Six Flags Great America Announces Plans to Elevate Thrills To The Ultimate Extreme

Record Breaking Addition of Two New Coasters Will Make History

At Six Flags Great America

Mar 01, 2001, 00:00 ET from Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Flags Great America stunned the
 theme park world today by unveiling plans to erect an unprecedented two new
 monster roller coasters, that promise to stretch the limits of thrills for the
 2001 season.
     "Today's announcement is record breaking and history making for Six Flags
 Great America," said Jim Wintrode, vice president and general manager.  "Never
 before has Six Flags Great America added two world-class roller coasters in
 the same season.  The introduction of these rides thrusts the park's coaster
 count to an astounding 12, launching the park into the stratosphere of thrill
     Headlining this year's unparalleled addition at Six Flags Great America is
 one of the most innovative advancement in coaster thrills of the past ten
 years -- 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 through 630
 feet of U-shaped, twisted steel track over water.  Once fired out of the
 station, the vehicle rockets up a 185-foot spiral tower providing the ultimate
     After traversing the first peak, the guests swoop backward through the
 station and up a second, 185-foot tower.  The ride repeats twice with riders
 going vertical three times to the front and two times to the back of the
 track.  At the completion of the powerful, lightning-fast journey, guests have
 ridden over 2,700 feet of steel, challenging the laws of physics and gravity
 with pure Vertical Velocity.
     Complementing V2 is yet another powerhouse thrill machine, Deja Vu, the
 first of its kind in the world.  Deja Vu is a twin thrill machine with tight
 pulsating curves and inclines that will turn the heads of even the most avid
 thrill seeker.
     Suspended in a single ski-lift style train, guests climb a 178-foot tower
 at a 90-degree angle using "cable-lift" technology.  Deja Vu pulls passengers
 up the tower faster and quieter than conventional chain lifts.  Thrill seekers
 then plummet straight down and face down at 65 M.P.H. through a 110-foot high
 boomerang turn and over the outside of a vertical loop.
     The train then lifts up a second 178-foot tower using the cable lift
 system.  Once the vehicle has reached the top, guests will be released and
 then travel the entire course again... backwards.
     "Deja Vu features several unique elements that are all rolled into one
 ride experience," said Wintrode.  "Deja Vu delivers a unique ride experience,
 unmatched in size, speed and scale that can't be duplicated on another
     Scheduled to open in early spring, both coasters are currently under
 construction.  "This year the thrills at Six Flags Great America will be
 unmatched," Wintrode concluded.  "In celebration of Six Flags' historic 40th
 anniversary, it is only fitting that we add two coasters on the cutting-edge
 of thrills and technology.  The Six Flags brand has always been known for
 producing thrill rides that can't be beat.  In 2001, Six Flags Great America
 will take our guests farther and faster than ever before in this grand Six
 Flags tradition."
     Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company with a
 total of 40 parks in North America, Europe and Latin America.  Six Flags parks
 serve 20 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.  The parks
 annually host more than 50 million guests worldwide.  A publicly held
 corporation with corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City, the
 company's stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS.

SOURCE Six Flags Great America