Kingda Ka – The Ride of a Lifetime


Kingda Ka

What drops you down while you are traveling at 90 mph? What cost $25,000,000 to build? Maybe this clue will help – it stands more than 400 feet high. If you guessed Kingda Ka, you are right, congratulations! It is known as the scariest roller coaster in the world – not just the U.S. but the world. It is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It was designed by Werner Stengel. He is a German known as one of the best roller coast designers in the world. His designs have been taking place during the last four decades.

Kingda Ka Created In 2005

The Kingda Ka is known as an Accelerator Coaster. When it hit Six Flags on May 21, 2005, it was known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. Through the years, it has also become known as the scariest of all of the coasters. It is one of only two strata coasters ever built. This means it is taller than 400 feet. 

The Kingda Ka Takes Off

It accelerates to 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. It then climbs the track and reaches a height of 456 feet. It then drops 418 feet. Amazingly it completes the course in 28 seconds. 

The Origins Of This Coaster

Back in September 2003, plans were made to build the Kingda Ka. It was announced at an event for roller coaster enthusiasts. It was the goal of the Six Flags park to build the tallest and fastest coaster on earth. In less than a year and a half, the tower was constructed and completed. It took over the title of the tallest and fastest from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. However, in 2010 it lost the title when Formula Rossa at Ferrari World became the world’s fastest. Both rides, the Top Thrill Dragster and Kingda Ka were built by Stengel.

Located In The Golden Kingdom

If you plan to visit the park and ride Kingda Ka, it is located in the jungle-themed area of the park. This area is known as The Golden Kingdom. The ride is surrounded by bamboo, which augments the jungle-themed music that you will hear playing in the background – that is, if looking at the ride doesn’t dazzle you and distract you from what is going on around you.

I think I will pass on the Kingda Ka ride – there must be something less scary for us older folk.