Steel Dragon or MF. Which came first?

Friday, July 20, 2001 2:56 PM
I know that MF opened three months before SD, but I'm curious in what coaster takes the cake to being the first official giga coaster. What I mean is, which one went into design first? Someone else might say that first track layed or something would be indicate which one came first, but that's what I think. Anyone know?
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Friday, July 20, 2001 3:09 PM
The only way it can become a giga coaster is when it reaches 300 feet, and MF was topped off first, so that was the first giga.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 3:36 PM
I think a fair guess would be MF was conceived first, for this reason:
On "Making a coaster" they said that Nagashima decided to go with Morgan after riding the start of design/engineering had to have been after April 1998.

CP confirmed that MF track was delivered to CP starting in December 98. If (some) track was manufactured and shipped that means all the surveying, designing, planning must have been darn near done if not done, and that would probably have meant the start date for MF was before April 98.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 3:52 PM
MF opened first, which is the only legitimate start date.

The same reasoning goes into why SFGAm can't advertise Deja Vu as open, even though structurally it's complete.
Friday, July 20, 2001 4:01 PM
It topped off, and opened first. So, yeah, MF is first.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 5:23 PM
Do you think...

And this is just hypothetical...

Do you think that if Cedar Point got the plans ahead of time that Japan was building the Steel Dragon, with the specs...

That they would turn to Intamin and ask them to go back to the drawing board and bump up the height just for the sole reason to remain the tallest coaster in the world??

Kind of makes you wonder...
If Cedar Point found out the plans from [I forgot who designed SD2k], would they ask Intamin to "one-up" them??

Hmmmmm ;)

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Friday, July 20, 2001 5:59 PM
Well, they could have just added a few feet to all the supports. :) They wouldn't still have the longest drop, but they would have tallest coaster title.

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Friday, July 20, 2001 9:37 PM
Why would CP build another hyper is the question? They have Magnum allready, and another one would just be stupid. So the went 300 ft. and made the first Giga. THe design was allways for a 300 ft. Giga.
Saturday, July 21, 2001 6:25 AM
You people should use your heads Millennium Force was the first and tallest giga coaster in the world even before Steel Dragon opened up! "It does count on which one opens first!"
Saturday, July 21, 2001 7:01 AM
MF#1RB#2BVL What are you talking about. All the guy wants to know is which was planned first.
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