Is Steel Dragon 2000 really the longest roller coaster in the world?

Saturday, October 10, 2015 6:53 PM

It all really depends on your definition of a roller coaster, but in my books, alpine coasters are roller coasters. By alpine coaster I mean the Wiegand models that run on steel track, not the alpine slides. On RCDB, the Alpine Coaster in Imst, Austria is about 11,500ft long, and that is over 3 thousand feet longer than Steel Dragon. What are your thoughts? Here's a link to the Alpine Coaster in Imst.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 6:56 PM

The good news is that you can decide for yourself and it can be anything you want.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 11:57 PM

I think it's the owner of the track-based thrill ride that determines if it is a "roller coaster" or not. There is so much grey area anymore that it really isn't precisely defined.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 12:57 AM

It's interesting that they have a separate lift to bring the sleds up. I've never seen a Wiegand that had that before. It looks like it might be a t-bar or platter lift during the ski season.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 8:52 AM

In Germany I've been on two that had the same system. It was pretty interesting. Those were also insanely long. The problem though with long alpine coasters is that you might have a slow person in front of you and you have plenty of room to catch up.

Last edited by CarolinaNick15, Sunday, October 11, 2015 8:56 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:33 AM

Yeah because this happens if you go too slow...

Sunday, October 11, 2015 11:10 AM

CP Maverick said:

I think it's the owner of the track-based thrill ride that determines if it is a "roller coaster" or not.

It might be more precise to say that the owner of the track-based thrill ride determines if it owns a coaster or not. And that enthusiasts determine if that thrill ride meets their criteria for a roller coaster for purposes of keeping a track record. I don't if it's not so much "so much grey area" as it is different parties with different agendas.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 2:13 PM

In this day and age, I think it's highly inappropriate for the owner, manufacturer, and even enthusiasts to determine whether or not a track-based thrill ride is a coaster. Has anyone thought about what the ride identifies itself as? Whether Steel Dragon 2000 has identified itself as the longest coaster in the world or a Tilt-A-Whirl, who are we to have the audacity to say otherwise?

Sunday, October 11, 2015 2:16 PM

Stop oppressing rides with your antiquated notions of traditional coaster-norms.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 4:19 PM

Call me Steel Caitlyn 2000.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 4:28 PM

When will this coaster shaming end!?

Sunday, October 11, 2015 6:48 PM

Probably never.

Monday, October 12, 2015 6:02 PM

High five!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:25 PM

Complete circuit, lift hill, steel rides need to check their privilege. They never have to deal with being confused for not-a-coaster.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:13 PM

^Some say if it doesn't run on wooden track, it's not a coaster.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:00 PM

Steel Dragon is still waiting for it's "complete circuit privilege" check.

Monday, October 19, 2015 1:50 AM

I'm waiting for my thoughts on these alpine "coasters" to evolve.

Monday, October 19, 2015 8:03 AM

All of this coaster identification is triggering me!


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