I am surprised at how many people email me and ask how much my roller coasters cost. First off, I love coasters, and I enjoy documenting them, but I don't build them myself! Secondly, there is no easy answer as to what a coaster costs. A used, portable, kiddie coaster might be a few tens of thousands of dollars. Most coasters cost over a million bucks. A custom, record-setting ride may set an amusement park back over $25 million. Wild Eagle had a $20 million price tag. In addition, the park has to spend money on site preparation, manpower, marketing, and operational and recurring maintenance costs, so getting a roller coaster is not cheap. On the positive side, a new ride like Wild Eagle most often produces a measurable increase in attendance. A newsworthy addition can drive a lot of people to visit the park.
©2015 Joel A. Rogers.