3. Steel Dragon 2000
Nagashima Spa Land
“Steel Dragon” already is neither the fastest nor the highest slides, but still remains the longest. And also the most expensive ever created, thanks to the number used in the construction of steel, it is necessary to make slides resistant to earthquakes.
But, even if we do not take into account earthquakes, this monster definitely earned its place in our top ten.
Steel Dragon 2000 is a roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this coaster opened, appropriately, in 2000—”The Year of the Dragon” in Asia. It debuted 3 months after Millennium Force at Cedar Point, and surpassed that as the world’s tallest complete-circuit coaster. It lost these records in height in 2003 when Top Thrill Dragster opened at Cedar Point. It also took the record for the longest track length—2,479 metres (8,133 ft)—which it currently holds. The ride is the second fastest coaster in Japan and the sixth fastest in the world.
In 2013, the ride’s Morgan trains were removed and replaced by new trains manufactured by B&M (Bolliger and Mabillard).