Disney claims top 8 spots in 2011 global theme park industry attendance report
Written by Robert Niles
Walt Disney theme parks claimed the top eight spots worldwide in the 2011 TEA/AECOM theme park industry attendance report, released today. In North America, Universal's Islands of Adventure led the attendance gains by percentage, with an immense 29% jump in attendance from 2010 to 2011, which was the first full year of operation for the park's award-winning Wizarding World of Harry Potter.Tweet
SeaWorld San Diego jumped in attendance in 2011
SeaWorld San Diego was the only other North American park to score a double-digit percentage attendance increase, with a 13 percent jump that pushed the Southern California theme park to 11th place on the North American list and 22nd in the world.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom continued to land in the top spot on both the North American and world lists, with 17.1 million visitors last year, up 1 percent from 2010.
Here are the North American Top 20, according to TEA/AECOM, with 2011 attendance and change from 2010:
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great America
And the World Top 25:
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Yokohama, Japan
As we mentioned last week, the top 25 parks in the world drew 198.1 million visitors in 2011, up 4.8 percent from 2010. The top 20 theme parks in the United States last year drew 127 million visitors, combined, up 2.8% from 2010.
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