Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run, Disney

Have you ever wondered how much the top theme park rides based on films cost to construct versus the film budget they take their inspiration from? You may be surprised. Money.co.uk has released a recent report outlining exactly that and it is very interesting to see what the results are.

The report analyses thirty-four rides that are based on films and outlines the construction cost of each ride and then compares this with the film budget. It ranks them in order from the most expensive theme park ride to construct to the least and it is fascinating to get perspective on just how much our favorite rides cost to construct and then see how much it is in relation to the original film budget.

Image: Disney

The table below is taken directly from the report:

As you can see Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run was the most expensive ride to construct at £721,815,000 ($994,155,799) followed by The World of Avatar at approximately half the cost £360,925,000 ($497,102,002). As a reader pointed out, The World of Avatar doesn't just include one ride as for the rest of the rides in the list, it is the cost of constructing the whole land.  Transformers: The Ride comes in third place for the most expensive ride based on a film at £288,818,000 ($397,789,031).

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It really shows the staggering amounts of money theme parks spend on their attractions. After looking at the top three theme park rides it makes it seem like rides such as Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure £216,645,000 ($298,385,158) and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at £94,601,650 ($130,294,852) were bargain rides to construct.

If you look at the comparison between ride construction costs and the film budget out of the top three, both The World of Avatar and Transformers: The ride was over double the cost to construct than the original film budget. Stars Wars film budget was undoubtedly higher at a staggering £1,180,013,965 ($1,625,233,233).

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was approximately a quarter of the cost of what the film budget was and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey cost approximately an eighth of the cost of the film budget.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures, Universal
Image: Universal

If you are looking at the biggest difference between the cost of ride construction and film budget you have to turn to the Disney classic, Splash Mountain. Song of the South, the film Splash Mountain was based on, had a film budget of £1,535,514 ($2,114,863) compared to the attraction construction cost of £162,502,875 ($223,815,209).

Some readers may question these figures or the methodology of the study, however, I feel the aim is to give an overarching idea as to ride construction costs and to compare with the film budget they are based on and if taken on this level I found the report to be interesting. To read the full report and see the methodology and sources which were used visit, https://www.money.co.uk/credit-cards/best-value-themeparks.

Splash Mountain, Walt Disney World
Image: Disney

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