Theme park attendance report released
Jun 4, 2014
The Themed Entertainment Association released their report of 2013 attendance at theme parks around the world. None of the parks release official attendance numbers, so the report is an unofficial estimate, but the report is considered to be fairly accurate.
For the fourth year in a row, North American theme park attendance has grown over two percent; attendance at the top 25 parks worldwide is up 4.5 percent. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World topped the chart, with a 6 percent increase, up to 18 and a half million visitors. Universal Studios Florida had one of the largest increases in traffic, with a 14 percent jump in visitors bringing them to just over seven million. The Magic Kingdom had the opening of much of New Fantasyland to draw in guests, while Universal opened the Transformers ride, as well as the expansion to the Springfield area.
SeaWorld saw a decrease in attendance, something that doesn't come as a surprise after the backlash surrounding the controversial Blackfish documentary. However, that film wasn't released until the end of 2013, so it didn't actually have much to do with the decline. The drop is actually credited more to bad weather around some of the company's parks, as well as increased ticket prices.
Four international Disney parks made the top ten. Tokyo Disneyland actually came in as the number two visited park in the world with just over 17 million visitors, a 15.9 percent jump from 2012. Disneyland in California was third at 16 million visitors, followed closely by Tokyo Disney Sea with 14 million.
1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 6.0% change, 18,588,000 visitors
2. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan; 15.9% change; 17,214,000
3. Disneyland, Anaheim, CA; 1.5% change; 16,202,000
4. Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo, Japan; 11.3% change; 14,084,000
5. Epcot at Walt Disney World; 1.5% change; 11,229,000
6. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; -6.9% change; 10,430,000
7. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World; 2.0% change; 10,198,000
8. Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World; 2.0% change; 10,110,000
9. Universal Studios Japan; 4.1% change; 10,100,000
10. Disney's California Adventure at Disneyland Resort; 9.5% change; 8.514,000
11. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando; 2.0% change; 8,141,000
For the full report, click here.