So how much money does Disney spend on its new theme park attractions?
A new report details the expenses behind some of the top new developments at the Disneyland Resort. The post by Kelsey Graeber at Buildzoom lists 10 projects that represent more than $202 million in construction permits filed by the resort over the past 12 months.
And the most expensive Disneyland project isn't even a new attraction. It's a parking garage.
The new 6,500-space "Cleo" parking structure, going up next door to the long-standing Mickey and Friends structure, tops the construction value list at $100 million. That compares to the reported $108 million that the City of Anaheim spent (in 2000) to build Mickey and Friends, which parks a reported 10,242 cars... or at least it did, before Disney moved the tram station inside the structure.
That leaves second place to what's likely the most anticipated of Disneyland's construction projects — the heart of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, the First Order Battle Escape motion base ride, which the report pegs with a permit value of $55,746,094.
In case you are wondering about the numbers, here's an explanation, from Graeber: "A building permit's valuation is a pre-construction estimate of the labor and materials required to build a project as submitted by the applicant to the building department. Because they may not yet be defined at the time of a building permit application, non-structural finish materials may not be included in the permit valuation. These valuations do not include change orders or consulting fees."
So we're talking the building here, and not the cost of Imagineering developing and installing the ride tech itself, nor of the themed decoration of the attraction facility. For Galaxy's Edge, that's got to be a lot.
Third place is the Grand Californian renovation, which is reported at $22.9 million, followed by a $6.6 million permit for Pixar Pier, another $4 million for an "iconic theme prop" in Galaxy's Edge (guess is the Millennium Falcon), then several other updates around the resort, including $2 million for Incredicoaster show spaces and $2.5 million for the renovated Lamplight Lounge, also on Pixar Pier.
Take a look at the list. Where do you think Disney did best with its money?Tweet
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