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Hey everyone,

 

I was doing some thinking today while watching some No Limits coasters and was wondering:

 

What is the most expensive roller coaster in the world?

 

I did some research on RCDB, and from what I can see, everyone tops out at about $25 million US. The only exception I could find was Leviathan which was $28 million.

 

The only other exception I could find was the Mummy The Rides and Universal, which are at $40 million, but that would be with animatronics, so I'm not sure if I could count that as being the cost of the coaster.

 

Any thoughts? Has there been a roller coaster that has broken the $30 million limit?

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Do you mean a ride itself, or a whole project?

Because obviously a lot more went into it than just the track, but Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom cost $100 million

 

 

OH! I totally forgot, Steel Dragon 2000, due to the need to make it earthquake safe, cost $52 million US. I am not sure but in terms of just track structure, that has to be the most expensive.

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Helix @Liseberg cost $30,000,000+ (~250 million SEK). I think this is one the highest non-themed coasters. The dollar has been fluctuating lately so hard to say exactly though, it was $36,000,000 when it premiered.

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

That's depressing to hear. I wish they just went with a B&M Hyper.

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

That's depressing to hear. I wish they just went with a B&M Hyper.

Legend has it, MM wanted B&M for Goliath but B&M was reluctant to build coasters that high at the time.
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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

That's depressing to hear. I wish they just went with a B&M Hyper.

Legend has it, MM wanted B&M for Goliath but B&M was reluctant to build coasters that high at the time.

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

That's depressing to hear. I wish they just went with a B&M Hyper.

Legend has it, MM wanted B&M for Goliath but B&M was reluctant to build coasters that high at the time.

 

If true, that's pretty lame. They built Nitro at 230 ft a year later and Silver Star at 240 ft in 2002, which is 5 ft taller than Goliath.

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

 

How did you find that number? I've always wanted to know how much it cost but I never could find it...

 

Also, X is one of the more expensive roller coasters built at around $40-$46M when it opened (sources vary on the actual cost) and with the conversion to X2 the coaster has cost the park over $50M. Definitely not cheap.

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I have a hard time believing that Tatsu was $25 mil. Where did it go? Earthquake proofing too?

 

Speaking of earthquake proofing, what kind of effects does it have on a wooden coaster's smoothness?

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Formula Rossa was $45,000,000 (usd) Which is impressive given what that coaster is!

 

Kings Island spent nearly $30,000,000 on Son Of Beast all together. Including constriction, and trying to "fix" the ride. Which is a lot for a coaster that ended up getting destroyed!

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I have a hard time believing that Tatsu was $25 mil. Where did it go? Earthquake proofing too?

 

Speaking of earthquake proofing, what kind of effects does it have on a wooden coaster's smoothness?

 

 

Looking at RCDB, a lot of the "large end B&Ms are 25 million... Seems like a price tag for a large, custom ride, simple as that.

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End of the day, the "most expensive coasters" are going to be your heavily themed rides like Expedition Everest, Big Grizzly Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Escape from Gringotts (if you count that), etc. I'm not sure it's fair to say "Oh it's rides without any theming" because then where do you draw the line? Does Forumla Rossa not count because the trains are shaped like race cars?

 

If you're going to create all sorts of parameters to tailor the answer to what you're looking for, IMO, that's kind of silly. But to actually answer the original question, I'd place my bets on one of the rides I listed above.

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It's hard to take the themeing away from a ride as many coasters would not be anything like the same if a heavily themed coaster was without its themeing.

 

Slightly different angle but I read that Disney's Tower of Terror comes in at $150 million. A great ride but seems a little steep to me!

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^ You have to remember that, they pretty much designed a ride system from scratch there. And not only is it a drop tower, but it's also a dark ride, too. And when you figure that the ride is pretty much the icon for the park, and is probably the #1 reason people spend money to go to Hollywood Studios, it probably has paid for itself many times over!

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Goliath at SFMM was $30,000,000 in 2000 which converts to $41,000,000 in 2015. Crazy to think that Millennium Force is much bigger than Goliath but was only $25,000,000. Earthquake proofing seems to be quite expensive.

 

How did you find that number? I've always wanted to know how much it cost but I never could find it...

Got it from wiki

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Expedition Everest was the most expensive roller coaster ever built, costing $100 million. One of my students (I teach 4th grade) just recently bought a copy of Guinness Book from our school's book fair. Since he knows I'm a coaster junkie, he opened right to the section on roller coaster records and excitedly showed me all the stats.

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