So I've been reading a lot about Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, which opened last year at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. I haven't been, but would love to hear a report from any of you who have, because it looks like a pantload of fun!

I say this based only on seeing this cool virtual ride on The History Chanel and checking out the following wild factoids, courtesy of Wiki:

  • Kingda Ka goes 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • It is less than one foot taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, however the original height of the pyramid was 481 ft. - 25 ft. taller than Kingda Ka.
  • It is 151 feet (46 m) taller than the Statue of Liberty, including its pedestal and base. Interestingly, the Statue itself (not including its pedestal and base) is that exact height - 151 feet tall.
  • At the top of the first hill, riders feel negative G force, its intensity varies with the speed of the launch.
  • At the bottom of the first hill, riders experience 3-4 times the normal G force on earth.
  • The ride never operates in the rain, even a slight drizzle, due to the potential hazards of traveling through the rain at 128 mph.
  • The hydraulic launch motor is capable of producing 4,000 horsepower (3 MW) peak.
  • One of the park's tigers, a rare golden tabby bengal tiger cub, was named after the coaster.
  • The skylines of Philadelphia to the left, New York City to the right and Atlantic City to the back-left can be seen from the top of the tower, although one would most likely not have time to see them while on the ride.