Disney World's Magic Kingdom still number one as TEA, AECOM publish 2013 theme park attendance data
Written by Robert Niles
Updated: 6/3 at 6:30 a.m. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom remains the world's most popular theme park, with a 6% increase to 18.6 million visitors a year, according to the annual theme park industry attendance report.Tweet
Still number one, worldwide
The 2013 Global Attractions Attendance Report [PDF] from the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM includes the group's estimates for attendance at top theme parks worldwide, in the United States, and for other regions around the world.
The Tokyo Disney theme parks posted the strongest gains, with a 15.9% increase pushing Tokyo Disneyland past the original Anaheim Disneyland into second place worldwide, with 17.2 million visitors in 2013. The Anaheim park increased 1.5 percent, as Tokyo DisneySea jumped 11.3 percent while holding on to fourth place.
Walt Disney World's Epcot moved up to fifth place worldwide due to a 6.9 percent attendance drop at former fifth-place park Disneyland Paris, which dropped to 10.4 million visitors last year. Epcot was up 1.5 percent, to 11.2 million visitors. Attendance grew 4.3% on average at the top 25 parks in the world last year.
Here is the global Top 10, with 2013 attendance in millions and change from the previous year's revised number:
And the Top 10 theme parks in the United States, where average attendance grew 2.7 percent in 2013 for the Top 20 parks:
Universal Studios Florida was the big winner in 2013, with Transformers and Springfield propelling the Orlando park to a 14% increase in attendance. With The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley opening there later this month, Universal Studios Florida is a strong candidate to post the biggest gains in 2014, as well.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment fell behind in 2013, with attendance declines at the two SeaWorld and the two Busch Gardens parks listed among the Top 20 in the US. SeaWorld Orlando has been languishing since peaking at 5.8 million attendance in 2009, while other major Orlando-area theme parks have seen their attendance surge.
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