most expensive coaster?

Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:35 AM
any ideas what the most expensive coaster ever is? the most expensive i know of is the £90 million (about $140-150mil) for space mountain at DLP, anyone know anything that beats that?

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:38 AM

Well, that's debatable, because most of that money went to the theming and building.

The most expensive coaster proper is SD2K, at slightly over 50 million. Dragster might be 2nd.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:40 AM
But didn't Millennium Force cost $25,000,000 too?

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:42 AM
I thought it was a little bit less.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:48 AM
im pretty sure millenium force was 23 mil.
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Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:59 AM
Space Mountain's building and themeing along the way if part of the ride, but that probibly includes the queue stuff.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 11:06 AM

Steel Dragon 2000, $51 million

Top Thrill Dragster, $25 million

Millennium Force, $25 million

Superman The Escape, $20 million

GhostRider, $18 million ($25 million entire project)

X, $17 million

Stealth, $17 million

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 11:27 AM

You guys are so quick to jump the gun (Peabody)

Im betting Dueling Dragons and Various installations of Space Mountain cost much more if you factor EVERYTHING.

Chuck, who knows one good B&M Invert cost as much as 20 million. Make that two and extensive themeing and I bet DD is somewhere in the 50 million range.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 11:31 AM

Chuck if you built a Raptor sized invert right now it would only cost you in the neighborhood of 16 million. Considerably less then 20 million.

How much did Nitro cost?

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:23 PM

Chuck, you're the one jumping the gun, man :) Didn't you read what I posted? I specified that I was speaking of coaster only, not theming, building, etc.

I would bet that the DD coasters (no theming, etc.) were about 20-30 million. Talon (a similar sized invert in heigth, length and inversions) only cost 13 million. Since Dueling Dragons were completed in late 98, and both Ice and Fire are rougly the same height and length as Talon, I would guess each one seperately would cost between 10-15.

I stand by my original post. If you're talking coaster, and not theming, buildings etc, SD2K is first, and MF/Dragster are most likely 2nd and 3rd.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:30 PM
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad @DisneyLand is the most exsenive ever built dueto the mountain.
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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:32 PM

So what is exactly included in the price of a coaster. I think it should include everything from beginning to end. Theming, que, developement, whatever money the park spends on the ride.

So say a park buys a ride from B&M but someone else themes it, or the park does it themselves. It should be the total not just what they pay B&M.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:35 PM

ThunderFun said:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad @DisneyLand is the most exsenive ever built dueto the mountain.


No it's not. DLP's space mountain cost more

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:40 PM

sparky697 said:

So what is exactly included in the price of a coaster. I think it should include everything from beginning to end. Theming, que, developement, whatever money the park spends on the ride.

So say a park buys a ride from B&M but someone else themes it, or the park does it themselves. It should be the total not just what they pay B&M.



Then that makes Knott's GhostRider the single most expensive wooden coaster ever built at $25 million.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 12:56 PM

Hymmm, is this a guessing game or what? What about all the coasters who's price tag has never been revealed? I think that's what Charles was getting at. Not every park likes to brag about how much money they can throw around.

And what are we really asking? Base cost, or finalized? Including presentation, down time and modifications? I do know that Ghostrider's buiding and operational costs are scary.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 1:08 PM

Does anyone know how much Nemesis at Alton Towers costed. I know that its most likely not the MOST expensive coaster, but I'm curious to know how much it costed since its a terrain coaster.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 1:34 PM
Superman: The Escape has cost the most of any coaster since it's opened. The price tag has now exceded $50 mil, and climbs higher every time they replace the LSM's...
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Sunday, January 26, 2003 2:10 PM
If we want to start with maintenance costs, does anyone want to sit back and calculate the "total" cost of some of the older woodies? ;)

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 2:40 PM
If we want to ount maintainane Mean Streak has to be the most expensive coaster in CP history.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 2:41 PM
I know Alpie cost BGW a hefty $20,000,000.
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