Kingda Ka is the tallest steel roller coaster in the world. Where is it located?
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, is home to Kingda Ka, the tallest steel roller coaster on Earth. At its apex, it is 456 feet (139 meters) high, 150 feet (45 meters) taller than the Statue of Liberty.
What's the top speed of Kingda Ka?
64 mph (102 kph)
128 mph (250 kph)
In just over 3 seconds, Kingda Ka accelerates to nearly 130 mph. At the end of the ride, you receive a complimentary neck brace and ibuprofen.
231 mph (371 kph)
The first roller coaster ever built in the U.S. sure didn't break any speed records. How slow was it?
10 mph (16 kph)
8 mph (12 kph)
6 mph (9 kph)
The Switchback Railway roller coaster on Coney Island, New York opened in 1884 and went all of 6 mph.
Formula Rossa, in Saudi Arabia, is the fastest roller coaster in the world. What's its top speed?
100 mph (161 kph)
150 mph (240 kph)
It's faster than you'll ever travel in a car. At 150 mph, the Formula Rossa is a bit like a short ride in a Formula 1 car that's gone off track.
367 mph (590 kph)
Although it opened way back in 1979, The Beast, in Ohio, is still the longest wooden coaster in the world. How long is it?
1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers)
The Beast is 7,359 feet long, the longest wooden roller coaster on the planet. That's roughly 1.4 miles of non-stop screaming.
2.6 miles (4.1 kilometers)
8.3 miles (13.3 kilometers)
Goliath, at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, has the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster. How steep is that drop?
You'll feel your stomach crawling up your esophagus. Goliath screams toward terra firma at an 85-degree angle — almost straight down. Don't bother eating breakfast.
In 1972, at Battersea Park in England, a terrible roller coaster accident occurred. How many people died?
It was the deadliest roller coaster accident ever. At Battersea Park in England, the Big Dipper roller coaster derailed and five children were killed. One man was charged with manslaughter but wasn't convicted.
Where would you find Steel Dragon 2000, which is the longest roller coaster in the world?
The Steel Dragon 2000 (which opened in 2000, the Year of the Dragon) is located at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Japan. It is 8,133 feet (2,479 meters) — or 1.5 miles — long.
In 1986, at a huge indoor shopping mall in Edmonton, Alberta, three people were killed on the Mindbender indoor coaster. What caused the accident?
You always wonder if they've been doing proper maintenance on these contraptions. Missing bolts on one of the Mindbender's cars caused a derailment and the train began whipping back and forth, finally slamming into a concrete pillar. Three people died and 19 were injured.
Formula Rossa reaches such high speeds that all riders are required to wear _____.
With speeds of near 150 mph, Formula Rossa is a potential hazard to riders' eyes -- a stray bug or bit of debris could cause a catastrophe. All riders must wear eye protection.
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