Pricing Guide by shark404

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 08/16/00 | Printable Version

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Pricing Guide for Roller Coaster Tycoon
By: Shark404 (
Version: 1.1 Date: 8/16/00
Copyright 2000, shark404

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Table of Contents

1.	Reversion History
2.	Intro
3.	Pricing Guide
4.	Credits
5.	Disclaimer
6.	Contacting Author
7.	Outro


1. Reversion History

Version: 1.0
Date: 8/16/00
-	First and final update, I think

Version: 1.1
Date: 8/16/00
- may now have this FAQ. BTW, this is the final update.


2. Intro

Hello, I am here to give you help on how to price the things in your 
park so you will not overcharge for rides and lose customers, or 
undercharge and not make enough money. Well, here is the Pricing Guide…


3. Pricing Guide

Here is where I will help you on pricing out your park.

Park Entrance Fee: 

This is where you make all you money. When you first start out a park 
set it at 5 dollars. Every time its says "Your guests are commenting 
that the park entrance fee is very cheap, maybe you should consider 
raising the price" at the bottom of your screen, up the price 3 
dollars> Then when you get that message again, up the price 2 dollars 
so it will be rounded to the nearest five. When you get the message 
again, keep repeating the cycle. When your park entrance fee gets to 
$50, I don't think you should make it go up anymore, I make the rides 
10 or 20 cents higher but then leave all the prices where they are and 
you should be doing fine. Remember, this is your biggest money making 

Shops and Stalls:

You should leave their prices the same. NEVER charge money for a 
bathroom. Always put Information Kiosks everywhere and if your park is 
really big, and people tend to get lost, the stick some Information 
Kiosks at the back parts of your park and make the maps free there. 
Tip: Always put a Soda Stall near a French Fries Stall and a Burger Bar 
because the French Fries and Burgers make the people thirsty.

Transport Rides:

Its sometimes depends how much you should charge for these. I'd say 
about 50-90 cents for the Chairlift and the Miniature Railroad. If you 
have a good Monorail, I think you could get away with $1. If the 
Monorail track is short, I'd charge 70 cents. If people are saying that 
it costs too much, then lower the price. If people are saying that it 
costs too much, then lower the price. 

Gentle Rides:

You should charge little to no money for the gentle rides (excluding 
Car Ride). One reason is: they are really cheap to build. Another 
reason is: when people ride these gentle rides, it gives them more 
courage to go on roller coasters. So, if you Charge 0-30 cents for any 
of these rides (excluding Car Ride), you can probably get away with 
$1.50-$2.50 on a good roller coaster. The highest amount I would charge 
for one of these rides (excluding Car Ride) would be 50 cents. The 
reason why was excluding Car Ride from the prices on the other Gentle 
Rides is: It costs more money to build a car ride, and if you make a 
really good track, you don't want to be charging just 30 cents. If you 
make a good track for Car Ride, you can charge 40-60 cents for it. If 
people are saying that it costs too much, then lower the price. 

Thrill Rides:

Charge 40-60 cents for any of these. If you put some of these in 
popular places, you can get away with 80 cents sometimes. I'm not 
saying always. The best thing to do is experiment to find out which is 
a good place. If people are saying that it costs too much, then lower 
the price. 

Water Rides:

All the water rides (excluding Boat Hire) should be 50-70 cents if they 
are good. Sometimes if you have a new one you can get away with $1. For 
Boat Hire, you should charge 30-50 cents. Boat Hires are really cheap 
to make. If people are saying that it costs too much, then lower the 

Roller Coasters:

Here is what you all wanted. If you charged nothing for the Gentle 
Rides, then you can charge up to $2.50 for a really big roller coaster. 
If you didn't charge nothing for the Gentle Rides, then you can charge 
up to $1.50 for a good roller coaster. I you get a new, big roller 
coaster, then sometime you can get away with $3.00-$4.00, but after a 
while, you'll need to lower the price. For the little roller coasters, 
I charge 80 cents for but you can charge up to $1.00. The only ones you 
shouldn't charge more than 90 cents for are the pre-made small ones. If 
people are saying that the roller coasters cost too much, then lower 
the prices. 


4. Credits

You – For reading this
CjayC – For letting me put this guide on his wonderful site,
Chris Sawyer – For making the game
Me – For typing this thing up.


5. Disclaimer

This FAQ is Copyright by law 2000, shark404. This document may be 
posted at If you want to post this faq on your site you 
_MUST_ e-mail me first at, then, if I say you 
may post this on your website, you may. If you want to sell this, YOU 
MUST CONTACT ME FIRST!!!!!!! You may NOT edit it. You MAY print it out.


6. Contacting Author

You can e-mail me, shark404, at E-mail about my FAQ, 
saying it rocks and stuff. Don't e-mail me chain letters and stupid 
stuff like that. You MAY e-mail me with questions about the game. 


7. Outro

See you in the next FAQ!

- Shark404