Published: June 19, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Nice summary, interesting to read the initial development of Disneyland, and amazing how quickly it was up and running from conception.

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)?

Robert Niles

Published: June 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Good point. I don't know of that data, but I'd love to see it, along with any data showing the number of "unique" visitors that come to a specific park in a given year (not counting repeat visits). I've rephrased the last line a bit.

Published: June 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, and this doesn't speak to the number of unique visitors to each park, but from p.13 of the current TEA report:

"Disneyland resort in Anaheim had 23.7 million visits in
2012, an increase of 1.3 million visits versus 2011. This
increase 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."

Robert Niles

Published: June 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I'm afraid that still doesn't get to the total number of people who visited each park, since some of those resort visitors might have gone to one park only. But it does give a real sense of how the park has grown into a resort over the years.
Brandon Mendoza

Published: June 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Nice write up for the abridged history of Disneyland! It's always nice to see who influenced what era of DLR, and where the resort came from.

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!

Eric G

Published: June 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The TEA reports don’t report attendance for Disney parks based on the first park attended when a guest uses a multiple-park admission ticket.

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.

Published: June 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Mr. Niles writes: "Walt Disney died in December 1966 ..."

I Respond: Allegedly.