Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.
Height: 456 ft
Drop: 418 ft
Length: 3,118 ft
Speed: 128 mph
Duration: 28 seconds
Kingda Ka is a roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA. It is the tallest roller coaster in the world. The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet (139 meters).
Kingda Ka was officially introduced on September 29, 2004, at an event held for the media and enthusiasts. It was revealed that the ride would become “the tallest and fastest roller coaster on earth”, reaching 456 feet and accelerating up to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds.Upon completion, Kingda Ka took both the “tallest” and “fastest” world records from the 2 year old Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. Since Intamin designed both Top Thrill Dragster and Kingda Ka, both rides share a nearly identical design and layout, differing only in theme and Kingda Ka’s post-tower “bunny” hill.
On January 13, 2005, Kingda Ka was topped off at its 456-foot (139 m) height, finishing construction. Kingda Ka opened to the public on May 21, 2005, with a media day two days before.
During a test run with no passengers on June 6, 2005, a bolt failure caused damage to the launch cable, resulting in closure of the ride until August 2005, and the reconfiguration of the line area. The ride was also struck by lightning in early May 2009; the strike caused the ride to be unreliable and necessitated complicated repairs. The ride was operational from May 31, 2009, to June 24, 2009, but remained closed for maintenance until August 21, 2009.