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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, manufactured by Intamin, and built by Stakotra and Martin & Vleminckx. The ride opened on May 21, 2005, and is the world's tallest roller coaster and the world's second fastest roller coaster It was also the second strata coaster ever built.

History

Construction

Kingda Ka was 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

On August 29, 2013, Six Flags Great Adventure officially announced Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom for the 2014 season. The drop tower is directly attached to the frame of Kingda Ka, which was closed to accommodate construction. Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom opened on July 4, 2014, along with the re-opening of Kingda Ka.[1]

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 on May 21, 2005.

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

Guinness World Records
Preceded by Top Thrill Dragster World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller CoasterMay 21, 2005 - Present Succeeded

by None

Preceded by Top Thrill Dragster World's Tallest Roller Coaster

May 21, 2005 - Present

Succeeded by

None

Preceded by Top Thrill Dragster World's Fastest Roller Coaster

May 21, 2005 - November 4, 2010

Succeeded by

Formula Rossa

Preceded by Top Thrill Dragster World's Tallest Roller Coaster Drop

May 21, 2005 - Present

Succeeded by

None

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References

  1. Heyboer, Kelly (July 4, 2014). Great Adventure's 'Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom' ride opens after numerous delays. NJ.com. Retrieved on January 20, 2019.

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