Ride the World’s Tallest, Second Fastest Roller Coaster


My friend Shannon and I on Kingda Ka; we were able to get a shot of us on the coaster from our phones at the area where you can pay for photos, though I know that now, understandably, they’re a lot more strict about preventing people from taking phone pictures! 


I have ridden Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world a couple of times now, but the first time I rode it was actually with my mother, a coaster junkie like myself. For the past ten years, we have actually gone to Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) nearly every Mother’s Day, at my mom’s request!

Once you are strapped in, waiting to go up the 456-foot hill, which should eventually reach a maximum speed of 128 mph, there will be what feels like an excruciatingly long period where you sit at the bottom of that hill. Then an announcement says something such as “Arms down, hands back, hold on!” The coaster catapults backward for a second, and then you shoot up the hill.

The first time I rode Kingda Ka, I was most terrified of the warnings that the coaster doesn’t make it up the hill every time, and in that case, will travel back down the hill backward until it re-launches… eek! So far, I’ve never had that experience, though I believe I just jinxed myself!

Once you make it up the top, you stay there for a brief moment (a chance to admire the view or perhaps reflect on and wonder why there are sensors at the top of the hill, until you realize those are to alert airplanes the coaster is there, because the hill is that close to where they fly). On the way down, the coaster twists a few times, so as to avoid a completely straight drop, and once you reach the bottom, you go over a final baby hill, which is actually my favorite part, or at least the most fun.

The ride is over so quickly, I never list Kingda Ka as one of my favorite coasters; I much prefer the longer ride that a coaster such as Nitro offers. Even so, if you’re a coaster junkie, I still think Kingda Ka should be added to your bucket list, as it is still an adrenaline boost each time I go on it.

If you prefer riding Kingda Ka from the comfort of your own home, here is a great video of the experience that someone put on YouTube. It’s also a great chance to decide if you want to add this coaster to your list.

So who else has tried Kingda Ka or plans on adding it to your bucket list? Does anyone else have any other coasters on your list you want to try or any you’ve been on that you would recommend? I’d love to hear about your experiences and suggestions!

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21 Responses to Ride the World’s Tallest, Second Fastest Roller Coaster

  1. AbinSabu says:

    very beautiful post…..

  2. AbinSabu says:

    you and your friend looks amazing…very lovely faces….!

  3. whythisbox says:

    This is going on my to-do list! 🙂

  4. Nicole says:

    Oh my goodness, I don’t think I could handle that! 🙂 But my husband LOVES roller-coasters, so if I told him about this one, he’d probably put it on his bucket list. 😉

  5. You lead an adventurous life! My favorite water sport (or rather activity) is canoeing. I love canoeing the swamp and looking for critters like muskrats.

    • That sounds like so much fun & it’s so funny you mentioned canoeing, because I have been wanting to go canoeing for the longest time and maybe even have a picnic in the water 🙂 Perhaps this summer I will get to it!

  6. moonscouts says:

    I swear my heart jumped into my throat and my stomach flipped while I read your post! I don’t think I would ever be brave enough to go on Kingda Ka! Once I used to just try everything, even if I was scared…Maybe I’m getting too old! Haha! My poor old heart… 🙂

    • Haha, that’s too funny! But I’ve noticed myself getting a little less brave with certain things as I get older too; for example, I’m now terrified to try this ride that sort of resembles the salt and pepper shaker ride at carnivals (where you’re flipped upside down as the cage you’re in spins around also) that I used to be completely open to!

  7. Wow, wicked! I have already had a ride on the tallest roller coaster of Europe, the Silver Star at the Europa Park, but it has been years since I have been to an amusement park the last time. Though I like roller coasters, I have never ridden one with loopings. Maybe I will try it once 🙂

  8. terrepruitt says:

    OH SNAP! I just watched the video. Holy moly! That is straight up and straight down. WOW. I do see your point about longer rides, this was JUST the up and the down. Still, wow!

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