What will 2010's top 10 for theme park attendance look like?
Published: January 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Last year's U.S. theme park champion
We've got clues aplenty, as individual parks and companies have released attendance data in federal SEC reports and press releases. We know that Universal Orlando's attendance is way up, and that Walt Disney World's attendance likely was down. Disneyland increased a bit, and California Adventure was up a lot. But we need to put it all together.
Will this be the year that Disneyland reclaims the attendance crown from its younger sibling, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom?
It seems a given, at this point, that - thanks to Harry Potter - Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure will be the first Orlando-area park to beat a Walt Disney World park in attendance. But can it pass even Epcot to become the number two park in Orlando, behind the Magic Kingdom?
Can Universal Studios Florida ride IOA's coat-tails to beat Disney's Animal Kingdom, traditionally the least-attended Walt Disney World park? Or could World of Color boost California Adventure to beating one of its Disney World sister parks?
Will we see just a reshuffling of the Top 10, or will another park knock out Universal Studios Hollywood or SeaWorld Orlando to enter the list?
My best guess?
2. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
4. Disney's Hollywood Studios
5. Universal's Islands of Adventure
6. Disney's Animal Kingdom
7. Disney California Adventure
8. Universal Studios Florida
9. SeaWorld Orlando
10. Universal Studios Hollywood
But remember, I'm an idiot when it comes to predictions. Please submit your guess for the 2010 U.S./North America theme park attendance leaders in the comments and we'll see who can pick the Top 10 better than I can.