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  • For guys like me, there is only one substantiate reason to go to an amusement park, it“s „the roller coaster“ also called as the scream machine. The history of this ride reflects a constant search for greater and more death-defying thrills. I always had a wish in my mind to visit Six Flag“s Magic Mountain Theme park, as I have heard via many channels that Magic Mountain in California is an open field for thrill and excitement, also the park is well known for its Roller Coaster rides. As I“m a dying fan of Roller coaster I made up time to visit the park to enjoy the ride. Here am going to share that unforgettable moment with the undisputed thrilling roller coaster „Deja vu“ – an amazing and unprecedented capital expansion for the Midwest“s premier theme.

    My Ride Experience with Deja Vu Site

    I entered the park with loads of expectation and I was pretty sure that the park is fully loaded with lots of thrilling rides. I passed by many rides, however in specific I really wanted to check out Deja vu. Eventually, after some walk in the park, there came the moment when I actually sited the entrance for Deja vu. Watching in amazement I jumped in to join the long awaiting queue and began to question myself, „what“s new in it?“ Meanwhile, the coaster just crossed by me on its track with a lightning speed. Yes, it is Deja vu! It“s really fast, I couldn“t catch the image of it, just got a whooping sound and within seconds it“s gone. It impressed me a lot and it hyped the urge in me to get on it. There was a sense of anticipation as I waited in the lines for the ride. The lines that seemed to go on forever, that never seemed to move fast enough. However I convinced myself that it“s worth waiting. The thought of experiencing this high speed coaster terrified me. I also knew there were many loops in it and being a fresher having not experienced much with a giant coaster like Deja vu I didn“t know what to expect and how the feeling would be. I couldn“t resist myself to get on board.

    It was soon my turn and I stepped into the train. The attendants strapped me in, lowered the bar on my lap, verified all the check and gave the final signal for the monster to start. I absolutely made sure that I was safely strapped in and gripped to the shoulder restraint in readiness I was pretty convinced with the security measures and gained the confidence that the ride is safe enough. I could hardly contain myself and I was all set to go. The real thrill had begun, with the car taking off, increasing speed, making unexpected turns, slowly plodding up steep inclines, and then suddenly dropping on the other side, with the car increasing speed. It“s a non-stop breathtaking and heart pounding exhilaration. Holding on tight and closing my eyes and within seconds we whizzed through the first 360º loop. It all happened in seconds and was difficult to actually realize. As the ride hurtled on, I began to relax a little, opened my eyes to enjoy the ride. Entering the boomerang or cobra roll are sent through a quick three punch series of head-over-heel inversions, which is sure to leave your throat dry from screaming and your head a bit disoriented. It was incredibly exhilarating and a lot smoother than I expected. I did feel that my head shook about a lot so I pushed it well back into the seat.

    Deja Vu is an excellent roller coaster that features a state-of-the-art thrill ride technology. Deja vu ride would flip you, spin you, twirl you, drop you and toss you. Some spin to the point where you can hardly stand. Others flip you upside down over and over and over again. And a few drop, leaving you with nothing but butterflies in your stomach. The effect of the ride lasts for sometime even when you are done with it. You might feel that you are still swinging in the air. Though the ride is over you mind still flashes the memory that you are still in the loop, going upside down and cruising at a top speed. It“s a pleasant feeling and stays forever. I bet that everyone who had an experience with Deja vu would remember the day he/she got on to it.

    As the ride came to an end I was actually disappointed that it was over. I couldn“t resist myself to get on it again, so I decided that I had to ride again to experience the mere thrill pleasure once more.

    Technical Specification that Makes Deja Vu, the World“s Tallest, Fastest Suspended Looping Roller coaster

    I did explore some basic facts about Deja vu before I visited the park. It“s my behavior to do some research on subject which I“m curious about. I did collect some basic and in depth information about Deja vu just to understand why the ride is so special and I hope it would be interesting for those who are tech savvy like me. 

    Here are some basic facts about Deja vu:

    Vekoma super sized its standard Boomerang roller coaster to create Deja Vu, the super boomerang in 2001 and then inverted the trains for added thrills. Unlike the previous versions Vekoma takes this ride to the extreme by increasing the size and adding new elements to push the envelope in coaster design. It belongs to the family of Multi-element Inverted Shuttle type and falls under the bucket of Giant inverted boomerang type.

