As HBO threw us into the expansive world of Westworld, the beauty of the landscapes and intricacy of the storylines built to exist within the fictional town of Sweetwater were astonishing. And, despite the fact there were hosts malfunctioning, there's no doubt that many viewers went away from the episode kind of wishing such a theme park existed in the real world.
But as we all know, theme parks are only getting more and more expensive to visit, and unfortunately the same can be said for a trip to Westworld. So how much would it cost to visit the park? Well, according to the online host at the Westworld website, Discover Westworld, it appears that your average visit to the park would cost you a whopping $40,000 per day.
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Yep, it's insane price tag, but I guess that's the price you pay to be able to experience life in a western and live out any fantasy you wish. And by any fantasy, I do mean any fantasy, because as Aeden told me - Westword is totally lawless.
And it seems like park-goers totally embrace the lawless environs of Westworld, as evidenced by one of the first guests we came across. As Teddy traveled to Sweetwater on the train, we heard the man in front of him talking about his previous Westworld experiences. After telling a fellow train passenger about his first visit to the park with his family, he then talked about his second experience when he visited the park alone for two weeks and "went straight evil." It was probably just as well that the man called the two weeks "the best two weeks of [his] life," because in total that experience cost him at least $560,000.
Throughout the episode we heard a few hints that Westworld was no cheap thrill, including the man who replied to his wife's delight at beauty the town, "it better be for what we're paying." However, though the series creators have confirmed that Westworld is set in the 21st Century, that definitely doesn't mean that the series is set in present day. As Redditor GideonWainright pointed out, if Westworld was set 50 years in the future, the $40,000 price tag would actually be the equivalent of around $9,124 of today's money. Sure $9,000 is still expensive, but with financing it's definitely more accessible to the upper-middle class.
Aeden also let me know that your park fee means that you start your journey in Westworld with a "sizeable amount" of money to fund your Westworld lifestyle, and when/if that runs out you can make more by gambling or collecting bounties on wanted criminals from the sheriff.
Although Westworld is expensive, when you consider that you can essentially live out all of the elaborate, wonderful, sick or depraved fantasies that you could possibly dream of, perhaps in the long run $40,000 a day to visit Westworld would be a small price to pay.
Watch Westworld when it returns to HBO with Episode 2 'Chestnut' on October 9.