TEA/AECOM 2018 Theme Index global attendance report.The Walt Disney theme parks extended their lead on the rest of the industry in 2018, according to the just-released
Worldwide, Disney theme parks held the top four spots, led by Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and with Tokyo DisneySea jumping Universal Studios Japan for the fourth spot. Tokyo Disney's 35th anniversary "Happiest Celebration" was a huge hit for the resort, driving major attendance gains for the resort's two theme parks, while possibly drawing fans from Universal. Meanwhile, the top Korean theme parks continued their slide, suffering attendance declines for second year in a row.
Chinese theme parks continued to grow in 2018, led by double-digit percentage gains by Changzhou China Dinosaurs Park, Chimelong Paradise on Guangzhou, and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, which cracked the global top 10 in attendance.
Global Top 20:
In the United States, the big story last year was the resurgence of the SeaWorld theme parks, led by a 20 percent jump in San Diego, a 16 percent jump in Orlando, and a nearly five percent increase at Busch Gardens Tampa. Free beer really does help, doesn't it?
North America Top 20:
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