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May 19, 2005

Tallest, Fastest Roller Coaster On Earth Debuts

Jackson, NJ -- Six Flags Great Adventure today unveiled the tallest, fastest roller coaster shattering all existing world records. The new roller coaster is the centerpiece of a new 11-acre jungle themed area called The Golden Kingdom, which features exotic animals and a massive tiger exhibit.

Kingda Ka launches from 0 to 128 mph in an impressive 3.5 seconds. The trains then soar up a vertical tower to reach a height of 456 feet or 45 stories before plummeting back down the opposite side.

The opening of this new coaster was delayed twice while engineers continued to work on this $25 million thrill ride. But after months of anticipation Kingda Ka is finally here. Six Flags expects coaster enthusiasts to travel from a far to take a ride on Kinda Ka.

Dubbed a "rocket coaster" by the ride's manufacturer, Kingda Ka takes the tallest, fastest honor away from a sister coaster at Cedar Point. Top Thrill Dragster debuted in 2003 at Cedar Point and launches to 120 mph before climbing a 420-foot tall tower. Kingda Ka adds 8 mph and climbs an additional 36-feet.

If you're not a thrill-seeker Six Flags' new Golden Kingdom exhibit offers plenty of other attractions to see. Inside the Temple of the Tiger exhibit, park guests can view the park's Bengal Tigers. Trainers share their experiences one-on-one with visitors as they work and play with the tigers.

A new 1,000-seat amphitheatre features a new live show called Spirit of the Tiger.

Neighboring Balin's Jungleland is a giant play area for children. Kids can climb into one of the world's largest play structures, Tigerland Treehouses, to explore three towers of fun offering cargo nets, slides, bridges and more.

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