2009 in review: The top theme park news posts of the year
Written by Robert Niles
Yesterday, we talked about what I thought was the biggest overall story of the year in theme parks - the financial deals that involved all of the top U.S. chains. But were the most read individual stories on the Blog Flume in 2009?Tweet
Here are the top 10, by page views: (Note that I am not including tournament or voting posts in this list)
Given that many frequent Theme Park Insider visitors read our pieces on the front page of the site, this list skews toward pieces popular with folks more likely to visit the article pages directly - typically, infrequent or first-time visitors who come to the site via a search engine query or link from another website.
I suspect that a list of the most-commented articles might provide a more accurate glimpse at what stories regular Theme Park Insider readers found most compelling in 2009. Here is that top 10: (Again, not including tournament or voting posts)
Curiously, there was no overlap between the lists, though several of the most-commented stories placed between 11-30 among the most viewed. Given that the Disney purchase of Marvel topped this list, as well as yesterday's reader vote, I'm going to go ahead and declare that, in the view of Theme Park Insider readers, that acquisition was the biggest individual story of the year in the theme park business.
Next year, as always it seems, I suspect we'll see even bigger stories, including the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando.
And, of course, we'll probably see a few more cute pictures on the site, too:
Please share you thoughts about the year past, in the comments.
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