Top 10 Most Expensive Theme Park Attractions in the World
By Louise Garay
Wherever you may be in the world, there’s no denying that visiting certain theme park attractions is one of the best things to do. Whether you’re with kids or kids-at-heart, these attractions have a way of bringing you back to your childhood. In fact, this may be one of the reasons why so many theme parks exist around the globe.
Amusement parks cater to people of all ages. These also serve as exciting ways of bonding with one another. Thanks to the latest technological innovations in the field, these thrilling attractions give visitors a day to remember. Year after year, theme park attractions become more and more impressive.
However, these state-of-the-art technologies often come with a price. Given the research and the painstaking labor in these places, it cannot be denied that amusement parks and their respective attractions cost millions to make. To know the top 10 most expensive theme park attractions in the world, continue reading.
10. Steel Dragon 2000 – Nagashima Spa Land, Japan
Cost: $52 million
Located in Nagashima Spa Land in Japan, the Steel Dragon 2000 is dubbed as the longest roller coasterin the world by Guinness World Records. Since it opened in 2000, the roller coaster has continually cemented itself as the longest coaster in the world of all time.
Because of its sheer height and length, building the aptly namedSteel Dragon 2000 required a lot of steel to be used for construction. The use of steel allows it to remain secure in the earthquake-prone country. However, the use of steel also led to a jaw-dropping price of more than $50 million, and that excludes construction for its scenery and its sets.
9. Mission: SPACE – Epcot, Florida
Cost: $100 million
Space-lovers and aspiring astronauts can definitely try their hand at space travel through Mission: SPACE. With no expenses spared, Disney successfully brought this space-inspired ride closer to home for a cool price of $100 million.
This ride features a wide range of technologies seen throughout the International Space Training Center. From the XT training capsule model to an actual Lunar Rover, Disney went to infinity and beyond with this ride. Visitors can expect a mission-based ride that provides fantastic views of the world.
The first-ever large-scale outdoor roller coaster from Disney finally put the best of both worlds together. Nestled in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this ride takes visitors to a majestic view of Mount Everest by going through the so-called Forbidden Mountain.
Its construction in 2006 finally dethroned Nagashima Spa Land’s Steel Dragon 2000. The magical Yeti creature serves as one of its main highlights as the guardian of the place. Watch out for these creatures as you go through the visually stunning masterpiece.
7. Amazing Adventures of Spiderman – Universal Studios, Florida
Cost: $100 million
This motion-based 3D ride provides a visceral and riveting ride for all ages. Its realistic approach seemingly transports people right onto the very heart of New York City. The virtual reality-based ride makes for a thrilling experience as it takes visitors tilting, sliding, and moving along the towering skyscrapers of the city.
Although the ride is housed indoors, the Universal Studios team behind this creation utilized state-of-the-art facilities. This is partly the reason why research and creation took some time. Not to mention, drawing the Marvel characters and their changing sceneries required more investment.
6. Jurassic Park: The Ride – Universal Studios, Florida
Cost: $110 million
The dinosaur-filled ride features highly advanced reproductions of the creatures themselves. With full-sized animals moving using animatronic tools, even Steven Spielberg himself couldn’t help but marvel at their work during the attraction’s unveiling in 1996.
According to CNN, Spielberg himself came up with the idea of putting up this ride in Universal Studios. After getting the signal, the world-renowned director went to work on the ride even before shooting for Jurassic Park started. This massive scale took riders to a wild, water-filled adventure that will give them the surprise of their lives.
5. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Florida
Cost: $140 million
Based on the hit television series of the same name, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is closely patterned after the haunting and downright surprising happenings in the show. Here, park visitors can experience sudden drops and turns in an elevator shaft.
The opulent yet dilapidated interior surely added to the multimillion-dollar price tag of the place. As you go through a tour, you’ll appreciate the detailed interiors and decorations that pay homage to the original show.
4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Universal Studios, Florida
Cost: $150 million
This attraction is situated inside the grand castle of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As such, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in Islands of Adventure in Florida takes guests on a tour of the expansive Hogwarts grounds. Visitors even have the chance to swoop in on a Quidditch match and other iconic experiences of Harry himself.
Potterheads will understand that the main cause for the high production price comes from the technicalities of the ride itself. The moving seats are secured on a KUKA robotic arm, which can go in various directions based on the program.
3. Radiator Springs Racers – Disney’s California Adventure, California
Cost: $200 million
Derived from Lightning McQueen’s world, this attraction gives guests the ride of their lives. Visitors go with the Cars gang on a journey through various tracks, from dark caves to high-speed highways with sharp turns, this ride is definitely a thrilling one for kids and kids-at-heart.
Part of the reason why it has one of the highest costs is because of the advanced technology used to operate the ride. This dark ride utilized visual, audio and motion techniques that were developed exclusively for Disney rides. In fact, it uses the technology applied to Test Track.
2. Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios, Florida
Cost: $200 million
Fans of the beloved book and film series flock to Orlando to witness the magical experience that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. From the cozy village of Hogsmeade to the majestic Hogwarts castle, fans are able to live the wizarding life even for a moment.
Perhaps what made this attraction one of the most expensive ones are the intricate details given to the site. From the recreation of the medieval gothic castle to the minute details of every structure in the village, Universal Studios certainly paid attention to the details.
1. Test Track – Epcot, Florida
Cost: $300 million
As mentioned, Test Track is known for the advanced technology exclusively developed for the attraction. Sponsored by General Motors in the past, and currently funded by Chevrolet, this site surely gives an air of excitement, as it features sports cars with a twist.
Guests are taken for a thrilling ride through a test track, in which test cars are taken for multiple safety tests. Riding a Sim-Car, visitors can have the experience of riding through these safety tests, complete with the danger and excitement it has to offer.
With the technology and attention to detail given to these attractions, they certainly warrant the construction and development costs attached to them. They also deserve the acclaim and attention they receive. If you’re traveling soon, make sure to include these attractions in your itinerary.
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