The 2013 TEA/AECOM annual attendance report was released several days ago. Tucked away in the facts and figures are some interesting trends worth paying attention to.
A quick word on methodology: The statistics cited in the TEA/AECOM report are a combination of self-reported statistics from parks and publicly available financial reports. Though these numbers are great for looking at overall trends, they are no means exact, and are at best, rough estimates of overall attendance at theme parks.
For quick reference, here's the TEA's list of the top 20 best-attended theme parks in the world in 2013:
- Disney's Magic Kingdom (18.6 million visitors)
- Tokyo Disneyland (17.2 million)
- Disneyland (16.2 million)
- Tokyo DisneySea (14 million)
- Epcot (11.2 million)
- Disneyland Paris (10.4 million)
- Disney's Animal Kingdom (10.2 million)
- Disney's Hollywood Studios (10.1 million)
- Universal Studios Japan (10.1 million)
- Disney California Adventure (8.5 million)
- Islands of Adventure (8.1 million)
- Ocean Park (7.4 million)
- Hong Kong Disneyland (7.4 million)
- Lotte World (7.4 million)
- Everland (7.3 million)
- Universal Studios Florida (7.1 million)
- Universal Studios Hollywood (6.1 million)
- Nagashima Spa Land (5.8 million)
- SeaWorld Orlando (5.1 million)
- Europa Park (4.9 million)
1. Disney California Adventure’s redesign and expansion is paying off – could similar redesigns hit other Disney Parks?
Disney California Adventure increased attendance in 2013 by a whopping 9.5% over 2012, which makes puts in second place for attendance growth for 2013 (read on for #1). That’s certainly a staggering number, and worth paying attention to, especially as other Disney parks like EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios grew at a paltry 1.5% and 2.0% respectively during the same time period. Could similar redesigns/expansions be in the cards for these two flagging parks?
Redesigns for EPCOT have been rumored for some time, and the addition of an expanded Star Wars “land” could inject some much-needed enthusiasm into Hollywood Studios. With the California Adventure expansion bringing much needed growth to that park, it could be a compelling reason for Disney to re-invest some time and money into updating EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Meanwhile, European Disney fans will be dreaming of a major upgrade to the much-maligned Walt Disney Studios park.