Kingda Ka

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Kingda Ka's tower

Kingda Ka is a steel roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. Built in 2005 to be the worlds tallest and fastest roller coaster Kingda Ka is one of only two strata coasters in the world. Kingda Ka held the record for the worlds fastest roller coaster until the completion of Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Kingda Ka goes up 456 feet (139 m) and can go 128 miles per hour (206 km/h). It first opened on May 21, 2005. To get up 456 feet, the train is launched by a machine to 128 miles per hour in 3 seconds. The train goes up the tower, and back down. At the bottom the train goes over a hill while it is slowing down. Soon it is going slow enough to be able to arrive safely back where it started. The ride lasts 59 seconds.

History[change | edit source]

In the past it has been struck by lightning and shut down for almost a whole year. Also the launch cable snapped and they shut down for a while. Something happened to the braking fins so they shut down the ride. It also can get shut down by weather. The train is made so that if it rolls back it gets placed back for launch. This happens when the hydraulic launch system does not get enough power to get over the hill or the brakes on the top off the hill stop you too much. In Top Thrill Dragster it once got stuck at the top.

Story[change | edit source]

Kingda Ka is named for a 500 pound mythical tiger. A tiger in the safari was named after the roller coaster. It is surrounded by bamboo to make it look more real. It also plays music.

Features[change | edit source]

4 trains that hold 18 people each 9 rows 2 to a seat. Shoulder harnesses and buckles to keep the shoulder harness down make sure passengers are safe. At the top, passengers are weightless for 1 second, and the beautiful view is followed by a drop.

Restrictions[change | edit source]

Passengers must be 54 inches tall.

Other websites[change | edit source]

roll back sign
Kingda ka full view