According to recently released TEA-ERA Top 25 global attendance figures for 2006, eight Disney theme parks concecutively occupy the highest spots. They are listed as follows:
1) Magic Kingdom @ 16,630,000
2) Disneyland @ 14,730,000
3) Tokyo Disneyland @ 12,900,000
4) Tokyo DisneySea @ 12, 100,000
5) Disneyland Paris @ 10,600,000
6) Epcot @ 10.460,000
7) Disney-MGM Studios @ 9,100,000
8) Disney's Animal Kingdom @ 8,910,000
At 5,200,000, infant park Hong Kong Disneyland is number 18 on the list. This shows that it is a bright and rising star! Walt Disney Studios, at a meager 2,200,000, once again missed the boat.
Hong Kong Disneyland is the highest attended theme park in the Asian Pacific Rim - What a Kick-off! Leading the list of top European theme parks is Disneyland Paris. Hey, guess what? Walt Disney Studios finally weighed in for a ranking - number 17.
Disney also dominates in the area of water park attendance. The heaviest attended water park in America (as with the world) is Typhoon Lagoon at 2,050,000. It almost beat Walt Disney Studios, Paris. Number 2 is Blizzard Beach at 1,880,000.
Disney dominates the industry more than I had imagined. Although the brand name is important, I feel that the quality of the parks has in the past been of more importance to the company's success, and still should. However, with quality being down, brand name has become of equal consequence.
What do you think?