No, seriously, why isn't SD2000 back up yet? I couldn't tell you the exact cost of SD, but I remember something about it being particularly expensive because it had to be able to withstand earthquakes.
Nasai is exaggerating just to make you all jealous. SD2000 is just a big Magnum. Peabody is right, White Cyclone is the real reason to go to Nagashima... it's like a big, brutal Ghostrider. And it's soooo pretty.
How crazy is it that the world's tallest and fastest non-launched coaster has been closed for a year? That has to be KILLING their attendance, don't you think? I sure would be waiting to visit, even if it is "just a bigger Steel Force."
Joe "now *that's* the most expensive lawn ornament yet!" C.
Believe it or not, Joe, I don't think it affects the park that much. A substantial part of their business comes from the resorts and especially the waterpark. THe waterpark is the most amazing I've ever seen, and it is probably their main draw. (eeewwww...saltwater!!)
WHen I was there, folks aren't really obsessed with a specific ride....they really treat the places like parks, enjoying it as a whole, and not basing their day on a specific ride or two.
SD2000 is one of the best rides in the world and my current #1. It's just a great ride. White Cyclone was pretty good but it would have been better if they'd spent some more cash on maintenance of the poor thing. It is definitely a very nice looking coaster, though.
Shame that it's still SBNO :( I'm glad I got to ride is when I did.