We’ve all dreamed of the magical world that is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That fictional factory will forever be ingrained in the minds of viewers but what if the factory came to life? In this purely hypothetical scenario, we imagined what it would cost if someone like Willy Wonka was a real-life person. How much would it cost to run a place with a chocolate river, a glass elevator and a team of Oompa Loopmas? Well, we at Advanced Technology Services did the math of how much it would cost and maintain the Chocolate Factory from this iconic book.
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!