Disney Invested 100x More for a Ride Than the Movie It Was Inspired By

in Movies & TV, Theme Parks

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A new report from the personal finance experts at Money analyzed 34 famous theme park rides based on films and determined which blockbuster film has the most costly ride counterpart.

From Disney classics to Star Wars to Indiana Jones to Harry Potter, the new report looks at theme park rides inspired by movies and compared their construction cost to the movie budget.

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Related: FIRST LOOK at Tiana’s Retheme of Splash Mountain

The original Splash Mountain, which opened in 1989 and is now located in Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, came in the top spot.

The iconic Disney Parks ride had a construction cost of approximately $190 Million, yet the 1946 film Song Of The South, which is what originally inspired the attraction, had a budget of just under $2 Million — an over 100x increase.

Inflation no doubt plays a role, but inflation only accounts for about 1/10th of the price difference.

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Though Splash Mountain is still in operation today, last summer Disney announced that Imagineers will be working on a complete retheme of Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog ride.

According to Disney, the story’s attraction will pick up after the final kiss in the movie as Guests join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure “featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”

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Other Disney Parks rides that came in include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Walt Disney World at the second spot, which had a construction cost of approximately $21 million and a film budget of a little above $1.2 million — a 20x increase and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in Disneyland Paris, which came in the fifth spot and had a construction cost of approximately $68 million and a film budget of approximately $15 million — a 4.5x increase.

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The report found that 47% of rides based on films are situated in a Disney theme park and that Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is the most expensive theme park ride based on a film costing approximately $850 Million to construct.

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