    The length of the track measures 1204 feet with a Height of 191ft 7inches. It can cruise up to 65.6 mph. About the inversions, it has 102-foot tall vertical loop and 110-foot tall boomerang. The train has eight cars with one row each, seating four abreast per row. The seats are quite comfortable and safe enough. The machine has got a capacity to ride 870 passengers per hour. Suspended from the overhead track riders fly through three inverting elements going once forwards and then repeating them backwards after free-falling from two 20-story tall, vertical towers at opposite ends makes it very special and add thrill to the ride.
    Riders, strapped into sleek ski-lift-style chairs suspended from the track above, will be dangled face down out of the station and up a blue tower, which is visible from all over The Santa Clarita Valley. Then the chairs will drop into a vertical 20-story free-fall before looping around a 102-foot turn followed by a 110-foot butterfly curve. Then, riders will skyrocket up a 200-foot tower on their backs and do the entire ride again, backward. Once you“re underway, different types of wheels helps keep the ride smooth. Running wheels guide the coaster on the track whereas friction wheels control lateral motion (movement to either side of the track). A final set of wheels keeps the coaster on the track even if it“s inverted. Compressed air brake stops the car as the ride ends. There is only one constraint to get on board, which is the physical requirement. You must be at least 54 inches and less than 76 inches tall. I“m lucky enough to meet the criteria which got me into the ride.


    Deja vu – Looping Coaster

    Deja vu is a looping coaster and the special loops add enormous thrill to the ride. One of the most exciting elements in Deja vu coaster is the „loop-the-loop“ technique. These structures turn the whole world upside down for a few seconds. Let“s take a closer look and try to understand what looping is all about.

    When you go around a loop-the-loop, your inertia not only produces an exciting acceleration force but also keeps you in the seat when you“re upside down. Deja Vu roller coaster“s loop-the-loop is a sort of centrifuge, just like a merry-go-round. In a merry-go-round, the spinning platform pushes you out in a straight line away from the platform. The constraining bar at the edge of the merry-go-round stops you from following this path; it is constantly accelerating you towards the center of the platform. The loop-the-loop in a roller coaster acts exactly the same way as a merry-go-round. As you approach the loop, your inertial velocity is straight ahead of you. But the track keeps the coaster car, therefore your body from traveling along this straight path. The force of your acceleration pushes you from the coaster-car floor, and your inertia pushes you into the car floor. Your own outward inertia creates a sort of false gravity that stays fixed at the bottom of the car even when you“re upside down. You need a safety harness for security, but in most loop-the-loops, you would stay in the car whether you had a harness or not.


    As you move around the loop, the net force acting on your body is constantly changing. At the very bottom of the loop, the acceleration force is pushing you down in the same direction as gravity. Since both forces push you in the same direction, you feel especially heavy at this point. As you move straight up the loop, gravity is pulling you into your seat while the acceleration force is pushing you into the floor. You feel the gravity pulling you into your seat, but (if your eyes are still open) you can see that the ground is no longer where it should be.

    At the top of the loop, when you“re completely upside down, gravity is pulling you out of your seat towards the ground, but the stronger acceleration force is pushing you into your seat towards the sky. Since the two forces pushing you in opposite directions are nearly equal, your body feels very light. As in the sharp descent, you are almost weightless for the brief moment when you are at the top of the loop. As you come out of the loop and level out, you become heavy again. The loop-the-loop is amazing because it crams so much into such a short length of track. The varying forces put your body through the whole range of sensations in a matter of seconds. While these forces are shaking up all the parts of your body, your eyes see the entire world flip upside down. To many coaster riders, this moment at the top of the loop, when you“re light as a feather and all you can see is the sky, is the best part of the whole ride. This aspect of Deja vu makes it a very special one and gives the riders an undisputed thrilling effect.

    We feel almost sunk during the ride – Let“s discuss why?

    “Air time” has a strange effect on your body because your body is not completely­ solid it is composed of many loosely connected parts. When your body is accelerated, each part of your body is accelerated individually. The seat pushes on your back, the muscles in your back push on some organs and those organs push on other organs. This is why you feel the ride with your whole body. Everything inside is being pushed around. Normally, all the parts of your body are pushing on each other because of the constant force of gravity. But in the “free-fall” state of plummeting down a hill, there is hardly any net force acting on you. In this case, the various pieces of your body are not pushing on each other as much. They are all, essentially, weightless, each falling individually inside your body. This is what gives you that unique sinking feeling in your stomach. Your stomach is suddenly very light because there is less force pushing on it.

    On a roller coaster, this full-body sensation is complemented by all sorts of visual cues the upside-down turns, dizzying heights and passing structures. Visual cues are an important part of the ride because they tell you that you are going fast. Your body can“t feel velocity at all; it can only feel change in velocity (acceleration).

    The only reasons you know that you are moving quickly on Deja vu  is that the support structure is whipping past you at top speed, and the air is rushing in your face. Roller-coaster designers make sure to create plenty of tight fits and near misses to make you feel like you“re rocketing through the structure at out-of-control speeds.

