Reviewing the TEA/AECOM estimates for 2018, the theme park attendance at Walt Disney World clocked in at more than 62 million guests (62,585,000).
And the media is taking notice.
But the analysis being published is not just looking back at the previous year, they are making note that WDW's accomplishments as the dominant leader in Central Florida are being identified at a time when the resort is about to add multiple attractions, hotel properties and amenities.
Simply put: Disney has an extraordinary level of momentum.
From Rick Munarriz (Motley Fool): "Momentum matters as we head into the peak summer travel season, and on that front, we got a taste of how things played out last year when Themed Entertainment Association put out its annual attendance report for 2018 on Wednesday. Disney smoked Comcast on a worldwide basis. Disney's global collection of theme parks saw its turnstile clicks climb 4.9% to an estimated 157.3 million guests last year. Comcast's Universal Studios attractions rose at a more modest 1.2% clip to entertain 50.1 million visitors.
"Things weren't so bad for Comcast in Florida, as its global results were weighed down by a sizable decline at Universal Studios Japan. Disney's results were actually padded by the success it had last year at its Asian parks. However, even if we focus on the Sunshine State, we see that Disney's four parks combined to grow at a higher pace than Universal Orlando's two theme parks for the second year in a row."
Coming soon: The NBA Experience, the Disney Skyliner system, Galaxy's Edge, Cirque du Soleil, Ratatouille, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, the EPCOT Forever show (one among several new entertainment productions), the EPCOT space restaurant, a new play pavilion at EPCOT's Life & Health, a revitalized Communicore, the TRON coaster all supported by a massive marketing campaign to celebrate the resort's 50th anniversary.
The next 55 months (through October 1, 2022) are going to be exceptional for Walt Disney World as well as the entire Central Florida hospitality/themed entertainment industry.
(Edited to correct the WDW total to the correct 62.58 million)Tweet
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