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Shanghai's World Expo sets new themed attraction attendance records

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Published: November 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Bob Rogers, whose company produced the U.S. pavilion at this year's World Expo in Shanghai, sent along some news about the absolutely stunning crowds packing the event.

Think of the most crowded day you've ever experienced in a theme park. Now imagine standing in this:

Crowds on Oct. 16 at the Shanghai Wordl Expo 2010

On October 16, more than one million people visited the Expo. That's right. One million people. In one day.

According to the official count, 1,032,700 people visited the Expo that day, breaking the single-day world's fair attendance record set in 1970 in Osaka, Japan. Officials in China had said that the Expo's maximum daily capacity was 600,000. China's Chongyang Festival, coupled with good weather, helped drive the attendance boost, which left visitors waiting up to 12 hours for some pavilions.

As of the 16th, the Expo, which opened in May, had attracted 64,589,600 visitors. To put that in perspective, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - the world's most popular theme park - welcomed 17.2 million guests in all of 2009. In less than six months, the Shanghai World Expo has attracted nearly four times the number of visitors the Magic Kingdom gets in a year.

Now that's a popular park!

Readers' Opinions

From Daniel Etcheberry on November 1, 2010 at 12:26 PM
That's the reason China will have two Disneylands. I just wonder how was the restroom experience at that expo.
From Joshua Kirkpatrick on November 1, 2010 at 7:26 PM
I remember going to the Indianapolis 500 in 1995 and there was estimated to be around 500,000 people in attendance. I can't imagine a crowd that big. They need to get several parks there ASAP.
From 72.50.105.56 on November 1, 2010 at 8:10 PM
That is just crazy! I don't mean crazy "good", I mean crazy "crazy!!". I know over there is common that every single and expected everything to be crowded, but that many people can't be fun. Luckily they didn't have an earthquake or a terrorist attack or a mutiny or something. Cause they would have broken a couple of records too. The not so good kind of records...

It is amazing though to see an event of that scale, and more amazing to hear something that in our Capitalist society you would almost never hear "Don't come today, come another day!!" That's how dangerous 400,000 people over capacity is.
Interesting news...

-Francisco-

From Ray Schroeder on November 2, 2010 at 5:51 AM
I was in Shanghai Sep'09. I was amazed at all the construction and preparations going on to get ready for the Expo. It's looks like a success. They were already selling Expo merchandise in '09. I was able to get a pin of the Expo Mascot.
From 84.56.113.215 on November 2, 2010 at 1:01 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Not a 6th Dinseyland clone. They should keep that expo for a while instead. Loved the one we had in Hannover, which was much smaller. But lines were a pain even at that low attended expo. They should just always open them at least a full year.
From 68.81.88.34 on November 3, 2010 at 5:50 PM
I was actually at the Shanghai Expo in early September and the crowds were "light" - about 300,000-400,000 people. Even then, some pavilions had 3-4 hour waits. (Obviously, I never waited in those lines.) But trust me, the expo had some cool things, but nothing compared to any amusement park.
From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso on November 5, 2010 at 5:15 PM
Darn! I'd rather spend Christmas Day, Easter, or Independence Day in the Magic Kingdom than there! (The memories of Christmas 96 are coming back to me now. I couldn't ride more than two rides because the crowds were up to the brim!)

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