June 7th, 2012 3:43 PM by Brent Ferry
Potter Works Magic, But The Cheese Stands Alone
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the Economics practice at AECOM has put out their 2011 Global Attractions Attendance Report.
Locally, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened nearly two years ago on June 18, 2010, created some magic for Universal Orlando Resort. Islands of Adventure enjoyed a whopping (or should I say whomping?) 29% attendance growth (7,674,000) accounting for nearly half of the 2.9% growth for all of North America.
But, despite a 1.725 million leap, Potter doesn’t touch ”The Mouse”. Both Universal parks stand behind all 4 Disney parks in Florida with the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort remaining on top as the number one most attended theme park in the USA, North America, and the World at a staggering 17,142,000, a 1% gain (and more than Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure combined!).
Here’s how the parks in Orlando fared on the Top 20 Amusement/Theme Parks in North America list.
1. Magic Kingdom 17,142,000 (# 1 worldwide)
3. EPCOT 10,825,000 (# 6 worldwide)
4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9,783,000 (# 7 worldwide)
5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9,699,000 (# 8 worldwide)
6. Islands of Adventure 7,674,000 (# 10 worldwide)
8. Universal Studios 6,044,000 (# 15 worldwide)
9. SeaWorld Orlando 5,202,000 (# 18 worldwide)
12. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 4,284,000 (# 23 worldwide)
EPCOT attendance remained flat while all other parks posted gains.
Resident water parks also did well. Typhoon Lagoon (2,058,000) and Blizzard Beach (1,891,000) take the number one and number two spots in North America and the World. Aquatica and Wet ‘n Wild round out the North American top four and also make the World list with 1,500,000 and 1,223,000 respectively.
Download the full report.