August 5, 2005
Jackson, NJ -- Six Flags Great Adventure has reopened the world's tallest, fastest roller coaster. The theme park confirmed that Kingda Ka has been repaired, tested and certified by state inspectors and will be open on Friday, August 5.
Kingda Ka was shut down on June 8 after a malfunction during a routine test run. No passengers were on board when the malfunction occurred so there were no injuries. Six Flags and the ride's manufacturer Intamin investigated the incident and a number of adjustments have been made to prevent a recurrence.
Six Flags reported that attendance at Great Adventure since the shutdown had been modestly ahead of 2004 and it anticipates that the return of Kingda Ka will likely boost the final attendance totals for 2005.
"There has been tremendous interest among our visitors in our progress with Kingda Ka and when it would return," said Kieran Burke, chairman and CEO of Six Flags. "We are very grateful to Intamin, the ride's manufacturer, who has worked closely with us to address the malfunction and to ensure that it cannot occur again."
Immediately after the closure, Six Flags pulled advertisements that marketed the new roller coaster. This past week the marketing for Kingda Ka resumed in anticipation of its reopening. Six Flags wants to alert potential guests that the record setting roller coaster has reopened.
"Coaster fans everywhere have been waiting for the return of Kingda Ka, and we very are glad to have Kingda Ka back on line," Mr. Burke said. "It's a fantastic attraction and we are confident the public will respond eagerly to the opportunity to come out and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience, as well as our many other activities and attractions at Six Flags Great Adventure."
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