While I wouldn’t call Kingda Ka the best roller coaster it is an experience that I recommend every coaster fan or thrill seeker should try at least once. The feeling of that 128 mph launch is incredible. I’m sure Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster gives a similarly exhilarating ride. I wouldn’t know as it broke down while I was in the queue.
Having said that, I’m not typically one who gets overly excited about record-breaking roller coasters and rides that are notable just for their superlatives (fastest, tallest, etc.), but Formula Rossa looks pretty amazing.
Formula Rossa > Kingda Ka
As fun as our American speed demons are, they’re both very brief with about 30 second ride durations. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World (where else?) pushes the limits with a launch of 0 to 149.1 mph in 4 seconds and it boasts a ride duration around 1:30.
Kingda Ka’s top hat is cool and that view 400-plus feet in the air is memorable, but I think I’d prefer Formula Rossa’s layout. From this great POV and off-ride video of Formula Rossa, the ride’s layout actually looks pretty fun. There’s a section that’s low to the ground and some airtime hills that are likely great at high speed.
Watch Robb and Elisa Alvey (Theme Park Review) take on this 149 mph monster in the video below. Notice how their cheeks are flapping in the wind and how the train sounds like a jet is flying by during the off-ride shots.
Note – This video was filmed by professionals with permission from the park. For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.