The Five Most Expensive Amusement Park Attractions

By on April 1, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

Amusement parks are constantly upping the ante—expanding and adding more thrilling rides—in order to attract more visitors.

The following five theme parks spent a whole lot of money on their impressive features: These are the most expensive amusement park attractions ever built. (Now you can understand why they charge $10 for a water bottle, huh?)

5. Tower of Terror

Where: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Florida

Cost: $140 million

The main attraction at Hollywood Studios is one of the most mechanically complex rides ever created. The ride's theme reflects an episode of 1960s paranormal science fiction show The Twilight Zone and is set in 1939 at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel.

4. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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Where: Islands of Adventure, Florida

Cost: $150 million

This ride takes visitors through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on a journey over Hogwarts, through a quidditch match, and face-to-face with dragons, giant spiders, the Whomping Willow, and more. The majority of this attraction's cost comes from the technology used for its seating. They're mounted on a KUKA robot arm and wheel base, so the seats can move and shift in nearly every direction and even flip riders upside down while the track remains flat.

3. Radiator Springs Racers

Where: Disney's California Adventure, California

Cost: $200 million

When California Adventure was first opened in 2001, many park goers were initially disappointed and attendance was exceptionally low. So in 2007, the park underwent a $1.1 billion expansion and redesign. The revamped park's main attraction, which cost $200 million, became a ride following the theme of the 2006 movie Cars and its sequels.

2. Tower of Terror

Where: Walt Disney Studios, Paris

Cost: Approximately $240 million

Installed in 2007, Disney redesigned Florida's original Tower of Terror to improve flaws and obey French regulations, which did not allow for buildings of a certain height to be made of solid concrete.

1. Test Track

Where: Epcot, Florida

Cost: $300 million

Epcot only has three rides and the combined cost of these few rides is more than the majority of theme parks. The astronomical cost was due in part to reconfiguring the ride's complicated electronic system during construction. In addition to being the world's most expensive theme park attraction, Test Track is Disney's fastest ride ever: At one point riders are shot from a building at 65 mph.

Articles Written by Joseph Gibson
Joseph Gibson is a freelance writer currently based in Austin, TX. His main interests are movies, music, books, and other things you can watch, read, or listen to. Joseph's favorite billionaire is Paul McCartney.
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