Steel Dragon 2000

Monday, July 31, 2006 3:59 AM
I know its been SBNO for a while now, but i was wondering now that it's scheduled to reopen, if its a good ride?

I mean it's the longest ride in the world, is 300 ft. tall, goes 95 mph, has some wicked looking turns, and has like 6 bunny hops at the end and has never been ranked even as a top 10 ride.

Just wondering to anyone who has ridden it if it's good?

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:04 AM
Japanese coasters always seem to be overlooked, I'm not sure why. It looks pretty awesome I agree.
Monday, July 31, 2006 10:47 AM
If the search function was working I'd find my detailed TR.

4 or 5 of us on this site have ridden it. It's a great ride, and like most Japanese coasters, just doesn't get much chatter here in America to to geography. SD2K especially doesn't get much talk because it was SBNO for the ACE/EEC Japan trip, the TPR Japan Trip, etc.

Imagine a bigger, longer, better Steel Force/Mamba and that sums it up.

Monday, July 31, 2006 11:23 AM
It sounds alot like Cedar Point's Millenium Force, and if it is anything like it, then I bet you it is an excellent ride?
Monday, July 31, 2006 12:10 PM
Its nothing like Millenium Force. Its a Morgan coaster. Its more like a bigger Magnum.
Monday, July 31, 2006 12:46 PM
It's a polar opposite of Millennium Force. They are both world class rides over 300ft, but couldn't be any more different than each other. They are very hard to compare.
Monday, July 31, 2006 12:52 PM
If you look at the layouts, MF has 3 hills and a bunch of overbanks => emphasis on speed, whereas SD2K has a crap ton of hills (7 on the return trip alone) => emphasis on floaty Morgan air.
Monday, July 31, 2006 12:56 PM
Monday, July 31, 2006 1:06 PM
Besides, we all know the real reason to go to Nagashima is the Double Wild Mouse. and White Cyclone!
Monday, July 31, 2006 1:12 PM
Exactly. I passed on re-rides on SD2K so I could ride White Cyclone. Good lord was that a killer coaster! :) It's a top 10 woodie on my list for sure.
Monday, July 31, 2006 2:23 PM
I wouldn't say Millennium Force and SD2K are total opposites. If that's the case than one of them would have to contain inversions.
Monday, July 31, 2006 2:40 PM
What are you talking about? Millennium Force has three inversions. ;)

I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to ride it, but SD2K has always fascinated me and the layout looks amazing. I've heard that the lift hill takes so long to climb that two trains are on it at one time. Is this true?

Monday, July 31, 2006 2:44 PM
I heard there were age restrictions for the coasters, or at least for one over 40 or 45 could ride.
Monday, July 31, 2006 2:47 PM
^Age restrictions? Damn!
Monday, July 31, 2006 3:06 PM
CPLady-I think that may have been just a rumor because I watched people at least that age ride. Maybe it was for a different ride?
Monday, July 31, 2006 3:09 PM
Thanks for the info, I would think it would be an airtime machine with 7 hills on the return trip.

MF is still the best!!!!!

Monday, July 31, 2006 4:24 PM
Redcoasterman: No, MF is not the best. Unless you've ridden both you can't say that. They're both great.

Gigafocre01: Trust me...they are opposites. 2 hyper/giga coasters could hardly be more different.

Machonachos: Correct..there are 2 seperate chains and it takes FOREVER to get up the hill.

CPLady: Correct, but not on SD2K. Certain Japanese coasters (Dodonpa, for example) have a 45 year age limit....but the Japanese are too polite to ask someone their age, so it is not actively enforced like carding someone to buy booze.

Monday, July 31, 2006 4:46 PM
Has anyone ever died on a coaster because they were too old?

I'm just thinking of my mom, who just turned 50, and rides /everything/. We're actually going down to hit up The Voyage this weekend and TTD is in her top 10.

She'd be sad and probably quite disgruntled.

Monday, July 31, 2006 4:53 PM
"Has anyone ever died on a coaster because they were too old?"

^ THAT would be something, and I can virtually guarantee you'll never find a *Cause of Death* listed as old age ANYWHERE.

DBH has an entry in Guinness for "oldest coaster train", based on average age....IIRC, it was around 77 years for the average rider.

Monday, July 31, 2006 5:34 PM
John: I suspect not, but as ULTRA safety conscious as they are, they likely want to take no chances. Like I said earlier, it isn't too strictly enforced. On the ACE/ECC Japan trip last year there were quite a few people over 45. In specific parks they were all "under 45" if you know what I mean :)

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