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Six Flags Great America Set to Debut Second Monster Coaster This Year --

The World's Tallest and Fastest, Suspended Looping Boomerang Roller Coaster

Oct 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags, Inc. announces the opening
 of yet another prototype, record setting thrill ride -- Deja Vu -- the world's
 tallest and fastest suspended looping boomerang coaster. Deja Vu is the second
 of two new roller coasters to open this year at Six Flags Great America, an
 amazing and unprecedented capital expansion for the Midwest's premier theme
     "Six Flags is known worldwide as the industry leader in quality thrill
 innovation, Gary Story, president of Six Flags, Inc., noted.  "One of the most
 anticipated coasters of the year, Deja Vu is big time thrills at its best and
 a tremendous addition to the coaster line-up at Six Flags Great America."
     "With the addition of this record breaking coaster, Six Flags Great
 America will be introducing a ride experience like no other," said Jim
 Wintrode, vice president and general manager of Six Flags Great America.
 "This is truly a next generation coaster and a first for anyone in the
     Think you've experienced it before, think again.  Suspended from the track
 above, Deja Vu lifts riders out of the station and up the first striking blue
 tower dangling face down ...  to then  ...   simply  ...  drop into a complete
 vertical 18-story free fall reaching speeds of 65 mph before racing through an
 enormous 110-foot-tall butterfly turn followed by flying head-over-heels on
 the outside of a 102 foot-tall vertical loop  ...  then, rocketing up the
 second 178-foot tower - only this time riders are on their back with nothing
 but the sky above.  The heart-pounding rush accelerates as the entire thrill
 is experienced again ...  only this time backwards! Twice the thrills all
 rolled into one adrenaline rushing, heart pounding new ride!
     "Deja Vu pulls together the most exciting elements of traditional steel
 coasters and takes it to the next level in one breathtaking ride," said Jim
 Crowley, marketing director for Six Flags Great America. "The innovation and
 technology packed into this phenomenal coaster is unbelievable and riders get
 to experience it not once but twice.  Forwards and backwards."
     And at last, the moment Six Flags Great America guests have been waiting
 for is here!  Deja Vu will open to the public on Saturday, October 6, opening
 day for the Park's annual Halloween spooktacular, Fright Fest.
     Designed and engineered exclusively for Six Flags, Deja Vu marks the 12th
 addition to Six Flags Great America's world-class roller coaster collection.
     Deja Vu is not the only innovative new coaster to premier at Six Flags
 Great America. The park is known worldwide for pushing the envelope of extreme
 thrills. Six Flags Great America's other record-breaking coaster introductions
 include Shockwave (1988) -- the world's first coaster with seven loops, Batman
 The Ride (1992) -- the world's first suspended outside looping coaster, and
 Raging Bull (1999) -- the world's first hyper-twister coaster.
     Earlier this season, Six Flags Great America introduced Vertical Velocity
 (V2).  Powered by state-of-the-art linear induction motors (LIMs), V2
 challenges conventional thrills by boldly going higher and faster.  Originally
 developed for use by NASA, Vertical Velocity's LIMs harness magnetic power to
 provide pure acceleration, launching riders at 70 M.P.H. in less than four
 seconds.  V2 rockets suspended riders, over the water, through 630 feet of U-
 shaped, twisted spiral steel track.
     Six Flags Great America is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world's largest
 regional theme park company.  The company owns and operates 39 parks
 throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.  Six Flags theme parks
 serve 40 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.  The parks
 annually host more than 50 million guests worldwide.  A publicly held
 corporation, Six Flags, Inc. maintains corporate offices in New York City and
 Oklahoma City.  The company's stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS.
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