One small point, you note that the attendance dipped in 2012, although its was noted in the summary of attendance figures that this is most likely a reflection of people's first attendance of the morning being in DCA (since the Cars expansion). Is there any actual attendance figures showing total numbers (rather than just first park attended for the day)?
"Disneyland resort in Anaheim had 23.7 million visits in2012, an increase of 1.3 million visits versus 2011. Thisincrease was driven by the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure which boosted total visits to the park to 7.8 million, a remarkable jump of 1.4 million."
On a side note, I'm always flattered whenever one of my photos is used in articles! Thanks Robert! I seriously get excited and then tell my other Disney friends!
Why would anyone calculate attendance in this manner?
The idea that attendance is counted this way originated from a web site that uses questionable sources and they’ve never been able to back up their claim or explain the ridiculous logic of counting attendance this way. It’s just plain stupid.
The purpose of the TEA reports is to put the parks on a level playing field for comparison sake. If Disney’s numbers are only counting park hoppers ticket holders for the first park they attended then the playing field is not equal for comparisons.
Have you ever noticed that destinations with multiple gates that are included for a single admission price are listed only once, but those with multiple parks that charge a separate admission are listed individually?
Disney has multiple ticket options – one-day, one-park ticket, multi-day tickets and what they call a Park Hopper ticket, which is essentially the same as buying an individual admission ticket to all of their parks for a given day, but at a discounted price. So this begs the question, if Disney charges extra to attend all of their parks then why shouldn’t your attendance count at each one you chose to visit?
The simple explanation for the decline in Disneyland attendance is that fewer people chose to visit the park last year and very likely because of the new offerings at the park next door – California Adventure.
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