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Steel Dragon 2000
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Nagashima Spaland
Location Nagashima, Kuwana, Mie, Japan
Status Operating since August 1, 2000
Height restriction 55 to 73 inches (140 to 185 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Morgan
Designer / calculations Steve Okamoto
Type Steel - Giga
Riders per train 36
Propulsion Chain lift hill hill
Height318 feet
Drop307 feet
Top speed95 mph
Length8,133 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop68°
Duration4:00
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Steel Dragon 2000 is a steel giga roller coaster located at Nagashima Spaland in Kuwana, Mie, Japan. Opened on August 1, 2000 it became the tallest and fastest full-circuit roller coaster in the world, surpassing Millennium Force at Cedar Point which opened three months earlier. It also surpassed Daidarasaurus at Expoland as the longest roller coaster. The records for tallest and fastest roller full-circuit roller coaster were subsequently lost to Top Thrill Dragster and Dodonpa respectively but Steel Dragon 2000 remains the longest. It is the largest roller coaster built by Morgan.

History

On July 28, 2000 an exclusive opening ceremony was held. Park president Mr. Otani received certificates from the CEO of Guinness World Records for four records broken by Steel Dragon 2000. Subsequently, over 2000 competition winners rode Steel Dragon 2000 before opening day on August 1.[1]

Design

After the lift hill is an initial drop of 306.8 feet and a 252 foot camelback hill. The train subsequently rises up and into the figure-eight shaped helix. The train then passes through a mid-course brake run and over six more camelback hills, passing through two tunnels along the way before reaching the final brakes.

Steel Dragon 2000 was the tallest roller coaster to use a traditional lift hill before the opening of Fury 325 in 2015. Because of its length, two chains are used. In the middle of the lift hill, the ride switches chains.

Trains

The new seating.
The old trains.

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

When Steel Dragon 2000 opened, it used Morgan trains with six cars, each seating six riders in three rows of two.

For the 2013 season, the ride received new trains from Bolliger & Mabillard. The new trains are similar to those used on B&M's own hyper roller coasters, however they only seat two riders per row. The ride opened with its new rolling stock on March 15, 2013.

Incident

In August 2003, a partial derailment of the front car caused the train to come to a sudden stop and debris to fall from the ride. A 20-year-old woman who was sitting in the front car sustained a back injury and a 28-year-old man was injured when he was hit by a falling wheel while in the water park. The ride was standing but not operating for over three years. It reopened on September 3, 2006.[2]

Etymology

In the Far East, the year 2000 was the "Year of the Dragon".[3]

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Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
August 2000 - May 2003
Preceded by
Millennium Force
Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
August 2000 - May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster
Fastest roller coaster
August 2000 - December 2001
Preceded by
Millennium Force
Fastest roller coaster
August 2000 - December 2001
Succeeded by
Dodonpa
Longest roller coaster
August 2000 - present
Preceded by
Daidarasaurus
Longest roller coaster
August 2000 - present
Succeeded by
None