2012 Theme Park Attendance Results

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Today see’s the release of the annual Theme Park attendance report detailing 2012’s most popular parks based on footfall. Globally 2012 was a very positive year for the World of theme parks with attendance up by 5.2%.

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets our interest is obviously North America so we’ve concentrated just on Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld Parks.


Disney continues to be the World leader up 4.7% on 2011 with a total attendance of 126,479,000.

Magic Kingdom remains the number 1 park in the World with an annual attendance of 17,536,000 up 2.3% year on year.

Epcot welcomed in 11,063,000 visitors in 2012 making it the 6th most popular park in the World up 2.2%.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is positioned 7th with an impressive 9,998,000 visitors, again up by 2.2%.

Disney Hollywood Studios also up 2.2% on 2011 comes in 8th with 9,912,000 taking Disney’s total Florida footfall to 38,552,300!


A very strong 2012 for Universal saw them up globally 7.9% with annual visitors up to 34,515,000.

Universal Islands of Adventure home to Harry Potter, had a strong 2012 with visitors up 4% to 7,981,000 this gave it a global positioning of 10th.

Universal Studios had 6,195,000 million visitors in 2012 up 2.5% on 2011. With the launch of Transformers the ride 3D and the Simpsons expansion, Universal will be looking for a better performance in 2013.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

SeaWorld Orlando ended 2012 up 3% on 2011 with visitors totalling 5,358,000 giving it a global position of 19th.

Busch Gardens Tampa one of my personal favourite parks came in at position 23 up 1.5% with visitors hitting 4,348,000.

Here is the list of the top 20 Theme Parks in the USA

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Which is your favourite park?

Smiles included…


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