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2012 Theme Park Attendance

Just a quick update to post the attendance estimates published by TEA/AECOM today at:  2013 TEA/AECOM Theme Park and Museum Index – Global Attractions Attendance Report

Below are the top 10 U.S. Parks:

Park Attendance Change
1 Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL 17,536,000 +2.3%
2 Disneyland, Anaheim, CA 15,963,000 -1.1%
3 EPCOT, Lake Buena Vista, FL 11,063,000 +2.2%
4 Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL 9,998,000 +2.2%
5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, FL 9,912,000 +2.2%
6 Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL 7,981,000 +4.0%
7 Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim, CA 7,775,000 +22.6%
8 Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, FL 6,195,000 +2.5%
9 Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA 5,912,000 +15.0%
10 Seaworld Florida, Orlando, FL 5,358,000 +3.0%

The combined total for the top 10 U.S. Parks rose by almost 4 million to 97 million  giving them an average increase of 5.49%, compared to last years’ 93 million.  All parks showed at least 2% growth, with the exception of one, Disneyland. However, Disney’s California Adventure showed an increase of 1.4 million visitors, giving them a percentage increase of more than 22%, which brought the entire Disneyland resort up more than 5%.

Universal parks on both coasts showed continued growth, however, the Hollywood park was their big winner this past year, adding 15% and moving them up in ranking over Seaworld Florida, from number 10 last year, to number 9. Their parks in Florida also continue to show good increases and will likely do the same in the coming year with new additions opening throughout the year.

Even though Seaworld Florida dropped to number 10 this year, percentage wise, they still grew more than any of the 4 Disney Orlando parks individually. Not that they have a bad park or didn’t make some worthy changes this past year themselves, but it would probably be safe to say that some of this growth credit could be indirectly related to Disney and Universal’s latest additions.

If you want to see more historical detail, be sure to check out a couple of spreadsheets I’ve been maintaining for a while that show more breakdowns for the U.S. parks.

The first is a view of the top 12 U.S. theme parks and their historical attendance estimates: U.S. Theme Park Attendance Estimates

The second is a specific breakdown of Walt Disney World historical attendance estimates.

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  1. Aaron
    June 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Just wait, 2012 and 2013 will see huge attendance spikes at Disney California Adventure like IOA has been seeing.

    • GrumpyFan
      June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      DCA is seeing huge numbers now that DCAs billion plus dollar makeover is done. It will be interesting to see what the long-term effect is on overall numbers for that resort.

  2. June 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Interesting stats. Obviously Harry Potter was still driving attendance last year. I’d say that ANY increase is a big positive for the parks. If Disney gets any more crowded, it will be unbearable!

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