Steel Dragon 2000 is a roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this coaster opened, appropriately, in 2000-"The Year of the Dragon" in Asia. It debuted only months after Millennium Force at Cedar Point, and surpassed that as the world's tallest complete-circuit coaster. It lost these records in height in 2003 when Top Thrill Dragster opened at Cedar Point. It also took the record for the longest track length-8,133 feet 2 inches (2,478.99 m)-which it currently holds.
Steel Dragon 2000:
- Steel Dragon 2000 is the tallest coaster to use a traditional chain lift. Because of the length of the lift hill, two chains are used-one for the bottom half and one for the top half. A single chain would have been excessively long, heavy and very slow, at least twice the weight of a single train. As a result, the block brakes are set up to allow two trains to safely occupy the lift simultaneously.
- The building of Steel Dragon 2000 required far more steel than other coasters for earthquake protection. This put the cost of the coaster at over $50 million.
Manufacturer: D. H. Morgan Manufacturing
Designer: Steve Okamoto
Track layout: Out and Back
Lift/launch system: One Lift With Two Chain Lifts
Height: 318 ft (97 m)
Drop: 306 ft (93 m)
Length: 8,133 ft (2,479 m)
Speed: 95.23 mph (153.26 km/h)
Max vertical angle: 65°
Capacity: 1050 riders per hour
Height restriction: 4 ft 0 in (122 cm)