2006 theme park attendance data released (finally!)
Written by Robert Niles
When Amusement Business magazine folded last year, many theme park fans wondered where we would be able to get a list of annual park attendance, since AB wouldn't be around to publish its annual list anymore. Well, AB's partner in producing that data, Economics Research Associates (ERA), has teamed up with TEA (formerly Themed Entertainment Association), to produce the TEA/ERA Theme Park Attendance Report.Tweet
As expected, Disney laid the smack down in 2006, posting strong attendance gains while Six Flags and Universal parks largely declined or remained flat.
Here are the world's top 10, for 2006:
And the top 10 U.S. theme parks, by attendance:
The next 10 North American parks are (in order):
The largest year-over-year percentage attendance gain in the report was posted by Legoland California, which was up 16.6 percent to 1.66 million.
The full report is available online at http://www.connectingindustry.com/pdfs/TEA-ERAAttendance06.pdf (Yep, it's a PDF file. And a biggie.) For comparison, here is last year's AB report.
[Correction: Reader Travis points out that the reported attendance for Six Flags Great Adventure in the TEA/ERA report is larger than that of Hersheypark, which TEA/ERA lists one slot ahead of SFGAdv. I've flipped them in the rankings on this page as a result.]
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