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Kingda Ka is a steel launched roller coaster located in The Golden Kingdom at Six Flags Great Adventure. It was designed by Vekoma and built by Stakotra and Martin & Vleminckx and opened on May 21, 2005. It is the world's tallest roller coaster, the world's second fastest roller coaster, and was the second strata coaster ever built.

History

Construction

Plans to build Kingda Ka were announced on September 10, 2004 at a special event held for the media and roller coaster enthusiasts. The event revealed the park's goal to build "the tallest and fastest roller coaster on earth", reaching 456 feet and accelerating up to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds.

On January 13, 2005, Kingda Ka's tower construction was completed.

Opening

On May 21, 2005, the ride opened to the public. Kingda Ka became the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, taking both world records from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point.

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom addition

On August 29, 2013, Six Flags Great Adventure officially announced Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom for the 2014 season.

Description

Kingda Ka is themed as a mythical tiger, named for the Bengal tiger who lived in an adjacent exhibit before moving to Six Flags Wild Safari. The ride's sign and station have a Nepalese style. The queue line is surrounded by bamboo, which augments the jungle theme. Jungle music is played in the queue and throughout the Golden Kingdom section of the park, which opened with the ride.

Awards

Golden Ticket Awards: Top Steel Roller Coasters

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ranking 42 28 31 25 31 27 (tie) 33 38 35 (tie) 45 49

Records

Preceded by

Top Thrill Dragster

World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster

May 21, 2005 - Present

Suceeded by

None

Preceded by

Top Thrill Dragster

World's Tallest Roller Coaster

May 21, 2005 - Present

Suceeded by

None

Preceded by

Top Thrill Dragster

World's Fastest Roller Coaster

May 21, 2005 - November 4, 2010

Suceeded by

Formula Rossa

Preceded by

Top Thrill Dragster

World's Tallest Roller Coaster Drop

May 21, 2005 - Present

Suceeded by

None

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