August 1, 2000
Mie, Japan -- Nagashima Spaland proudly unveiled a new record breaking roller coaster called the Steel Dragon 2000 on August 1. The new steel hypercoaster the flagship attraction at the park is now the World's tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster.
Steel Dragon 2000 stands an impressive 318-feet high, beating out Millennium Force at Cedar Point by eight feet. The ride begins with a 306-foot drop at 68 degrees to reach an amazing speed of 95 mph!
The coaster designed and manufactured by Morgan Manufacturing of La Selva Beach, California features an "out and back" layout with 8,133 feet of track. From beginning to end the three and half-minute journey is non-stop extreme thrills.
Steel Dragon 2000 Facts
Location: Nagashima Spaland, Mie, Japan
Height: 318 feet
First Drop: 306 feet
Angle of Descent: 68 degrees
Top Speed: 95 mph
Length: 8,133 feet
Layout: Out and Back
Hourly Capacity: 1,476 riders per hour
Investment: 5.5 billion-yen