Steel Dragon 2000?

Saturday, June 30, 2001 4:13 AM
How much did this ride cost in American dollars(not yen).
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 5:34 AM
Just carry the decimal point over two places to the left.

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You are the Weakest Link, Goodbye.
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 9:02 AM
I believe $52 million, not sure though. It was so expensive because the Japanese have stricter structure codes because of the threat of earthquakes.

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
http://www.jesms.cjb.net
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 11:25 AM
The latest issue of RollerCoaster! (Spring 2001) lists the price at an estimated $51.1 million.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 12:00 PM
Zero-G said:
I believe $52 million, not sure though. It was so expensive because the Japanese have stricter structure codes because of the threat of earthquakes.

Do Coasters cost more in CA to for this reason or,do they not take the same precautions because they aren't as frequent??



~*Rickyswmn*~
"A Crazy female Coaster Finatic"
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 12:06 PM
There was a whole lot of factors that made that ride cost so much. Like it was said before it costed about 50 million dollars give or take a few million.

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Jordon "the jackal" Dunham
Team Berserk Blue
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 12:07 PM
I really couldn't say. The only diference I noticed were on the steel roller coasters. Both Riddler's Revenge and Batman: The Ride at SFMM have ladder like bars sticking out of the inversion portions of the track. Don't know why though. It must be local saftey law.

Plus Goliath has those ties across the track on the steep and highly banked sections.

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
http://www.jesms.cjb.net
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 12:07 PM
the earthquakes are just as frequent in cali as they are in japan.
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 12:16 PM
Doesn't mean CA and Japan have the same laws about it though.

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
http://www.jesms.cjb.net
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Saturday, June 30, 2001 3:01 PM
Yes, according to Japanese law there must be a "catwalk"; the type of thing that are on the lifthill along the whole length of the track.

I have no evidence to back this up, but in my eyes, the earthquakes that rock Japan are generally more intense than in California. OR if you find that hard to believe, then Japan has more frequent intense earthquakes than the West Coast.

Another reason is that Steel Dragon is a hypercoaster-like giga, therefor, it spends a LOT more time in the air then Millenium Force. Someone brought this point up a while ago on some other thread. Anyways, my point being Steel Dragon probably spent way more on support structure than Millennium Force because it has the initial 300+ foot hill, several hills that are over 200 feet high, the insane helix-type thing, and of course all of those return bunny hills. That is a lot of off the ground supports that need to be earthquake "proofed."

Sorry that that was really off topic. Just wanted to explore into some of the reasons why it was so expensive. And yes, I believe California must do something similar with their coasters as far as prepping them for earthquakes sanse the "catwalk" law.

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A New World. A New Technology. One Last Hope for Salvation. Neon Genesis Evangelion *** This post was edited by Coastercraver on 6/30/2001. ***
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