This thread is to discuss the release of the Amusement Busienss/Economics Research Associates attendance numbers.
I thought about waiting another day to start this thread, as not all the information has been released, including the Worldwide Numbers.
But let's start with a look at the increases the North American Parks got in 2005.
1. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., 2.8 million, +24 percent
2. Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. 14.5 million, +8.5 percent
3. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., 2.6 million, +8.3 percent
4. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 2.3 million, +7.3 percent
5. Paramount Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario, 3.6 million, +7 percent
6. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 16.1 million, +6.5 percent
7. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., 2.9 million, +6 percent
8. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 9.9 million, +5.5 percent
9. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 4.3 million, +5.1 percent
10. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.6 million, +5 percent
11. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.2 million, +5 percent
12. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., 2.8 million, +5 percent
Industry Average, +4.2 percent
13. Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., 5.8 million, +3.6 percent
14. SeaWorld San Diego, 4.1 million, +2.5 percent
15. Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 4.5 million, +2.3 percent
16. Morey's Piers in Wildwood, N.J., 3.1 million, +1 percent
17. SeaWorld Orlando, 5.6 million, +0.2 percent
First off, the first thing that surprised me was who well Six Flags did this year, guess the Mr. Six advertising paid off.... (and it was a lot less than what Disney spent on Advertising)
So seeing Magic Mountain above the Industry average caught my eye, especially since USH and Knott's (along with the rest of the Universal and Cedar Fair) didn't have a good year. Some of it was expected, with all the money Disney was spending on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, you figured that the nearby parks would take a hit. But SFMM's new addition this year was just a new story line for the Batman Stunt Show.
Six Flags Inc., which invested $135 million in new rides around the nation for the 2005 season, was rewarded with a 5.7 percent increase across the chain, according to Amusement Business. The opening of a water park at its Six Flags Great America park in Gurnee, Ill. helped boost attendance by 24 percent.
"They did very well in their most populace markets," Zoltak said.
Also, it looked like Disney's plan to make the celebration a worldwide celebration worked, as Florida got a nice hike. (Hopefully the worldwide numbers will be released tomorrow.)
The one North American park under the Industry Average, DCA....
Amazing, even with all the pushing of discounted Multi-Day ParkHoppers to tourest, and local promotions (The "Pay for Disneyland, get DCA for FREE!" ticket was offered January thru April 2005), DCA could only get an additional 170,000 folks in 2005, even though Disneyland got an extra 1,140,000 additional guests.
So almost a million "new" guests were right next door to the DLR, but decided to skip DCA......
I should also congratulate the Busch/SeaWorld parks for a good year.
Hopefully I will be able to have a full list of Disney Parks attendance tommorrow afternoon, as soon as Amusement Business releases the world wide numbers.