Fastest Roller Coaster in the World

At Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, NJ, the tallest and fastest coaster in the world looms high over the rest of the park.

Towering at an incredible height of 456 feet (45 stories!), Kingda Ka is a strata-coaster (exceeds a height of 400 feet) and accelerates from 0-128 miles per hour in less than four seconds.

A hydraulic launch shoots the train straight-up the 456-foot tower, pauses at the top and goes straight downward into a 270-degree spiral.

Kingda Ka debuted on May 21st, 2005, becoming the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the world, surpassing the record set by Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, which is 420 feet tall and goes 0-120 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds.

The ride shoots you 90 degrees into a quarter-turn, and then the train shoots straight-down vertically into a 270-degree spiral. It then goes down a valley and up a 129-foot camel hump, providing much airtime.

Short but terrifying. The ride is short, hardly 30 seconds long.


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