Six Flags Great Adventure announces the world's tallest, fastest coaster

Posted Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Great Adventure announces the world's tallest, fastest coaster today. Kingda Ka will be an Intamin rocket launching 128 mph in 3.5 seconds reaching 456 feet tall. It will be configured similarly to Cedar Point's Dragster, only with a drawn-out 129-foot bunny hill.

Read more from AP via MSNBC.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:32 AM
Talk about original names...I like it.

Can't wait for 2005. :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:34 AM
Me either I'm super excited!
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:35 AM
Well, good thing I didn't "Bank" on it not being a record breaker...;)

Yes, the bunny hill will be cool. Too bad they didn't mention the, oh, wait, nevermind.;)

Oh, and Moosh, it has a bunny hill, is that close enough to an overbank?;)

Now I can't wait till later in the day to see Keith's animation.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:36 AM
That is awesome, but Kingda what?????????? (in actuality im wondering if it translates into anything)
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:38 AM
Well I'm glad I didn't go to bed yet!
This is some pretty amazing news. Here's hoping SFGAdv works out the kinks and turns this into an incredible experience.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:40 AM

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:41 AM
This coaster will arguably have the most forceful airtime hill (sorry I could not edit my earlier post).

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:44 AM
It goes 128 mph 3.8 seconds, not 3. I thnk Dragster does around 3.8*** This post was edited by ace4242424 9/29/2004 12:45:02 AM ***
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 12:47 AM
Ka is a god/diety worshipped by the Hindus. I have no idea what Kingda means. The "bunny hill" and acceleration (it IS 3.5 seconds, read the report) compared to Dragster will be very exciting, but this report doesn't tell one thing some enthusiasts will probably be complaining about tomorrow... :-\

+Danny, can't wait to see the animation*** This post was edited by +Danny 9/29/2004 12:49:44 AM ***

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:00 AM

Animations and pics are out there, I found this one but would love to see more. My question is what do you think the price tag on a ride this big is? And how much is left for the rest of the SF Parks?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:16 AM
I can't wait to see what the trains look like. Is Keith doing the animation for SF?
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:32 AM
This coaster sounds amazing, I cant believe something of this size will be at my home park, Its such a shock that the record has been broken this fast. It also sounds like GADV is planning on improving the park over the next few years.*** This post was edited by NYCoasterGuy 9/29/2004 1:35:09 AM ***
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:41 AM
The animation is done (by K. MickeyV) and should be available after the Press Release this morning and the screenshot linked above is from the animation (notably not a hi-res shot).


Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:44 AM
That pic makes Nitro look soooo small. Personally, I would prefer the ride to have a straight drop.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:54 AM
Wow... that's all, wow. I was a doubter, what can I say?
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 1:55 AM

I'm kind of wondering about the restraints for this ride. Seems like there is a possibility of the Storm Runner-style of OTSRs.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 2:05 AM
Yeah I heard OSTRs also...and i expected...considering the mishap at SFNE...but then guesses are usually wrong :-)
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 2:05 AM
just an observation about that pic everyone is talkin about....if u look, u can see the turnaround from Rolling Thunder, and Medusa in the background.....however, to the left of Kingda Ka, u see Nitro......what should be to the left of the new coaster is the PARKING LOT, lol...not Nitro. Nitro is back behind where that "photo is taken"....still though, the coaster looks insane, and i cant wait to see animation!!!

cant believe this is in m college back yard:) i cant wait till next year!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 2:17 AM
From the Star Ledger:

"The Kingda Ka is to be part of "The Golden Kingdom," an 11-acre, jungle-themed section of the park replete with tigers, monkeys and other animals."

Tiger Island, eh? Perhaps moving some of the monkeys from the Safari as well?


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