Kingda Ka
Park Six Flags Great Adventure
Park section Golden Kingdom
Opening date May 21, 2005
Closing date Unknown
Height 456ft
Drop 418ft
Speed 128mph
Replaced Unknown
Replaced by Unknown
Kingda Ka is a steel launched roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure's Golden Kingdom area. It is currently the tallest roller coaster in the world and the second fastest. 

Ride historyEdit

On September 29, 2004, the park announced its plans to build Kingda Ka at a media/roller coaster fans event. The coaster was said to be "the tallest and fastest coaster on Earth", reaching 456ft and 128mph in only 3.5 seconds. By mid-January 2005, the construction on the ride was complete and the attraction had its official opening on May 21, 2005. 

2014 remodelingEdit

On August 29, 2012, Six Flags CEO Jim Reid-Anderson announced the park's plans for Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a series of three 415-foot drop towers that would replace the park's Rolling Thunder dueling coaster. Jim Reid-Anderson also announced that the drop towers, much like Superman: Escape from Krypton at Six Flags Magic Mountain, would be attached to Kingda Ka's ride structure. The attraction has remained open during Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom's construction. It is unknown if Kingda Ka will be closed sometime in the future due to the attraction's construction.

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Kingda Ka's sign for rollbacks.

Ride synopsisEdit


Kingda Ka is themed to a mythical Chinese tiger and the park's Golden Tabby Bengal tiger who lived in a nearby exhibit. Shortly after, he moved to the park's safari ride. The ride also features Nepalese styles. The queue is surrounded and nearly covered by bamboo, which gives the queue a nice jungle effect. While guests wait to board, mythical jungle music plays. 
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The Nepalese entrance sign to the ride.


When guests finally reach the station and board their train, the vehicle slowly pulls out of the station and into a safety check. After the safety check is cleared, the vehicle pulls into the launch zone. Several heartpounding seconds go by...and then the train is launched 128mph in 3.5 seconds up the top hat hill. The attraction then goes 90 degrees downwards and spirals down. Then, the train takes riders up a 129ft hill before heading into the final brake system.


Occasionally, like Top Thrill Dragster, the trains do not completely make it up the track and rollback downwards. It stalls the ride sometimes. The attraction has special brakes to prevent the trains from pulling into the station if a rollback occurs. 



  • When Kingda Ka opened, the ride was the tallest and fastest complete-circuit roller coaster, overtaking the four records Top Thrill Dragster overtook from Fuji-Q Highland's Dodonpa two years before.
  • The ride has the world's fastest roller coaster drop.
  • The ride formerly was the fastest coaster in the world, but Ferrari World's Formula Rossa overtook the record in 2010.


  • The ride is themed to the park's Golden Tabby Bengal, which had the name Kingda Ka.


Golden Ticket Awards: Best New Ride for 2005Edit

  • Kingda Ka was runner-up at the Golden Ticket Awards for 2005's Best New Ride. The coaster lost to Hades at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park.

Golden Ticket AwardsEdit

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 31 28 31 25 31 27 33 38

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster PollEdit

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Ranking 20 69 61 59 68 65

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