Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom continued to lead the world's theme parks in attendance last year, drawing nearly 21 million visitors in 2019. That's according to the 2019 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, released this morning by the Themed Entertainment Association.
The 2019 figures represent what might turn out to be a long-lasting high point for theme park industry attendance, which will drop substantially in 2020, thanks to the pandemic closing so many parks for so long.
But as we look back toward more successful times, here are the global top 20 parks for attendance in 2019:
Hong Kong Disneyland dropped to 21st worldwide, with 5.65 million visitors: a 15 percent decline from 2018.
In North America, top 20 parks remained unchanged, although the order shifted slightly, with Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure making the biggest gain, thanks to Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure:
Worldwide, Disney continues as the global leaders, though its parks' collective attendance was down .08 percent, to 155.991 million visitors in 2019. Merlin came in second with 67 million visitors, followed by Oct Parks China at 53.97 million, up 9.4 percent from last year. That put Universal in fourth, with a gain of 2.3 percent to 51.243 million.
But the big winner was China's Fantawild, which saw a 19.8 percent increase to 50.393 million visitors in 2019, according to the report.
The TEA/AECOM Theme Index is produced annually by the Themed Entertainment Association the analysts at AECOM. It aggregates publicly reported attendance numbers from the parks along with industry-recognized estimates of attendance at parks that do not release their numbers officially. Here are previous year's attendance reports:Tweet
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