Attendance Numbers re-examined

Over on the Discussion Boards at member Darkbeer has broken down the top 25 ranked US theme parks in a more useful manner, visits per operating day. This gives a slightly different top 5 and pushes California Adventure all the way down to 14th.

Let’s look at the AB/ERA 2005 numbers from a Average Daily
Attendance viewpoint. (I am going to the parks operating schedule to
figure out the days open, and then dividing it into the year
attendance, then rounding).

1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 44,110
2. Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. 39,725
3. Paramount Canada’s Wonderland in Maple, Ontario, 28,350 (127 days)
4. Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 27,125

5. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 23,560

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Interesting to note the huge drop off between the two big boys and everybody else. I’d also like to see the AB/ERA judged against total estimated
capacity for each park. ie, which parks are consistantly meeting their
goals. These are numbers I’m sure industry insiders have.

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6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, 22,465
7. Paramount’s Kings Island in Kings Island, Ohio, 21,855 (151 days)
8. Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, N.J., 21,680 (143 days)
9. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, 21,380 (145 days)
10. Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., 21,260 (127 days)
11. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., 20,440 (137 days)
12. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., 17,900 (162 days)
13. Universal Studios in Orlando, 16,715
14. Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., 15,890
15. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., 15,855 (164 days)
16. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 15,780
17. SeaWorld Orlando, 15,345
18. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif., 14,020 (214 days)
19. Universal Studios Hollywood, 12,950 (363 days)
20. Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 12,330
21. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 11,780
22. SeaWorld San Diego, 11,235
23. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., 10,220 (274 days)
24. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 9,960 (231 days)
25. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., 9,535 (364 days)

1 thought on “Attendance Numbers re-examined”

  1. I was wondering if the actual attendance for July 17th, 2005 celebration was more or less than expected. We were there and it didn’t seem crowded. On the contrary the day before seemed busier. Thank you.

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