Theme parks and amusement parks are commonplace around the world right now, with brand new parks being created in order to entertain and draw in guests, and the way that they do that is by creating some of the best rides possible.
While there are a vast variety of rides from log flumes to flat rides, the main draw of any theme park is always what rollercoasters they have, with these rides providing the biggest thrills and most iconic moments.
Because of that, parks are now investing more and more money into rollercoasters to create the next big thing, from taking them to new heights, adding incredible theming or loops, and with that is a price increase. All that in mind, within this article, we shall be taking a look at the 10 most expensive rollercoasters ever built, so buckle up, because this is going to be a wild ride!
10 Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion)
In Virginia, you can find one of the most expensive rollercoasters on earth with the Intimidator 305, which is located at Kings Dominion and comes in with a high price of $25 million.
The coaster was named Intimidator 305 and looking at the size of the beast, it is quite easy to see why people find it that way, with the sheer size of the coaster being enough to make people fear it.
This ride was voted Best New Rollercoaster in 2010, according to Amusement Today, and any thrill-seeker should go out of their way to get on this incredible ride.
9 Millennium Force (Cedar Point)
Millennium Force was first created in 2000, and it broke tons of records upon its creation, with this being the first complete-circuit ride to top 300 feet, with the ride actually being 310 feet.
This coaster, which can be located at Cedar Point is a legendary coaster that every enthusiast raves about and manages to hit a top speed of 93 mph, which was an incredible figure at that time.
The ride includes the use of a cable lift system and a magnetic braking system, which this coaster was the first to do on both accounts, which is likely why they spend $25 million on it.
8 Top Thrill Dragster (Cedar Point)
Speaking of Cedar Point, another Top Thrill Dragster is another amazing rollercoaster that costs $25 million, proving that this amusement park has no problem in splashing the cash, even though it boasts one of the biggest rosters of rollercoasters in the world.
Top Thrill Dragster has been a superb investment though, this considered to be one of the best rides in the entire world, with the coaster hitting the top speed in just 3.8 seconds flat.
Speeding up at 90 degrees is a sensation very few rides can offer with this being an unbelievable ride that people travel around the world to get on.
7 Kingda Ka (Six Flags Great Adventure)
Costing $25 million, Kingda Ka is one of the most expensive rollercoasters of all time, with Six Flags sparing no expense in creating this, now iconic rollercoaster that is an incredible eye-catching ride.
You will find this ride in Jackson, New Jersey in a theme park that is packed full of thrills, but this mythical tiger-themed coaster really is the pick of the bunch, with the ride standing at 456 feet tall, making it a very daunting experience.
Riders will hit top speeds of 128 mph, with drops at angles of 90 degrees, making this an incredibly impressive coaster that any enthusiast would want to ride.
6 Leviathan (Canada’s Wonderland)
Built-in 2012, Leviathan is the fastest and tallest ride in Canada, which makes it quite easy to see why Canada’s Wonderland would want to splash the cash to bring the coaster in to attract crowds.
The ride lasts for three minutes, which is a decent length for a coaster, and that is why it spans 5,468 feet across the park, giving riders an incredible glimpse at the park offering some stunning views.
Leviathan set the theme park back an incredible $28 million, with the incredible size of the coaster and the amount of steel needed being one of the reasons for the price.
5 The Smiler (Alton Towers)
The Smiler is a rollercoaster that is not only a history-making ride, but it is also one that is surrounded in controversy and negativity after the ride crashed, leaving several guests seriously injured.
However, Alton Towers were able to move past the upsetting incident, keeping the ride operating, which they likely wanted to do considering that it cost $30 million to create in the first place.
The coaster provides 14 loops during the ride, which is the most of any coaster in the world, with various different styles of mind manipulations also taking place in order to distract and fool the mind, making the coaster an incredible experience.
4 Thunder Dolphin (Tokyo Dome City Attractions)
Thunder Dolphin, which was created by Intamin, is a superb rollercoaster that can be located at Tokyo Dome City Attraction and is one of the tallest rollercoasters in the world, which is one of the main reasons it costs a whopping $37 million to create.
Despite its impressive size, Thunder Dolphin isn’t one of the fastest rides in the world, but it does go at a fantastic 81 mph, providing plenty of thrills for the rider, offering up plenty of air time.
The attraction is built incredibly, zooming cars through the Big-O centerless Ferris Wheel, providing an incredible head-chopper element to the ride as well as fantastic visuals.
3 Steel Dragon (Nagashima Spa Land)
Located at Nagashima Spa Land, Steel Dragon is an incredible beast of a rollercoaster that set the park back a small fee of $52 million, making it one of the most expensive rides in the entire world.
The off-ride view of this coaster is simply stunning, giving the feeling of a monstrous dragon looming, hence the name, with the sheer amount of steel needed to build it being the reason for the high cost.
Steel Dragon is 318 feet tall, making it a ride that isn’t for the faint-hearted, with a drop of 307 feet providing plenty of thrills for those who dare step onboard.
2 Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
The second most expensive rollercoaster in the world can be found inside Dinsey’s Animal Kingdom theme park, with Expedition Everest costing the company $100 million to create.
Just taking a glimpse at the ride, it is quite simple to see why it cost so much with the rollercoaster being themed to perfection with the 200 ft tall mountain covering the vast majority of the track, which hides a humongous Yeti animatronic inside (which is now broken).
The track itself would have cost around $20 million, with a very complex reversing section involved, adding to the price. However, as anyone who has ever ridden this impressive coaster will testify, the money was more than well spent.
1 Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Universal Islands Of Adventure)
You may have thought $100 million for Expedition Everest was a huge price for a rollercoaster, but Universal took things to a new level with Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, investing $300 million into the ride.
The reason for the price being so high was because Universal took things to the next level with theming here, bringing in over 1,000 trees, a fantastic queue and some amazing audio-animatronics.
This is more than just a rollercoaster, with this being the total package and a full experience ride, which made the investment more than worthwhile.