What If the Chocolate Factory Was a Real Place?

It’s hard not to love the magical world that Roald Dahl created in his iconic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Most of us have daydreamed about what it would have been like to win a golden ticket and go on a tour of Willy Wonka’s factory. But what if the Chocolate Factory became a reality?

We were curious about the financials of such an idea so after digging through tons of data, we calculated the cost of making Mr. Dahl’s vision a reality. Here’s what we found:

As you may have guessed, it’s quite an expensive feat to bring the Chocolate Factory to real life. From our estimations, simply keeping on the lights for an entire year would be upwards of $2 Million. That number quickly becomes a nonfactor when you find out how much a chocolate river or flying elevator would set you back! We’re talking over $30 Million for the river and $109 Million for an elevator strapped with a state-of-the-art rocket. And we haven’t even talked about the Oompa Loompas! Assuming they’re getting paid and receiving healthcare, we’re looking at another $81 Million for their labor. 

For more details and other estimates of iconic scenes from Willy Wonka like the Lickable Wallpaper or the room full of golden eggs, check out the infographic below!

What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today from Advanced Technology Services

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