How much does it cost?

Monday, February 19, 2001 12:44 PM
I was wondering about how much does a coaster cost? Is wood more expensive? Even though I probably will never own a coaster I would like to know anyway.
Monday, February 19, 2001 12:49 PM
I think wood is more expensive. What I would like to know is, if you bought a Vekoma coaster vs. buying a B & M would one cost more? Say you bought 2 coasters, identical in layout but made by 2 different companies. Would B & M say "well look we made all these fantastic coasters. If you want one of these in your park, it will cost you a little extra."? I think that would make sense. I mean if 90% of people like Beemers the best (I'm not saying they do) and Vekomas the least, is a park going to buy a coaster from B & M or Vekoma? The only reason to buy a Vekoma in that case would be to save money.
Jack, who can't wait for opening day 2001...
Monday, February 19, 2001 1:16 PM
Woodies cost millions less than steel coasters. The thing about steel coasters is you have to buy the steel, melt it, mold it, weld the pieces, smooth out the edges, then paint it. And thats just one peice of track. For wood everything is done quite easily right on the sight.
Monday, February 19, 2001 1:38 PM

GreatAdventureAddict said:
"Woodies cost millions less than steel coasters."

Generally, that is true, but there are exceptions. The Ghostrider "project" cost Knott's $25 million, the same as Millennium Force. A good B&M Floorless would run around 10-15 Million. SOB was around 20 Million (correct me if that's wrong) but Shivering Timbers was only around 5.5 Million. It depends on so many different factors, it is impossible to nail it down.

MOST woodies are less expensive to build, but cost more to maintain. Therefore, MOST steel cost more to purchase, but the maintanance is less costly.

"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Monday, February 19, 2001 1:40 PM
A few numbers off the top of my head:

$2 million
A decent CCI woodie
A standard Arrow Mad Mouse
A standard issue Vekoma Boomerang

$3.5 million
A new generation Vekoma Invertigo, standard height (180') per Chicago Sun-Times

$10 million
Average cost of a Morgan hyper
(Steel Force, Wild Thing, Mamba)

$10.5 million
PKD Top Gun (B&M invert)

$12-14 million
Most B&M inverts + larger standups

$25 million, give or take a few mill
Millennium Force

$51 million
Steel Dragon 2000

As for steel vs. wood......woodies are generally much less expensive to build, but far costlier to maintain. Some megawoodies require several full-time carpenters just to keep them operational (Mean Streak has 6)

-CPlaya *** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 2/19/2001. ***
Monday, February 19, 2001 2:43 PM
SD2K was 51 Mil. what a rip

Best Coaster: Millennium Force
Worst Coaster: Project Stealth
Monday, February 19, 2001 3:45 PM

Jephry said:
"SD2K was 51 Mil. what a rip"

Why do you say that? SD2K looks like the ultimate roller coaster to me, and well worth the price tag!

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

*** This post was edited by Soggy on 2/19/2001. ***
Monday, February 19, 2001 4:05 PM
Hey Soggy, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't that 25 million also include the new restaurants, shops, and also the fact that ghostrider uses so much more wood to prepare for earthquakes? Didn't the coaster alone cost much less? Just curious.
Monday, February 19, 2001 5:02 PM
Yes, Ghostrider did cost less. The 25 mill was for all the little extras. That is why he said: 'The Ghostrider "project"'. :)

-I see stars because I just rode Flashback, can you see them to?
Monday, February 19, 2001 7:37 PM
and that is the difference between a park like knotts and sfmm. knotts will make a 10-15 mil coaster and them it and all of this other stuff to it which adds up to 25 million while sfmm has pretty much no theming and they have so much room that they dont have to take down buildings to make a new ride. so for 25 million they can get 3 coasters.
Monday, February 19, 2001 7:48 PM
Jephry says:

SD2K was 51 Mil. what a rip

You have to remember that the Yen in Japan is of a lower value then the USD. Besides that , I dont want to sound rude, but every post that you make rips on all other parks and coasters besides CP. Why is that? Have you rode SD? Probably not. Have you been to Japan? Probably not. Based on this, please stop making opinions that have no merit.

Monday, February 19, 2001 8:09 PM

Lets not turn this into a flame war please.

Any way, speaking of costs, what would a spin-and-puke like a Scrambler or Tilt-a-whirl go for? I wouldn't guess more than $500,000 or so, right?

Just curious.

"Shut up brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-tip!"

~From the brilliant mind of Homer J. Simpson.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 4:49 AM
Jephry says:

SD2K was 51 Mil. what a rip

Besides what Chitown said about the Yen to Dollar ratio, you also must remember that the track & supports had to be shipped from the US to Japan. With that much tack & supports that is a costly adventure. So I would imagine that a lot of the cost came from that. I'm not sure if Morgan had to bring in a crew to build it or not, but that would hike up the price as well.

Scorching the Competition in 2001
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 6:37 AM

CoastaPlaya said:
"$10.5 million
PKD Top Gun (B&M invert)"

Hey when did PKD get one of those? (heheehhe)
I'm assuming you meant PGA...

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