Kingda Ka Reopens at Six Flags
August 4, 2005
Six Flags Inc. said Thursday it had reopened the Kingda Ka coaster after finishing repair work and safety tests. A park spokeswoman, Kristin Siebeneicher, said thrillseekers were already riding the giant coaster Thursday evening.
"Coaster fans everywhere have been waiting for the return of Kingda Ka, and we are very glad to have Kingda Ka back on line," said Kieran Burke, chairman and CEO of Six Flags in a written statement.
Passengers on Kingda Ka go from a standstill to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. Then they shoot up at to a height of more than 45 stories where they slow to almost a stop before hurtling back down to earth. The whole ride is over in less than a minute.
The ride was opened in May to much fanfare, but closed just a few weeks later on June 8 after a malfunction during a test run. No passengers were on board during the test run.
The coaster was damaged when a bolt holding down a heavy plastic liner broke. The liner came loose and damaged parts under the area where the ride initially launches. Repairs have taken time because parts had to be ordered from the Swiss company that made the coaster.
According to the company, attendance at the park has been up slightly over 2004, and Six Flags said having the coaster back on line will boost ticket sales before the season ends on Oct. 31. Six Flags does not release attendance figures for individual parks.
Six Flags Inc. owns and operates 30 theme parks in North America.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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