Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Imagineering Costs Adjusted for Inflation

Here's some data I brought together to examine the costs of Disney attractions over time adjusted for inflation - at least the projects which have some information about their costs. Obviously it's not a perfect comparison, but it gives some rough ideas. The costs are in millions, and have been ordered according to adjusted cost.

Update: If the table does not show up in your browser or cuts off any data, the full table can be found at http://www.theneverlandfiles.com/misc/costtable.html.



































































































































































































































































Attraction

Date

Initial Cost

Adjusted Cost

Swiss Family Treehouse

1962

0.25

1.8

Grand Canyon Diorama

1958

0.375

2.85

Monorail

1959

1

7.47

Matterhorn Bobsleds

1959

1.5

11.21

Nature's Wonderland

1960

2.5

18.36

Submarine Voyage

1959

2.5

18.68

Rocket Rods (Disneyland)

1998

20

26.78

America Sings (Disneyland)

1974

6

28.05

Captain EO (Disneyland)

1986

17

33.59

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Disneyland)

2003

30

35.81

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Disneyland)

2005

32.5

36.88

Bear Country

1972

8

42.03

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

1979

16

51.04

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress (Disneyland)

1967

8

52.5

Star Tours (Disneyland)

1987

30

58.63

New Tomorrowland (90s) (Disneyland)

1998

50

66.94

Space Mountain (Disneyland)

1977

20

74.21

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

2007

70

74.91

Tower of Terror (Disney California Adventure)

2004

75

87.88

New Orleans Square

1966

15

101.86

Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)

1969

17

103.41

Expedition Everest (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

2006

100

109.73

Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)

1967

17

111.58

Mission: SPACE (Epcot)

2003

108

128.92

Disneyland

1955

17

137.5

New Tomorrowland (60s) (Disneyland)

1967

22

144.4

Splash Mountain (Disneyland)

1989

85

152.33

Tower of Terror (Tokyo DisneySea)

2006

160

175.57

Indiana Jones Adventure (Disneyland)

1995

125

180.32

Pooh's Hunny Hunt (Tokyo Disneyland)

2000

150

192.47

Tower of Terror (Disneyland Paris)

2007

180

192.62

Tower of Terror (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

1994

140

207.36

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Tokyo DisneySea)

2001

200

248.22

Walt Disney Studios Paris

2002

500

611

Disney California Adventure

2001

700

868.76

Disney's Animal Kingdom

1998

800

1071

Disney California Adventure Overhaul

2007

1100

1177

Disneyland Resort Expansion

2001

1400

1737.5

Disneyland Paris Park

1992

2000

3132

Tokyo DisneySea

2001

3000

3723

Disneyland Paris Resort

1992

4000

6264

4 comments:

  1. Any tips on how to see the data? On my screen the numbers are cut off. Thanks!

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  2. Ah, I was having some trouble with formatting the table - thought I'd fixed it but I guess not. Thanks for letting me know! I've uploaded the table here: http://www.theneverlandfiles.com/misc/costtable.html

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  3. Thanks. It works on my laptop at work but not on my bigger laptop at home. Maybe it's something to do with the version of IE I'm running. In any case, the link worked great. Very interesting numbers...sort of depressing in a way, that these things cost this much...

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  4. Yeah, puts an end to the dream of a Pirates in the backyard lol. Some of the figures are quite amazing: Paris's and Tokyo's Tower of Terrors each cost $192, despite the massive differences in theming. No wonder Paris is struggling with inflated costs like that.

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