    Deja vu - unique of it“s kind
    Deja Vu is big time thrills at its best and a tremendous addition to the coaster line-up at Six Flags Magic Mountain. With the addition of this record breaking coaster, Six Flags Great America has introduced a ride experience like no other rides. This is truly a next generation coaster and a first for anyone in the Midwest.
    Deja Vu pulls together the most exciting elements of traditional steel coasters and takes it to the next level in one breathtaking ride 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 combines and delivers a brand new twist; riders fly forwards and backwards over twisting, looping inverted steel track. Strapped in sleek ski lift-style chairs suspended from the track above, Deja Vu sends riders flying out of the station like Batman. The Ride only this time it“s over the outside of a vertical loop and a giant 110-foot high boomerang double inversion with nothing but the sky above their dangling feet. You actually get double the pleasure „one forward, one time backward“.  The innovation and technology packed into this phenomenal coaster is unbelievable and riders get to experience it not just once but twice.

    Using a cable lift instead of a traditional chain lift the train will be able to quickly climb the tower before being released. Without warning riders are sent into a straight vertical dive back into the station for a quick flyby at speeds of 65 mph before leaving to enter a massive 110-foot tall double inversion boomerang


    Winding out of the twisted boomerang the train drops toward the ground and then is sent soaring once more around the third inversion, a 102-foot vertical loop. Quickly rounding the final inversion riders then face the sky as the train heads straight up the second vertical spike burning off any remaining speed. A second cable lift will kick in to give the train the extra boost to reach the top of the second 196-foot vertical tower, where riders can see nothing but the sky above. Without warning the cable disengages and the train begins its vertical decent with riders in freefall this time backwards!

    Traveling in reverse the train repeats this course of three inversions while traveling once again at speeds approaching 65 mph, before returning to the safety of the station.

    Roller coasters are often known for their speed. But in order to reach mind-numbing speeds, they have to first scale vertigo-inducing heights (at least in traditional non-launched coasters). The world“s ten tallest roller coasters listed here make the grade for having the ten tallest drops. Most of the world“s best roller coasters are all made of steel; they come in a variety of designs and use an assortment of launch systems to catapult their rides into the record books.

    What you may not realize as you“re cruising down the track at 60 miles an hour is that the coaster has no engine. The car is pulled to the top of the first hill at the beginning of the ride, but after that the coaster must complete the ride on its own. You aren“t being propelled around the track by a motor or pulled by a hitch. The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives Deja Vu, and all of the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill.


    Butterfly Curve:

    20-story free-fall before looping around a 102-foot turn followed by a 110-foot butterfly curve., There are two plane curves called the butterfly curve, one algebraic and one transcendental:

    • Algebraic Butterfly curve
    • Transcendental Butterfly curve

    Then, riders skyrocket up a 200-foot tower on their backs – and do the entire ride again, backward. Trust me the first drop is crazy and intense. It“s forceful, and it“s unique because of the vertical drop – you get a full falling sensation. Deja vu stands a unique ride from others as it has got unexpected loops and it seems to be a never ending fun. Undoubtedly, it is the first coaster of a specific kind, style, or manufacturing material which is proved to be a ground-breaking thriller.

    In my experience Deja vu is one of the most breathtaking and newest rides that I have ever encountered. It is no surprise that the Six Flags Magic Mountain, located in California, attracts thrill seekers from each corner of our planet. Six Flags theme parks serve 40 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States and approximately host more than 50 million guests worldwide.  The core reason for this fact is it has the largest collection of sixteen extreme roller coasters and Deja vu is the remarkable one among those. If you like fast, large roller coasters, you will love Magic Mountain. If you ask me “What particularly attracts the attention of the whole world towards Six Flags Magic Mountain?” I would undoubtedly say it because of Deja vu roller coaster.



    Roller Coaster: Déjà Vu
    Amusement Park: Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California 91355 USA)
    Classification: Roller Coaster
    Type: Steel – Inverted
    Status: Operating since 8/25/2001
    Make / Model: Vekoma / Giant Inverted Boomerang
    Categories: Shuttle
    Capacity: 870 riders per hour
    Length: 367 m  
    Height: 58.4 m  
    Drop: 53.9 m  
    Inversions: 3  
    Speed: 105.6 kph  
    Duration: 1:32  
    Max Vertical Angle: 90 Degrees  
    G-Force: 4.5  
    Elements: 33.5 m tall Cobra Roll (Boomerang)

    31.1 m tall Loop

    Trains: Single train with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders.
      Riders must be between 1.37 m and 1.93 m to ride.
      The outside seats of each row are offset a little to the rear, making each row a small v-shape.

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  1. #1 No says:
    May 29, 2009 at 22:56

    That sounds disgusting. Roller coasters are the worst invention on the planet. I feel for the many people exposed to rides like these. It’s truly unfortunate.

  2. #2 pool pump says:
    March 18, 2011 at 16:55

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