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Deja Vu, Six Flags Magic Mountain - Review

Deja Vu - Review

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Ride Facts and Info

After months of delays this Giant Inverted Boomerang finally opened to the public at the end of August 2001. The ride is similar to Vekoma's popular Boomerang ride except that the track is inverted (like Invertigo) and features two 196-foot vertical towers, a 110-foot boomerang, and a 102-foot vertical loop, and just like on the original Boomerang - you get to do it all again backwards!

The trains are four across seating in a V-shaped design, that is, two seats next to each other in front, and one seat either side but further back. What the purpose of this is I don't know, but unless you are sitting in the very front seats, the side seats are much better as you get a better view during the ride. Odd numbers sit in the middle; even numbers sit on the outside seats. The restraints consist of a seat the usual overhead shoulder restraints, but they are more comfortable and spacious than the ones used for the Vekoma SLC and Invertigo.

Seating is assigned so there is no preferred seating on this ride; this is a really bad move on behalf of Six Flags, since when the ride first opened, they allowed you to wait for the front seat. I'm glad I had the opportunity to ride it in the front seat as the ride is so much better. I would not be too happy waiting in line for an hour to be forced into a seat in the middle of the train, and have to sit on the inside.


Ride Layout

Once boarded, the train quickly travels backwards out of the station and up the first tower. You are soon vertical and hanging face first in your seat, this is one ride where you will be grateful for the restraints. The hanging sensation is one of the scariest elements on a ride that I have experienced - everytime it installs fear, and the screams from the other riders adds to the ambiance.

The train is the released and hurtles through the station and up into the massive Boomerang. Next it's into the huge vertical loop and up the second vertical tower, and almost to the top! The loop and Boomerang are perfect - they are so smooth, and hopefully they will stay that way. The only slightly bumpy part is when the train catches the cable and even this is not really that noticeable. However, the ride is noticeably smoother in the front compared to the back.


Ride Evaluation

Backwards is very disorientating, but not as intense as going backwards on Invertigo since Déjà Vu seems to travel through the Boomerang slower. The ride then makes a final climb up the first vertical tower, when the train catches the cable again, you are jolted forward in your seat and can feel yourself hanging in your restraint - scary. Déjà Vu is an awesome experience and one of Vekoma's best rides to date, climbing the vertical towers is nothing short of excellent, and the rest of the ride is also very enjoyable.

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  • Deja Vu - Stats / Pictures
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Park Info
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Pictures
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Review

    Scoreboard
    Ride Experience:  9/10
    Theming:  5/10
    Landscaping:  5/10
    Queuing Area:  6/10
    Station:  7/10

    Overall: 

    9/10

    Information
    Times Ridden:  5
    Best Seat:  1:1
    Best Part of the Ride:  Lift hill
    Popularity:  100%
    Satisfaction:  90%
    On-ride Photo:  No

    Riding Sensations
    Airtime:  Low-Medium
    Lateral G's:  Low-Medium
    Positive G's:  Medium-High
    Out of Control:  Medium
    Intensity:  High
    Discomfort:  Low-Medium

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