Friday, August 17, 2001 7:04 PM
I can think of a couple of poorly designed Vekoma rollercoasters. Both are at SFWoA. First, there is the X-Flight. The flying coaster idea is a good one, unless you neglect to make certain that there is enough speed to make you feel like you are flying.
The other is Mind Eraser, the boomerang. I noticed a few things about this one--mainly train design and worthless ergonomics inside the car.
So, my question is: "How long will Deja Vu last?"
Or rather, "how bad will Vekoma screw up?"
If not at all, the ride should last quite a while. But what would it take to make a relatively short ride no longer profitable?
Unlike S:UE/V2 rides, which cash in on incredible acceleration due to the LIMs, the Deja Vu has few amazing features. Sure, there's the really tall drops, the awesome half-loop/half-corkscrew/half-corkscrew/half-loop combination. Then there's the going backwards thing. But once you get past all that, is it likely that the rides will remain in the parks longer than 5 years?
In Vekoma's defense, I have this to say: Serial Thriller is awesome!
PS- nobody get mad at me.... This was meant to be controversial... I've never been on the ride, so what do I know?
Friday, August 17, 2001 7:07 PM
You forgot to mention the drops are VERTICAL! Whoa, let's hope Vekoma's OTSRs hold ;).
Friday, August 17, 2001 7:48 PM
Yes it will last
Friday, August 17, 2001 8:29 PM
Why wouldn't it last?
It looks just as exciting as V2 in my opinion.
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Saturday, August 18, 2001 1:52 AM
It will last, soely for the fact that they are taking so long to get up and running. Hopefully what's going on now with the Déjà Vu's will be the only problem faced by the parks that have them. And hopefully Vekoma finally has a ride that will last.
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Saturday, August 18, 2001 2:14 AM
I almost fell out of the ostrs on X-flight, i knew that guy didnt check it good enough, so i did feel like i was flying
Saturday, August 18, 2001 3:36 AM
I hope they tear it down, put the Sky Whirl back, and take the dismantled DejaVu to SFAW or SFEG.
*** This post was edited by MFRULES on 8/18/2001. ***
Saturday, August 18, 2001 4:06 AM
Why would the park purchase this Multi-Million dollar project if it 'didn't last?'
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Saturday, August 18, 2001 6:09 AM
You could not almost fall out of X-Flight. Have you ever seen the computers in those trains? They don't let it dispatch if the harnesses are too loose.
However, the comment about Vekoma OTR'S, I have never had one open fully, but I have had the "up a notch or two" happen more than once. It is one thing on a lifthill, but on a vertical lift hill.
Saturday, August 18, 2001 7:29 AM
I think this a forum looking for a problem that doesn't exist. It's made out of steel. It'll survive long after we're dead if they decide to keep it around.
Saturday, August 18, 2001 7:33 AM
I think it will be mass cloned. So yes, it will last. I also think SF will purchase normal invertigos, and call them Deja Vu, so in a sense, the name will last too. Notice one thing, Twister in WB MovieWorld Madrid is a Deja Vu, (GIB) except with a different name, so that also proves that it will last.
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Saturday, August 18, 2001 9:24 AM
Yes they will last, but I've got a hunch that they probably will become a major maintenance problem. This is all based on personal opinion of things experienced with other Vekoma rides.
Saturday, August 18, 2001 9:50 AM
Well, think about all the rollercoasters that never lasted very long at SFGAm: Z-Force (moved somewhere else), Tidal Wave (moved somewhere else), and Rolling Thunder (I hope to God they junked this one...).
How long until Deja Vu is moved as well?
*** This post was edited by JoNoJ27 on 8/18/2001. ***
Saturday, August 18, 2001 10:36 AM
I find it funny that so many people hate Vekoma. But at the same time, love the Space Mountains and Big Thunder Mountains.
Saturday, August 18, 2001 10:53 AM
No the dshoulder ones, its was the legs ones, and one leg did come out, i had to get it back in and quick.