Hey Thrill Seekers,
2017’s theme park attendance figures have been announced a lot earlier this year and we have seen a big growth from 2016 to 2017 – 2016 was a bit of a flat year where the top 10 theme park groups worldwide attendance was 438.3m but 2017 saw a bigger attendance of 475.8m.
In Orlando we saw the opening of some major attractions and parks such as Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universals Volcano Bay which is bound to have driven more guests to the ‘theme park capital of the world’ Below we can see that Walt Disney World is still the largest theme park group in the World welcoming 150,014,000 visitors which is just under 10 million more than 2016!! All of the other Theme Park Groups that feature in Orlando (see the green love hearts) are in the same position as last year but all have an increased attendance.
Top 25 Theme Parks Worldwide
As you can see Disney really do dominate the standings, there are also 6 Orlando parks featured, 5 of which are in the top 10!! This is actually one less than last year as SeaWorld doesn’t feature in this list like it did last year.
I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at the Worldwide Water Park attendance this time around too. Below is the top 10 which features 4 Orlando Water Parks.
In my opinion, Volcano Bay has smashed it!! Considering they only opened on the 25th May 2017 they have come in at 6th in the standings – Go Universal!!
Top Theme Parks in North America
Both Disney and Universal have had a very good 2017. Disney parks grew 3.0% – this is mainly thanks to Pandora — the World of Avatar. The renovation of Disney Springs has also been received very well. “Disney remains king of the industry with the top five parks in North America.” “There are six Disney parks among the Top 20 theme parks in North America and those six parks account for 55% of total attendance. Disney is leveraging the power of compelling intellectual property (IP) with Pandora — and new Star Wars-themed lands on the horizon — as did Universal with the Harry Potter attractions, and both set a leading example for the industry.”
Above is the top 20 theme parks in North America, as we can see, Disney dominate this chart again. Animal Kingdom has moved from 4th to 3rd, and had a staggering 2 million more visitors, probably due to the opening of Pandora – World of Avatar. Islands of Adventure has dropped from 7th to 8th and SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have also drop 1 place each.
I can’t wait to see how figures change in the future. 2018’s figures will be impacted by the opening of Toy Story Land, Universal’s 2 new hotels. My bet is that we will see the biggest difference with 2019 figures as Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge and a new Potter coaster are due to open.