TEA/AECOM Theme Index attendance report. To put that into perspective, all the theme parks from Universal, Six Flags, Cedar Fair, and SeaWorld/Busch Gardens combined welcomed 126.7 million visitors last year.Disney's theme parks resorts are the most popular in the world, attracting more than 150 million visitors last year, according to the latest
Mickey Mouse's global theme park empire includes 12 theme parks and two water parks across six resorts in the United States, France, China, and Japan, including eight of the top 10 most-visited park in the world, led by the top three: Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. Clearly, theme park fans love to visit Disney. But which of Disney's many theme park resorts do fans want to visit most?
The numbers say Walt Disney World. With its four theme parks and two water parks, the Orlando-area resort is the flagship of Disney's fleet. But many factors contribute to WDW's leading position in the theme park business. With its warm winters and abundant beaches, Florida was a popular tourist destination for the huge American market even before Disney opened in 1971. With Universal Orlando and other attractions now in the area, Orlando offers a critical mass to theme park fans that makes the destination especially compelling.
What if we asked you to set aside all that context and focus only on the parks themselves? In that case, which of Disney's six theme park resorts would you most want to visit next year? Let's assume that money is not an issue, nor are travel arrangements. If Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey could transport you magically to any of Disney's theme park resorts, where would you wish to go?
Okay, let's make that if Sorcerer Yensid could transport you. Disney fans probably know that's Mickey's track record with magic spells, uh, ain't that great. Sorry Mickey.
Walt Disney World offers all those parks, including the one and only Pandora - The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the new Star Wars land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios next year.
But Disneyland is getting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge first, and also offers the history of being the only park Walt ever visited. Disney California Adventure also wins raves for its Cars Land.
Disneyland Paris might have the most beautiful castle in Disney's line-up, as well a unique version of Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor, a mash-up of the Haunted Mansion and Disney World's never-built Western River Expedition.
Hong Kong Disneyland offers Mystic Manor, one of the most unique and admired attractions in the world. It also will have Disney's first multi-attraction Marvel themed area when its Ant-Man and the Wasp ride opens next year.
Shanghai Disneyland is Disney's newest theme park resort, with its biggest castle and two of the highest-rated attractions in the world: TRON Lightcycle Power Run and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure.
Finally, Tokyo Disney includes Tokyo Disneyland, a mash-up of the best of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, along with Tokyo DisneySea, a six-time winner of our Theme Park Insider Award as the world's best theme park.
So all of Disney's resorts can make a compelling case for your time and attention. Maybe you'd like to visit a park you've never seen before. Or maybe you'd like to see a specific attraction that is only available (or will be available) at a specific resort. Or maybe you've already found your favorite Disney destination and you'd just like to go back. Just to make this more interesting, though, let's make the condition that your choice would be the only Disney theme park resort that you can visit in 2019. No visiting more than one!
Whichever resort you chose, your reasons for picking it are up to you, though I hope you will share them in the comments. So let's put this up for a vote!
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