The numbers talk, everything else walks — especially in the theme park industry!
Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM has officially published the 2015 Theme Index: Global Attractions Attendance Report. This industry report gives estimates of attendance change year on year for theme parks worldwide.
But why does it exist? You see, Disney and most other large theme parks don’t provide any official attendance figures, so this report represents the only published estimate of attendance. It’s worth giving a look, especially when tracking trends from park to park.
The Magic Kingdom continues as the world’s most visited theme park, with just over 20.4 million guests in 2015, a rise of 6% from 2014 – which is up from the 3% rise the year before.
Epcot saw a rise of 3% to just under 11.8 million guests – which is an improvement on its 2% increase in the previous year.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios was up 5% to 10.8 million guests – up from the 2% increase the last year, as was Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which saw a boost of 5% up to 10.8 million guests.
Over at the water parks, both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach saw 5% rises in attendance, with Typhoon Lagoon receiving nearly 2.3 million visits, and Blizzard Beach just over 2.1 million.
Here is a summary of percentage change from last year at the main parks throughout the world:
(1) Magic Kingdom: 6%
(2) Disneyland: 9%
(3) Tokyo Disneyland: -4%
(4) Universal Studios Japan: 17.8%
(5) Tokyo Disney Sea: -3.5%
(6) Epcot: 3.0%
(7) Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 5.0%
(8) Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 5.0%
(9) Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris: 4.2%
(10) Universal Studios Florida: 16%
(11) Disney California Adventure: 3.0%
(12) Islands of Adventure: 8.0%
(19) Hong Kong Disneyland: -9.3%
(22) Seaworld Orlando: 2%
Walt Disney Studios Paris – no longer in the top 25
What do you guys think of these stats? Let me know what you think in the comments below, and as always, stick with Inside the Magic for all your theme park news!