The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has released their 2018 theme park attendance figures. It should be noted that the numbers represented below are not actual numbers reported by Disney, but the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is recognized in the industry as the most precise metric to judge attendance and growth in the theme park industry.
Throughout the industry, growth was observed that lead to an estimated 500,000 people attending theme parks worldwide for the first time in the index’s history. As you might expect, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is still the most visited theme park in the world, followed by Disneyland Park in California at just over 2,000,000 visitors behind. It’s a comfortable lead, but one that could shrink in 2019 with the introduction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park.
The strongest year-over-year growth was observed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom thanks to continued strong performance from Pandora – The World of Avatar. Disney’s Hollywood Studios saw a modest bump from the introduction of Toy Story Land, and should see strong 2019 numbers with the introduction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in August.
Internationally, Tokyo DisneySea saw the biggest year-over-year growth and with a groundbreaking ceremony just days ago for an eighth themed port (or land) and the opening of Soaring: Fantastic Flights this summer, the future looks good there as well. Strong numbers at Tokyo Disneyland also bode well for the resort as a whole. Disneyland Paris saw modest to small growth.
For a look at the Top 25 theme parks worldwide, check out the table below.
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