also a serious rumor floating around www.Sfgamworld.com in a forum that DV may not open at all this season because of a recently discovered defect. (Extremely vague, I'll grant you that).
This ride was performing perfectly in 30 degree weather last November. It seemed as if all was finally figured out. What gives? Something major is up with these things, and I don't think it's the seats.
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Edit: I also noticed you mentioned my site in the topic, I have read no such rumors on my site.
Final Deja Vu Count for the 2002 Season: 52
Superman: Ultimate Flight Count (SFGAm) = 40
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It really makes you scratch your head - why did they put in a ride that is so similar to Vertical Velocity (inverted shuttle with vertical drops) in the same year?
But, as a frequent visitor, I could honestly say that I wouldn't care. Let's just say this DID happen. I'm not saying it will, or even that there is a halfway decent chance, but honestly. Going there and seeing its name off the 'May not be operating today' board is a bigger surprise than seeing it there.
When the ride IS open, the wait is usually unnecessarily long, and not one of the more enjoyable to wait through.
Face it - compared to other rides, at least, in my opinion, the ride is butt-ugly. :) Too many supports, too many platforms, etc. That shouldn't hurt, but it can't help a bit.
Again, this isn't likely. It'll cost money to remove it, and when it IS open, it is a draw, but I look at it this way. I rode it. It was fine. It got rougher as time passed, and I seriously doubt that, barring a nonexistant line, I'll ever feel compulsed to ride it again.
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It may have re-opened since then.
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If the problem with Deja Vu is the cold weather, why did it run flawlessly the entire day last November when it was about 30 degrees outside?
I really doubt there's any truth at all to those rumors about the ride being removed at all. But, I guess you never know. Stranger things have happened. I think it's much more likely that they're currently working on issues with the ride to try and make it more reliable for the summer months.
You have to remember, it's not uncommon for parks to open early in the season and not have all the rides operational. Great America has had a busy off season with trying to get Superman ready for opening day. That was obviously their number one priority.
I expect that by the end of the month, if not sooner, both V2 and Deja Vu will be operating just fine.
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Tear it down. I don't care for the ride and it is an eyesore.
Have you ridden it? Anybody that has ridden it would not make any comment of the sort. ;)
And coaster895, how much do you know about the ride and vekoma? I mean I can see where you draw your conclusion of a new computer system correcting the problems, but how much hands on experience/first hand reports have you heard on why the ride malfunctions? Basically, what you hear on these boards is rarely from somebody who really KNOWS for a fact first hand.
And for those of you who say that it would have no benefit to remove it and the park would have wasted all that money on it. I'm not even sure if the parks did spend all that much money on them. If I'm not mistaken, Six Flags is/was in some court case against Vekoma in which they would discontinue the payment for the rides or would get an extreme discount on them. How much do you really know they spent on the rides? Taking it out and putting in another ride may not be such a bad idea for the park, the gp is always furious when it is down.
So what fits there, you ask, that can maybe replace the intensity and draw of Deja Vu? Can you say Mr. Freeze with lap bar restraints and higher capacity than Deja Vu, or how about a carefully planned Intamin Rocket coaster? If it was a choice between those two, I think Six Flags would choose the Mr. Freeze, because they don't seem to have much assosiation with Intamin, but Mr. Freeze would be a much different ride than V2!
Warning: I do not think like the average person. My remarks have plenty of thought behind them. Take it for what it's worth, if you disagree, please, feel free to express it, but don't put me down because of it.
*** This post was edited by SFGAMDie HARD 5/4/2003 3:04:25 PM ***
I ride the other two for a credit it they're running next time in I'm GA and CA.
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