Magic Kingdom tops 20 million in 2015 theme park attendance report
The theme park industry's annual attendance report is out, and Disney and Universal theme parks continue to dominate. Attendance grew five percent overall at the world's top 25 theme parks, led by massive surges to theme parks in China, according to the 2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index
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Among parks well known to western fans, the Universal Studios theme parks in Japan and Florida posted the largest gains in attendance last year. Universal Studios Japan saw a 17.8% increase in attendance, to pass Tokyo DisneySea and take the number four spot worldwide, with 13.9 million visitors last year. Universal Studios Florida jumped 16 percent to 9.6 million visitors in 2015, to take the number 10 spot globally from Disney California Adventure.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom continued as the world's most popular theme park, topping the 20 million mark in annual attendance.
The Tokyo Disney theme parks suffered slight declines, along with Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and Lotte World, as tourism in Asia generally found the year difficult, beyond the massive surge of domestic visitors to new parks in China. SeaWorld San Diego also saw its attendance continue to decline, though SeaWorld Orlando and the Busch Gardens parks saw very slight gains.
Here are the North American top 20:
- Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 20.5 6%
- Disneyland 18.3 9%
- Epcot 11.8 3.0%
- Disney's Animal Kingdom 10.9 5%
- Disney's Hollywood Studios 10.8 5%
- Universal Studios Florida 9.6 16%
- Disney California Adventure 9.4 7%
- Islands of Adventure 8.8 8%
- Universal Studios Hollywood 7.1 4%
- SeaWorld Orlando 4.8 2%
- Busch Gardens Tampa 4.3 3%
- Knott's Berry Farm 3.9 5%
- Canada's Wonderland 3.6 2%
- SeaWorld San Diego 3.5 -7%
- Cedar Point 3.5 8%
- Kings Island 3.4 3%
- Hersheypark 3.3 2%
- Six Flags Magic Mountain 3.1 9%
- Six Flags Great Adventure 3/1 9%
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2.8 3%
And the global top 10:
- Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
- Tokyo Disneyland 16.6 -4%
- Universal Studios Japan 13.9 17.8%
- Tokyo DisneySea 13.6 -3.5%
- Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Disneyland Paris 10.4 4.2%
- Universal Studios Florida
Previous theme park attendance reports:
Another sign that TEA/AECOM really has no idea.....the cover is DL, yet is credited as Magic Kingdom at WDW. Hah!
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Disney in Orlando hardly any investment, no e-ticket attractions in over 10 years yet still have an upward surge. Crazy. The fact Hollywood Studios is still pulling in customers is insanity.
Disney just announced their theme park numbers were down in Florida did they not? but TEA/AECOM are just guessing anyway.
Disneyland took the second spot back at least. Wow, SeaWorld San Diego really took a dive. Soon it could be overtaken by CEDAR POINT!?!?
Good catch, Agent 67.
Very happy to see Knott's up 5%. Their focus on theme with a family-friendly atmosphere and a nod to their past is paying off. Good for them.
As always, the MK is the linchpin of WDW's popularity. Pandora might pull some guests away from the Kingdom, but I figure not much will change until Star Wars Land opens.
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TEA pulled the report temporarily to fix the MK/DL goof. I've changed the link at the top of the post to go to the newly posted, corrected version of the report.
20 M Suckers!!!! Iger's greed knows no boundaries.What would walt think?
So Matt Ouimet publicly stated during conference calls that Knott's had passed the 4 million mark earlier in the fall and that the property as a whole drew over 5 million visitors by the end of the year. And here we have the TEA numbers at 3.9 million for Knott's and Soak City doesn't even appear on the water park list. Something obviously doesn't add up.
20+ million.... Jeez. That's crazy talk.
My take on this year's results:
These TEA reports are so inaccurate. With Disneyland's 60th crowds, there's no way that Disneyland didn't pass the 20 million mark. Also, there are a lot of rumors circulating around claiming that DCA passed the 10 million mark this year. To top it all off, Cedar Fair CEO, Matt Ouimet, stated that Knotts's attendance in 2015 was over 5 million, but yet TEA estimates that Knotts only received 3.9 million visitors?!?!?! Lastly, I don't believe that Magic Kingdom's attendance spiked 6% this year, if anything the most it increased by is 2%. But honestly, these estimates are about as accurate as the Touring Plans crowd calendar.
So Universal's Orlando parks pull 18.4 million and Disney attracts 54.1 million.
I'm finding it really, really hard to believe that Hollywood Studios went up 5%, in spite of all the closings that occurred last year. I recognize that the Star Wars events may have offset attendance drops, but seriously. Why would more people go to half of a park under construction?
@JT - Park. Hopper.
Jon, that is entirely possible, but if it is true I would have expected there to be significantly higher crowds after Potter opened than there have been. While this summer will be the real test, indications are that so far attendance has fallen below what USH anticipated. I'm just surprised that King Kong 360 3D resulted in a rise of 0.74 million visitors in 2010 yet Fast and Furious: Supercharged (which is essentially the same thing) combined with other smaller additions could barely get a 0.3 million increase.
AJHUMMEL WROTE - "while USO had the biggest gains of the year despite not adding anything. "
So at 54.5 million guests per year that would mean Disney theme parks are visited by an average of 149,000 guests per day. And at Universal 18.4 million guests per year that would mean Disney theme parks are visited by an average of 50,000 guests per day.
Theme parks fans, like us, are driven by new e-ticket rides. But for average visitors, smaller lines would add more to the overall experience than new rides.
"TEA pulled the report temporarily to fix the MK/DL goof. I've changed the link at the top of the post to go to the newly posted, corrected version of the report."
^ "Clever girl ..."
Worldwide Disney welcomes 138 million guests and Universal welcomes 45 million guests.
I may have to go with TH on these reports... it does sound like they are contrived nonsense.
AJ - Matt Ouimet said specifically that Knott's Berry Farm surpassed 4 million visitors, so again the numbers don't add up.
@ NB: BEST TPI PROFILE PIC EVER!!!!!!!!
WDW has very long days and attracts people with younger children. They often take an afternoon break then return later for the parade and fireworks. Is there an element of 'double dipping' in the figures?
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