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23 percent increase in 2012 attendance at Disney's California Adventure

by Leah Zanolla
Jun 5, 2013

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has put out a report of park attendance for the world’s top 25 parks. Overall, the parks' attendance soared to 205.9 million people in 2012, an increase of 5.2 percent. Disney's California Adventure (DCA) is seeing the effects of Cars Land, and led the pack in the percentage increased with a 23 percent increase in visitors, up to 7.78 million last year. Disneyland Park was one of the only parks to decrease, down 1.1 percent to 16 million, as many of its visitors shifted their attendance to DCA.

Disney's net income in the second quarter went up 32 percent to $1.51 billion, partially due to its reinvestment in DCA. Disney's Chief Financial Officer, Jay Rasulo said this is working exactly as planned. "We had a very uneven distribution where most people spent most of their time at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure was empty. Now, half of the folks go to one, half of the folks go to the other. It’s almost a dream come true."

Prices at the Disney theme parks went up this week; prices are between $90-$95, depending on which park you visit.

Interesting to note are the numbers for Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando - the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This park only saw a 4 percent increase in 2012. Perhaps the boy wizard’s magic is wearing off?

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