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    2008 Theme Park Attendance

    Top 20 Amusement Parks/Theme Parks North America

    1. MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida………………………………..17,063,000

    2. DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, Calfornia………………………………………………………………………………..14,721,00 0

    3. EPCOT at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida…………………………………………………10,935,000

    4. DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida………..9,608,000

    5. DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida……………….9,540,000

    6. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS at Universal Orlando, Florida……………………………………………………….6,231,000

    7. SEAWORLD FLORIDA, Orlando, Florida ……………………………………………………………………….5,926,000

    8. DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, Anaheim, California……………………………………………5,566,000

    9. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE at Universal Orlando, Florida………………………………………………..5,297,000

    10. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, Universal City, California……………………………………..4,583,000

    11. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY, Tampa Bay, Florida………………………………………………………4,410,000

    12. SEAWORLD CALIFORNIA, San Diego, California……………………………………………………………4,147,000

    13. KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, Buena Park, California……………………………………………………………..3,565,000

    14. CANADA’S WONDERLAND, Maple, Ontario………………………………………………………………….3,380,000

    15. CEDAR POINT, Sandusky, Ohio…………………………………………………………………………………….3,198,000

    16. KINGS ISLAND, Kings Island, Ohio……………………………………………………………………………….3,126,000

    17. BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE, Williamsburg, Virginia………………………………………………………3,094,000

    18. HERSHEY PARK, Hershey, Pennsylvania……………………………………………………………………….2,842,000

    19. SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE, Jackson, New Jersey…………………………………………………..2,761,000

    20. SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA, Gurnee, Illinois……………………………………………………………….2,669,000


    Top 20 Worldwide Amusement/Theme Parks (2008)


    1. MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida………………………………..17,063,000

    2. DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, California……………………………………………………………………………….14,721,00 0

    3. TOKYO DISNEYLAND, Tokyo, Japan…………………………………………………………………………….14,293,000

    4. DISNEYLAND PARK AT DISNEYLAND PARIS, Marne-La-Vallee, France………………………..12,688,000

    5. TOKYO DISNEY SEA, Tokyo, Japan………………………………………………………………………………12,498,000

    6. EPCOT at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida…………………………………………………10,935,000

    7. DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida………..9,608,000

    8. DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida………………9,540,000


    9. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, Osaka, Japan…………………………………………………………………8,300,000

    10. EVERLAND, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea…………………………………………………………………………6,600,000

    11. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Florida………………………………………..6,231,000

    12. SEAWORLD FLORIDA, Orlando, Florida……………………………………………………………………….5,926,000

    13. DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, Anaheim, California……………………………………………5,566,000

    14. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Florida………………………………….5,297,000

    15. OCEAN PARK, Hong Kong SAR……………………………………………………………………………………..5,030,000

    16. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, Universal City, California…………………………………….4,583,000

    17. YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE, Yokohama, Japan……………………………………….4,555,000

    18. HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, Hong Kong SAR……………………………………………………………….4,500,000

    19. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY, Tampa Bay, Florida……………………………………………………..4,410,000

    20. LOTTE WORLD, Seoul, Korea………………………………………………………………………………………..4,236,000
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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    Thanks for this info!
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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    Disney rules the world once again, dominating all markets and bringing in more visitors than most other theme park chains combined. However, their low showing at Hong Kong DL should be cause for concern. Attendance was actually up at the park this past year, but with only 4 million visitors, it is the worst performing Disney park by a large margin. Plus, the recent layoffs in the HKDL operation have all but killed the expansion plans that might have made the park more viable. So while attendance was up, the outlook is not good.

    And it is good to read that DAK experienced record attendance. The park is not perfect (Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama? Puh-LEASE!), but it is very underrated by most.

    The only problem with these numbers is that WDW will never be motivated to improve the Magic Kingdom if people keep flocking in droves to the park for a "diminishing by degrees" experience (thanks, Mr. Yee).
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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    One more note: theme park attendance across the board was healthy, which indicates the recent economic downturn did not really hit the industry until late 2008 after most of the regional parks closed for the season (a point made in the attendance report, several times). I expect the numbers will be a lot lower in next year's report, unless things turn around soon.

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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    Quote Originally Posted by bigwig30 View Post
    Disney rules the world once again, dominating all markets and bringing in more visitors than most other theme park chains combined. However, their low showing at Hong Kong DL should be cause for concern.
    My cause of concern is how fake the numbers are. Everyone who has been to TDL, even in the slow season, can tell you they pack big crowds when compared to the MK. I wonder how much money the WDC is paying under the table for these questionable surveys....

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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    I was about to ask that same thing. There's no way that the Magic Kingdom in Orlando gets more visitors than TDL does. Methinks they do whatever it takes with the numbers to make Magic Kingdom stay on top so they can still have the thought that its the vacation kingdom of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    My cause of concern is how fake the numbers are. Everyone who has been to TDL, even in the slow season, can tell you they pack big crowds when compared to the MK. I wonder how much money the WDC is paying under the table for these questionable surveys....
    something is strange and that is for sure. what I would like to know is how they explain all the masses of people constantly filling up TDL. that park feels mega crowded at slow days, and that is with wiiide walkways. endless lines to the most simple rides... during parades and shows
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    Numbers don't lie.

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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    both Universal parks dropped over 2%, yet the Disney parks generally increased
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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    My cause of concern is how fake the numbers are. Everyone who has been to TDL, even in the slow season, can tell you they pack big crowds when compared to the MK. I wonder how much money the WDC is paying under the table for these questionable surveys....
    Absolutely true. Like I said in the topic for HKDL attendance, TEA shorted TDR attendance by 500000 and a lot of the other numbers are puzzling.

    Everland in South Korea has never had a bad year, always growing in attendance and this year, they opened up the best wooden rollercoaster in the world. Yet, according to TEA, attendance fell 8%! Then, to make that number even fishier, the water park portion of the resort GREW 11%. So what gives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJMcB View Post
    both Universal parks dropped over 2%, yet the Disney parks generally increased
    The report attributed the drop to all the construction that is occurring at the Universal parks. Also stated many folks are postponing Universal vacations until work is complete.

    I know that is true for me - I'll be heading back to Universal once both Rip, Ride, Rockit & Harry Potter are complete. Too expensive for me to visit Orlando every year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    Numbers don't lie.
    oh, but what about the bean counters?
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    Re: 2008 Theme Park Attendance

    I posted the exact list on the disneyland forums a while back. Disney rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    Numbers don't lie.
    Oh yes they do. WDC without Walt Disney isn't the same as it used to be. It's run by idiots (EISNER and his dumbo statement "Small parks=success" look what happened to HKDL!!!!!).

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    the people that come up with the number do LIE. there is no chance that TDL has fewer visitors than MK. It just canīt be. It would be like saing tigers are blue.
    I guess it takes a visit to TDL on a "slow" day to realize that these numbers belong in fantasyland.
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