Branson, Missouri's Silver Dollar City reported today that the park broke its all-time attendance record in 2018, welcoming 2,184,000 visitors last year.
Silver Dollar City in March opened Time Traveler, $26 million Mack Rides spinning coaster that set records as the world's fastest, tallest, and steepest spinning coaster. With a 100-foot, 90 degree drop, two launches, and three inversions, including a vertical loop, dive loop, and zero-G roll, the coaster won raves from fans, including our James Rao.
Meanwhile, Swedish theme park Liseberg also reported its 2018 attendance. The park attracted 3,055,000 visitors in 2018 — down a scant 5,000 guests from 2017's 3,060,000 attendance. Higher attendance for Halloween and Christmas festivals helped offset a four percent decline in attendance during the summer season last year at the park.
Perhaps that summer attendance might have pushed higher if Liseberg's record-setting roller coaster, Valkyria, hasn't been delayed until a mid-August opening. With a 164-foot drop, the Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster is Europe's tallest and longest installation of that model.
We have seen this same pattern at countless parks before, where record-setting roller coasters help drive record-setting attendance. But to take full advantage of that potential, you've got to have your coaster open at the start of the season... and not toward its end.
We should get a more complete view of attendance trends across the industry when the TEA/AECOM Theme Index attendance report for 2018 comes out this spring.Tweet
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