Japan's Steel Dragon Was The Most Expensive Roller Coaster In The World To Construct. Why?
- To protect against earthquakes, twice as much steel was needed.
- To catch passengers who were thrown from the cars, it was necessary to install cutting-edge netting.
- It was necessary to have a 24/7 security detail to protect intellectual property while construction was underway.
- To defend against the breath of the dragon, it needed a fire-retardant finish.
Putting expensive furniture aside, the Steel Dragon 2000 roller coaster in Mie, Japan, cost $50 million (£33 million) to construct in 2000. Japan's Steel Dragon was the most expensive roller coaster in the world to construct. Why? It was to ensure people's safety.
The title of tallest coaster held by Millennium Force was temporary. Japanese people were superstitious and measured everything in meters. Thus, 97 meters, or 318 feet, was selected as the height. Not much taller than Millennium Force, only eight feet.
Three months after Millie, on August 1, 2000, Steel Dragon 2000 opened, breaking Cedar Point's records for height and speed. When Morgan learned about the larger ride, whose numbers had been kept a secret, he stated of the Cedar Fair representatives, "They were heated."
Since the ride was contracted first, Millennium Force was the first to open. Morgan said that they would not have made Steel Dragon if they had won the contract with Cedar Point.
What is: Steel Dragon 2000 - The World's Longest Roller Coaster
At a subsequent IAAPA tradeshow, Morgan claims Cedar Fair representatives told him, “I wish we had bought the ride from you guys,” which he regarded to be extremely high praise. The ride they received, in Morgan's opinion, "“the ride they got was a good ride, but not as good as the ride we would have built for them.” The layout Morgan had created would be really intriguing to see.
Twenty years later, Steel Dragon 2000 is still the longest coaster in the world. It also may have been the most expensive coaster ever built (excluding theming), costing $40-50 million (a $50 million price tag is typically reported, but up to $10 million of that may have been used for other park improvements).
The layout of Steel Dragon 2000 is an out-and-back, but it incorporates a massive double helix turnaround in the middle. It resembles Magnum XL-200 in size quite a bit.
Riders will experience the helixes, a 252 foot airtime hill, a 210 foot airtime hill, and a series of bunny hops (with two tunnels) on the way back to the station after tumbling down the 307 foot drop.
- Due to Japan's earthquake protocols, far more steel than any other conventional steel coaster was used to build Steel Dragon 2000.
- Since 2000 was Japan's "year of the dragon," it was given the name Steel Dragon 2000.
- The roller coaster remained standing but was not in operation for three years as a result of a partial derailment in August 2003. In September 2006, the ride reopened.
- B&Mprovided the coaster with brand-new trains in 2013.
- The roller coaster is currently the sixth tallest in the world.
- On my coaster to-do list, Steel Dragon 2000 is unquestionably near the top. When I was a child, I recall recording (on VHS) a Discovery Channel special on the ride's construction and watching it countless times. I'm hoping I'll be able to travel there one day to ride it.
Japan's Steel Dragon was the most expensive roller coaster in the world to construct.
Steel Dragon 2000 cost around $50 million.
The ride of Steel dragon lasts about 4 minutes.
Steel dragon 2000's speed is 153 km/h.
Japan's Steel Dragon was the most expensive roller coaster in the world to construct. Why? The reasons were mainly the safety of the passengers.