Kingda Ka is an Intamin AG launched sit-down roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. It is the second tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world, claiming the titles from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. The ride was the fifth Intamin Accelerator Coaster built when it opened in late 2005. It held the claim as the world's fastest roller coaster until a new "Polercoaster" opened in Florida. However, Kingda Ka still has the world's tallest roller coaster drop.
One of Kingda Ka's four trains advance out of the station after it is locked and checked. Next, it'll pass through the switch track and on to the hydraulic launch track.
The ride has a number of incidents, although they were all minor.
One was in June 2005, just months after the ride opened, when a bolt on the main hill came loose, causing the cart to go the incorrect speed, which then prevented the ride to be completed fully. The hill was redone after a brief closure.
In May 2009, lightning hit the main hill, damaging it. The hill had to be repaired after a two month closure, and it was then reopened in August.
In August 2011, Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey, and caused unspecific damage on the main hill and the other rollercoasters around it. The theme park was closed before the hurricane approached. The ride was repaired after a year closure.
Kingda Ka holds second place behind Formula Rossa as the fastest roller coaster in the world. Kingda Ka reaches a top speed of 128 MPH while Formula Rossa holds the record at 149 MPH.