Fastest Roller Coaster in the United States!
The thrill of a roller coaster is a summer tradition and is often a highlight of many family’s vacations. As a matter of fact, it can be quite fun to simply plan an entire vacation around one of the country’s many incredible amusement parks.
Jackson, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure features over a dozen roller coasters for thrill seekers to enjoy. However, one thrill machine that literally stands above the rest is Kingda Ka, the fastest roller coaster in the United States. This steel behemoth reaches speeds of 128 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds!
The ride experience begins as riders board one of four coaster trains with five cars per train. The two-across seating arrangement features lap bars and an overhead restraint system. The Kingda Ka train then calmly leaves the station and rests peacefully in the launch area. Riders have only a few moments to think about what is about to happen as the signal to launch is given.
The train rolls back slightly, and then instantly races to 128 miles per hour as riders can feel the skin on their face peel back by the incredible speed! At the end of the launch ramp, the train immediately climbs the 456 foot tall top hat element. The train clears the top hat, and then simultaneously dives and spirals 418 feet straight down! At the bottom of this mammoth drop, the train climbs again into a 129 foot hill and then slowly brakes at the bottom of this speed hill. Riders now have a chance to look at each other and gasp in amazement as they have just conquered the fastest roller coaster around!
Kingda Ka opened to the public in 2005 and has been thrilling riders ever since. The coaster was designed by Intamin, a thrill ride design and manufacturing company based out of Switzerland. Intamin also designed Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster, which was the previous roller coaster speed champion.