The TEA - Theme Entertainment Association - and AECOM have published today the 2018 Theme Index: Global Attractions Attendance Report and you can download the full DPF Report HERE. Now, let's have a closer look to the numbers as, as you'll see, they bring interesting informations.
First, about the TOP 10 Theme Parks Groups worldwide. No surprise, Disney is in first position with an attendance of 157.311.000 visitors ( all parks together ) but Universal is not No 2, instead it's Merlin Entertainment Group, and Universal is No 3 with 50.068.000 visitors. Six Flags is No 7 and Sea World No 9.
Next, the always awaited TOP 25 for Theme Parks worldwide. WDW Magic Kingdom is No 1 with 20.859.000 visitors and Disneyland Anaheim No 2 with 18.666.000 visitors, followed by TDL and TDS in Japan with 17.907.000 and 14.65.000 visitors and Universal Studios Japan as No 5 with 14.300.000 visitors. Shanghaî Disneyland is doing very well with 11.800.000 visitors. WDW Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and California Adventure are No 6, 7, 9 and 12. HKDL is No 16 with 6.700.000 visitors.
But as you see Disneyland Paris parks are not in the first 12, and Disneyland Paris Park is No 13 with 9.843.000 visitors. As for DLP Walt Disney Studios it is No 23 with 5.298.000 visitors only... it's more than time that works begin to make out of this park a full day park, and a real good one if possible. Europa Park, DLP main competitor is No 21 with 5.720.000 visitors, Efteling No 22 with 5.400.000 visitors and Tivoli Gardens No 24 with 4.850.000 visitors.
Next is the Top 20 for Water Parks worldwide and Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are No 2 and 3 with a bit more of 2 Million visitors for each. Chimelong water park in Guangzhou, China, is No 1 with 2.740.000 visitors. