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Disney Themepark Attendance – The Numbers Game

Florida may have all the geographic variance of a pool table, but it’s the west coast theme parks that are flat (or worse) in the 2007 TEA/ERA theme park attendance estimates.

According the LA Times, Disneyland experienced slight growth in 2007, but it’s second gate continued to take a hit with 4.5% decrease over 2006. Most other west coast attractions also experienced decreases. Since nothing new opened at either park, this was to be expected. But California Adventure will see a turn around over the next four to five years.

In the Orlando area news was better. None of the area’s theme parks lost attendance. Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the big winner with 6.5% increased attendance. But it still wasn’t enough to pass Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in total visitor count.

Here are the top ten parks internationally for 2007 attendance:
1 MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA 17,060,000
2 DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, CA, USA 14,870,000
3 TOKYO DISNEYLAND, Tokyo, Japan 13,906,000
4 TOKYO DISNEYSEA, Tokyo, Japan 12,413,000
5 DISNEYLAND PARIS, Marne-La-Vallee, France 12,000,000
6 EPCOT at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA 10,930,000
7 DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena V 9,510,000
8 DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL 9,490,000
9 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, Osaka, Japan 8,713,000
10 EVERLAND, Kyonggi-Do, South Korea 7,200,000

Of particular note is the 12 million visitors to Disneyland Paris. That’s at 12.1 percent increase over 2006. Even accounting for a boost from the 15th Anniversary those are good numbers. It looks like they’re really on the right track.

Remember these are estimates and some parks dispute their figures.

The full report is available at TEA’s website in PDF form.