Pay to Thrill: Roller Coasters

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Roller coasters are meant to entertain the public and make them feel thrilled. However, there are people too terrified to try them out or to ride them again in their lives. But, roller coasters and theme parks are a true business? How much does it cost to build a thrilling roller coaster? We’ll give you the blood-tingling details on this article.

The answer for the first question is an absolute yes. We just have to consider the amount of people entering the Disney theme parks in 2014 which had an attendance of 134 million of people. Let’s not forget that an entrance fee to these parks cost around $100 USD, so you can do the math.

To have a bigger perspective of the amount of money earned we must evaluate that the U.S. have more than 400 amusement parks and in a year approximately, generates an economic impact of $55.4 billion dollars.

To answer the second question we’ve gather a list from The Richest.com which mentions the ten most expensive roller coasters in the world, but we’ve picked only five and let me tell you they’re quite impressive. An average roller coaster costs from 1 to 2 million minimum, but some of the newest attractions in the world cost around $20 million. It has to do with the design, materials and the license fee if it’s from certain franchise.

Storm Coaster – Gold Coast, Australia.

The idea of the ride is to simulate the effects of a category 5 cyclone with lights and water. It’s considered one of the largest investments in a theme park ride in Australia. It’s a 28 meters tall ride, with a length of 470 meters which ends with a splash at 112.65 km/h.

The ride was designed by the German firm Marck Rides and it cost $20 million. If you want to experience a perfect storm on good weather Australia has the perfect ride for you.

Leviathan – Ontario, Canada.

This is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada. It is 1672 meters long, 93 meters tall and it reaches a top speed of 148 km/h.

Worldwide it’s ranked as the eight tallest and fastest, therefore it cost $28 million. It was designed by Bollinger & Mabillard; and you can find it in the Medieval Faire Section of Wonderland amusement park.

The Smiler – Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

This roller coaster holds the world record for most inversion on a ride. It offers 14 different loops and most of them are unique.

The distinctive feature of this roller coaster is the mind manipulation of the ride, with different types of hypnotic swirls and flashing lights your mind is being fooled throughout the journey. It combines psychological and physical thrills and it cost $30 million to be built.

Steel Dragon – Nagashima, Japan.

Located in the Nagashima Spa Land amusement park, this truly Japanese monster opened in 2000, “The year of the dragon”.

For a couple of years, it held the title of the world’s tallest complete circuit coaster and the longest track length with 2479 meters. The latter still prevails and is considered the sixth fastest roller coaster in the world. But the real reason why this ride cost $50 million was its design and the amount of steel used in case of an earthquake.

Expedition Everest – Florida, United States.

We know that Disney never spare on expenses and they’re experts on amusement parks so is not a surprise to find out that Disney World has the record of the most expensive roller coaster ride. The theme revolves around the yeti hiding in Mount Everest.

Surprising enough, this ride isn’t the tallest or fastest in the park. Actually is quite average regarding height, speed or length. However, due to the design and sets this roller coster cost $100 million USD.

If you thought riding a roller coaster is a whole thrilling experience, now you know that build them is a total different story. The cost of the construction in addition with the maintenance is exorbitant but, at the end is a good business.

Don’t you love the adrenaline?

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