Hey Thrill Seekers,
Theme parks in the USA are on a bit of a roll at the moment, Disney, Comcast (Universal) and the newly public company SeaWorld are spending big money which can only be good for guests.
This year alone we’ve already seen or are awaiting the launch of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom plus the new land at Busch Gardens Tampa, Pantopia featuring the terrifying Falcons Fury.
It looks like money will continue to be thrown at theme parks as long as guests keep coming, and looking at the 2013 attendance figures people are still coming in their droves.
1 MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL – YOY +6.0% Visitors 18,588,000
2 DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, CA – YOY+ 1.5% Visitors 16,202,000
3 EPCOT at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL – YOY +1.5% Visitors 11,229,000
4 DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL – YOY +2.0% Visitors 10,198,000
5 DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL YOY +2.0% Visitors 10,110,000
6 DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, Anaheim, CA YOY +9.5% Visitors 8,514,000
7 ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE at universal Orlando, FL YOY+2.0% Visitors 8,141,000
8 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS at universal Orlando, FL YOY +14.0% Visitors 7,062,000
9 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, universal City, CA YOY +4.0% Visitors 6,148,000
10 SEAWORLD FL, Orlando, FL YOY -5.0% Visitors 5,090,000
11 SEAWORLD CA, San Diego, CA YOY -3.0% Visitors 4,311,000
12 BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY, Tampa, FL YOY -6.0% Visitors 4,087,000
13 KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, Buena Park, CA YOY +5.0% Visitors 3,683,000
14 CANADA’S WONDERLAND, Maple, Ontario YOY -2.0% Visitors 3,582,000
15 CEDAR POINT, Sandusky, Oh YOY +5.0% Visitors 3,382,000
16 KINGS ISLAND, Kings Island, Oh YOY 0.0% Visitors 3,206,000
17 HERSHEY PARK, hershey, PA YOY +1.3% Visitors 3,180,000
18 SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN, Valencia, CA YOY +3.5% Visitors 2,906,000
19 SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE, Jackson, NJ YOY +5.7% Visitors 2,800,000
20 BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMS BURG Williamsburg, VA YOY -4.5% Visitors 2,726,000
Great to see that the majority of the North America parks saw an increase in footfall in 2013. Orlando obviously dominates the charts with 7 of the top 10 being Florida parks.
The park that will be happiest is probably Universal Studios Orlando who saw footfall increase by a massive 14% helped by the introduction of Transformer the ride 3D and the Dispicable Me! Ride. Universal Studios will expect this trend to continue when Diagon Alley opens to the public!