May 26th, 2016 10:22 AM by Brent Ferry
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the economics practice at AECOM has published their 2015 Theme Index. This report ranks the top theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and museums by attendance.
Atop the list at #1 - the most visited amusement/theme park in the world, is Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort with 2015 attendance of 20,492,000, a 6% increase.
Disney’s three other Orlando theme parks EPCOT (+3% / 11,798,000), Disney’s Animal Kingdom (+5% / 10,922,000), and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (+5% / 10,828,000) nab spots 3, 4, and 5 in North America and 6, 7, and 8 Worldwide.
The most impressive gain in North America came from Universal Studios Florida which enjoyed a 16% increase in attendance in 2015 (9,585,000) thanks in part to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They claim the 6th spot in North America and 10th spot Worldwide.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure (8,792,000 / 12th W / 8th N.A.) and SeaWorld Orlando (4,777,000 / 22nd W / 10th N.A.) posted gains of 8% and 2%, respectively.
Orlando’s Water Parks also faired well. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, and Wet ’n Wild ranked 1, 2, 3, and 4 in North America and 2, 3, 6, and 10 Worldwide.
Here’s an overview for our Florida Parks:
Worldwide Theme Park Rankings
1. Magic Kingdom
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
10. Universal Studios Florida
12. Universal’s Islands of Adventure
22. SeaWorld Orlando
Worldwide Water Park Rankings
2. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
3. Disney’s Blizzard Beach
6. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark
10. Wet ’n Wild
4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
6. Universal Studios Florida
8. Universal’s Islands of Adventure
10. SeaWorld Orlando
11. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
North America Water Park Rankings
1. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
2. Disney’s Blizzard Beach
3. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark
4. Wet ’n Wild
7. Adventure Island Tampa
While LEGOLAND Florida did not make North America’s Top 20, it is notable that Merlin Entertainments Group which includes LEGOLAND parks as well as new Orlando attractions - The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando - ranks 2nd as a company only behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and ahead of both Universal Parks and Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States and recently posted record breaking citywide visitation numbers of over 66 million people.
Do you have a trip to Orlando scheduled in your future? If so, check out the following links:
Discount Attraction Tickets
Disney World Ticket Price Chart
FREE Orlando Visitor Guide
Contact me for the full 2015 Theme Index Report.