how much did spiderman at ioa cost?

Monday, April 9, 2001 6:33 PM
does anyone know how much it cost? this could be the reason no one else is gettin one of these(probably is.)
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Monday, April 9, 2001 6:44 PM
Don't know exactly. I asked an Spiderman employee and they said it was around $200 million. That sounds like an outrageous number, but it very might well be accurate. Many of the large Disney "E ticket" rides cross over the $100 million dollar mark. (Wasn't Disneyland's Indiana Jones $110 million? I think I read that in a Disney book) As a comparison, Spiderman is a much more advanced ride. Not only did it involve a new ride system, but they spent considerable time and money developing the 3-d "squinching" that was necessary for the effects to work, among other innovations I'm told.

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- Peabody
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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:03 PM
I herad spiderman cost a total of 100 million dollars
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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:20 PM
I've been on both. I love Indiana Jones very much. But, Spiderman struck me as much more innovative, and incorporated a lot more new technologies. The computer systems to tie all the systems, 3-d, lightning, audio, moving practical effects, and all that other stuff together cost a lot to develop and make work right, I'm told.

Hey, Bryang, have you ridden Spiderman? I saw video of it and wasn't too impressed, but after I actually rode it I couldn't believe it. I agree with you that Indiana Jones doesn't get the credit it deserves.

Has anyone heard an official cost? I'd really like to know. I've only heard "I heard it was..." and the closest I got was a Spiderman crew member saying it was around $200 mil.
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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:24 PM
On a show on Tlc or the discovery channel or something, they said that it cost upwards of 200 million to go from drawing boards to opening day.

I am pretty sure they said 200, and I can believe it, they must have done a TON of testing.

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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:30 PM
Good, I'm not the only one who heard that! THey also said that it's the most expensive ride ever!
IOA was 10 years in the developing by the time it opened, and I can assume that Spiderman was being developed during a lot of that time since it is the star attraction.
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- Peabody
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Monday, April 9, 2001 8:09 PM
OUCH...it really hurts to know that IOA spent that much money on a single ride, especially Spidey (IMO good but not great). The could have built at least 15 rides or so with that money, and they could all be good ones. But then space would become an issue... I'm sure IOA knew what they were doing but I can't help but be disappointed in a $200 million Spidey.
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Monday, April 9, 2001 9:50 PM
This explains why these parks in Orlando charge $50.00 plus to get into their parks.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 12:01 AM
I don't know that those numbers are correct.

I've read in several articles that both spiderman and MIB cost about 100 milion a piece.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 5:20 AM
I heard and read that it cost $100 million. It is one of the best rides I have been on, but even that figure seems high.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 5:43 AM
That is a substantial amount of money. Considering the the most expensive ride cost abut 30 million. And the average coaster for a coaster is 7-10 million. NAd considering that Spiderman isn't a coaster...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 10:40 AM
I too have heard the $200-plus million figure on several occassions - who knows how accurate it is. Might help explain, tho', why IOA has such a huge debt, and, from what I hear, is losing $$$ hand over fist ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 10:54 AM
The price tag for then entire IOA expansion, the park, the Portofino Bay Hotel, Citywalk, the new garages, and everything was 3 BILLION DOLLARS!

The park itself was around 1.3 billion or something like that. I read it in Amuesment Today. Hey, maybe that's where I read the $200 million price tag for Spiderman. They had a special issue about IOA before it opened.

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- Peabody
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 12:45 PM
Well, The Park itself cost about 1 Billion Dollars and apparently they spent every penny too and didnt even get a penny change. Not sure of the Total for the new Hotels etc
I heard the price tag on Spiderman was 100 Million which means like an insane amount of money, but when you ride it, you will certinatly realise why it cost that much. Spiderman really is simply incredible
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 12:54 PM
Of course a lot depends on how you figure the cost. Do you include the R&D? Do you include the land it sits on? Do you include a fraction of the cost of offices, service buildings, etc. that support the ride. This makes it hard to put a single cost on a ride, especially one as unique as Speiderman. If Spiderman did cost $200 million, it might only cost $50 million to build another on just like it for another park.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 2:51 PM
A while back, someone said it cost $250 million. This came up over at GTTP because they were explaining that the park could have gotten 10 Millennium Force's for the price of Spiderman.
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