Shanghai's World Expo sets new themed attraction attendance records
Published: November 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM
Think of the most crowded day you've ever experienced in a theme park. Now imagine standing in this:
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!