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The Most Expensive Amusement Park Rides

As Wild Wadi prepares to take down the much love Jumeirah Sceriah, Kipp takes a look at some of the most expensive amusement park rides to be constructed.

January 21, 2012 11:20 by

  • As Wild Wadi prepares to take down the much love Jumeirah Sceriah, Kipp takes a look at some of the most expensive amusement park rides to be constructed.

    Wild Wadi has closed its doors to begin to take down the infamous Jumeirah Sceriah, a 12 year old attraction at the water park consisting of a brilliantly yellow 33-metre-long slide. And while the attraction that will replace the much love Jumeirah Sceriah is yet to be revealed; Kipp takes a look at some of the most expensive amusement park rides to be constructed.

  • This Everest-inspired ride in Walt Disney World, in Florida cost $100 million to create the ride 6 years to complete. The overall construction used up  over 18.7-million pounds of concrete and 5,000 tons of steel with over 8,000 individual props used in the faux village that surrounds the ride.  In addition over 910 bamboo trees of four species were planted, along with 250 specimens of 10 other trees, and 88,141shrubs were planted into said faux village.

  • In Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Lancashire, England sits the mighty Valhalla marketed as the 'biggest and most spectacular dark ride in the world.' Costing no less than £15 million ($23 million), the Valhalla is one of the most expensive in-house attraction across theme parks around the world.

    The ride opened on 14 June 2000 uses more than 100,000 gallons water per minute which are recycled. It also uses 35,000 cubic feet of gas per hour to provide the flame effects. Lasting about six minutes the ride covers almost half a mile.

  • Isn’t it a tad ironic that the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride, cost twice as much as it cost to make the very movie it was inspired by? Based in Universal Studios Hollywood, California, the ride which opened in 1996 cost $110 million  and a good six years to develop—although it should be noted the design of the ride began three years before the movie was released to the public. The ride lasts for 5.5 minutes and consists of sixteen free floating boats. So how much water is used to make up the massive ‘river’ at the attraction? Oh only a cool 1.4 million gallons.

  • If you ever wondered what an astronaut may feel like on a blastoff mission to Mars, then the Mission Space may be something you would like to try out. Costing a cool $100 million to construct, the ride is one of the main attractions at Epcot, Orlando, Florida. Opened to the public in the summer of 2003, the ride which comes equipped with sick bags, is known to induce nausea in the few who aren’t normally victim to this sickness. Since its launch 2 people have died on the Mission Space—a 4-year-old boy and a 49-year-old woman—although authorities attribute both deaths to pre-existing medical conditions.

 

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