Could possibly be a mistake, but it's no doubt they there was A LOT of money spent on the theming of the ride, I remember being amazing walking through the queue line for it, I couldn't believe that this was a Tivoli coaster and it had such elaborate theming. I think there's a chance that when you add in all the costs with theming that it actually could be that much money.
I just think that it takes 2 or 3 hills on Jaguar! to equal the length of one on Ghostrider. This would make Jaguar! seem a lot longer than Ghostrider. On that same note, Millenium Force's first and second hills alone are probably longer than Janguar!.
If you think Jaguar was expensive, check out the pricetag on some Disney rides! I think the ToT rides are up around 80-100 million largely depending on country of install, and the new Everest is widely believed to be the most expensive ride they've ever built, I hear numbers in the 80-120 million range!
The reported price of a coaster is heavily dependant on what your include such as:
1) The coaster 2) The station 3) Themeing 4) Landscaping 5) New restroom nearby 6) The land under the coaster 7) Paving and roadways in the area 8) Allocation of managerial costs to construction 9) Publicity 10) Whatever the PR people want to add to make the number look really impressive.
Jeff is right, Jaguar only cost $19.9 million ;). But seriously, I think after the cost of theming and things like that, it could have really been $20 million. *** Edited 1/3/2005 3:11:27 AM UTC by Gamfan***
Just so you know, Popeyes chicken is so much better than KFC (not to say that KFC is bad... they're still pretty good). Thanks for the laugh though. *** Edited 1/3/2005 3:41:48 AM UTC by The Shy One***
Maybe it's slipped in quality since it was first built, but from my experiences of Jaguar, I see no way $20 million in any way could have been spent on such a small ride. I remember the theming as being nothing too noteworthy - certainly not $20 million noteworthy.
I'd put my money on it being perhaps the sum total of investment into the park for that year or something along those lines.