1. Steel Dragon 2000 $51 million 2. Millennium Force $25 million 3. ??? You fill in the blanks.
The reason why I'm interested is because I want to see what is the highest price parks are prepared to pay for a coaster. See, Disney & Universal have always niggled me with the fact that they spent about $100 million each on Indiana Jones & Spiderman. Still, which would you prefer, a gigantic coaster or 10 assorted regular coasters?
Believe it or not, I think #3 is Ghostrider. It's not big, but it used 3 times as much wood as normal because of earthquakes. Before SOB was built I read a comparison of board feet of lumber used for woodies and Ghostrider had like twice as much any other woodie. Even a TON more than Mean Streak, Texas Giant, or whatever. I forget what the price was exactly, but I read in multiple sources that it was over $20 million when it was all said and done. (I'll have to dig out my old Amuesment Today to get an exact number.) Until I saw that massive structure with my own eyes, I couldn't believe it!
The Disney coasters, especially Big Thunder Mountain, were quite expensive. I think the original one was $60 or $80 million. Of course, most of that was for audio-animatronics, themeing, a big fake mountain, etc.
I cant believe No One has mentioned Duelling Dragons, I heard this cost IOA an absolute fortune(something like exceeding 50 million dollars)
Other Expensive Coasters include
Steel Dragon(Something like 50 million US dollars) Millennium Force(again, dont know the cost, but I know it cost a lot) Oblivion(Cost 12 Million which is 20 Million US Dollars) Incredible Hulk(Heard it cost 25 Million US Dollars)