Tokyo Disney reports fourth consecutive attendance decline

October 3, 2016, 8:23 AM

Attendance at the Tokyo Disney Resort over the first six months of the fiscal year declined, for the fourth consecutive year, the resort's owner reported today.

Oriental Land Co. reported that 14,329,000 people visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea between April 1 and September 30, 2016. That's a decline of about 43,000 visitors from the same period in 2015.

First-half attendance at the resort peaked at 15,099,000 visitors in 2013, following two years of aggressive attendance gains. Here are the results for the past six years, as reported by Oriental Land:

FY2016 1st Half Attendance: 14,329,000 persons
FY2015 1st Half Attendance: 14,372,000 persons
FY2014 1st Half Attendance: 15,099,000 persons
FY2013 1st Half Attendance: 15,359,000 persons
FY2012 1st Half Attendance: 13,250,000 persons
FY2011 1st Half Attendance: 10,739,000 persons

FWIW, 2013 was Tokyo Disneyland's 30th anniversary celebration, and the first full year of operation for the wildly popular Toy Story Mania ride at DisneySea.

Replies (5)

October 3, 2016, 11:55 AM

The opening of Soarin at Tokyo DisneySea is right around the corner. New Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland is down the road. Universal Japan is gaining market share with Harry Potter. Should Frozen Land be the next project at DisneySea? Marvel and Pirates of the Caribbean need a bigger presence in Tokyo. Maybe Star Wars?

October 3, 2016, 4:59 PM

S'okay - I am sure they are deftly raising prices to maintain profit margins.

October 3, 2016, 8:11 PM

Soarin won't be ready until 2019, but then the new Beauty and the Beast land will open the following year which will probably have a pretty big attendance spike. One would hope they add some new smaller but meaningful attractions between now and then.

October 3, 2016, 11:47 PM

Well, considering how I'm always hearing it's crowded 366 days each year (hehe), I'm going to consider the decline a GOOD thing. I mean, I'd really like to go one day, and not have to spend 3 days at the parks just to hit up all the attractions I'm interested in.

Are TDR and USJ really rivals? I mean...I'd say yes. But it's not like they're a 30 minute drive from one another like WDW and UOR. Heck, it's not even like they're Disneyland and Universal Hollywood.

Edited: October 4, 2016, 1:41 PM

James Rao..please shoot me an e-mail with yours when you have a chance. Wanna let you know about something. Think you might have called me a little ways back. Been a long time.

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