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    Amusement park attendance rises 4.2 percent in 2005 - AP, 12/25/05

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    Powered by strong investment in new rides, the 50th anniversary of Disneyland and a hurricane season that bypassed the theme park capital of Orlando, attendance at North America's 50 most popular amusement parks rose 4.2 percent in 2005.

    An estimated 176 million visitors went to North America's most popular parks, according to an annual survey to be released Monday by the trade publication Amusement Business and the research firm Economics Research Associates.

    Disney's four parks in Florida and two parks in California benefited from the celebration with new rides, stage shows and parades. The Florida parks had attendance increases of between 5 percent and 6 and 1/2 percent, while Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. respectively saw growth of 8 and 1/2 percent and 3.6 percent.

    The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, with 16.1 million visitors, and Disneyland in California, with 14.5 million visitors, were not only the two most visited parks in North America in 2005, but they were the best-attended parks in the world. In North America, the remaining top 5 spots were filled out with Disney's other Florida parks: Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom.

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    Re: Amusement park attendance rises 4.2 percent in 2005 - AP, 12/25/05

    Here is a link to the Top 25 North American Parks...

    http://www.daytondailynews.com/local...parkslist.html


    1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 16.1 million, +6.5 percent

    2. Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. 14.5 million, +8.5 percent

    3. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 9.9 million, +5.5 percent

    4. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.6 million, +5 percent

    5. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.2 million, +5 percent

    6. Universal Studios in Orlando, 6.1 million, -8.5 percent

    7. Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., 5.8 million, +3.6 percent

    8. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 5.76 million, -8.5 percent

    9. SeaWorld Orlando, 5.6 million, +0.2 percent

    10. Universal Studios Hollywood, 4.7 million, -6 percent

    11. Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 4.5 million, +2.3 percent

    12. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 4.3 million, +5.1 percent

    13. SeaWorld San Diego, 4.1 million, +2.5 percent

    14. Paramount Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario, 3.6 million, +7 percent

    15. Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., 3.47 million, -3 percent

    16. Paramount's Kings Island in Kings Island, Ohio, 3.3 million, -5.1 percent

    17. Morey's Piers in Wildwood, N.J., 3.1 million, +1 percent

    18. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, 3.1 million, -2 percent

    19. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif., 3 million, flat

    20. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., 2.9 million, +6 percent

    21. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., 2.8 million, +24 percent

    22. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., 2.8 million, +5 percent

    23. Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., 2.7 million, flat

    24. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., 2.6 million, +8.3 percent

    25. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 2.3 million, +7.3 percent


    Source: Amusement Business and Economics Research Associates
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    Re: Amusement park attendance rises 4.2 percent in 2005 - AP, 12/25/05

    Let's change the order, showing the parks with the highest percent of increases....



    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
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    Re: Amusement park attendance rises 4.2 percent in 2005 - AP, 12/25/05

    Let's look at the AB/ERA 2005 numbers from a Average Daily Attendance viewpoint. (I am going to the parks operating schedule to figure out the days open, and then dividing it into the year attendance, then rounding).


    1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 44,110

    2. Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. 39,725

    3. Paramount Canada's Wonderland in Maple, Ontario, 28,350 (127 days)

    4. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 27,125

    5. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 23,560

    6. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 22,465

    7. Paramount's Kings Island in Kings Island, Ohio, 21,855 (151 days)

    8. Morey's Piers in Wildwood, N.J., 21,680 (143 days)

    9. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, 21,380 (145 days)

    10. Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., 21,260 (127 days)

    11. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., 20,440 (137 days)

    12. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., 17,900 (162 days)

    13. Universal Studios in Orlando, 16,715

    14. Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., 15,890

    15. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., 15,855 (164 days)

    16. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 15,780

    17. SeaWorld Orlando, 15,345

    18. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif., 14,020 (214 days)

    19. Universal Studios Hollywood, 12,950 (363 days)

    20. Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 12,330

    21. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 11,780

    22. SeaWorld San Diego, 11,235

    23. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., 10,220 (274 days)

    24. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 9,960 (231 days)

    25. Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., 9,535 (364 days)
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    Re: Amusement park attendance rises 4.2 percent in 2005 - AP, 12/25/05

    Here are the Worldwide attendance figures for 2005 from Amusement Business/Economics Research Associates.

    1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 16.16 million, +6.5 percent

    2. Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. 14.55 million, +8.5 percent

    3. Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan 13 million, -1.5 percent

    4. Tokyo Disney Sea in Tokyo, Japan 12 million, -1.7 percent

    5. Disneyland Paris in Marne-La-Vallee, France 10.2 million, flat

    6. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 9.917 million, +5.5 percent

    7. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.67 million, +5 percent

    8. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 8.21 million, +5 percent

    9. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan, 8 million, -24 percent

    10. Everland in Kyonggi-Do, South Korea, 7.5 million, flat

    14. Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., 5.83 million, +3.6 percent

    The Walt Disney Studios in Paris dropped out of the top 50 (was 48th in 2004), attendance was about 2 million.

    Hong Kong Disneyland also didn't qualify, but it has been reported they have had over a million guests since opening in September.

    Disney also had the Top 2 U.S. Waterparks

    Typhoon Lagoon had 1,914,000 guests, a 4 percent increase.

    Blizzard Beach had 1,778,000 guests, also a 4 percent increase.

    That gave Disney about 106 million guests in total for 2005.
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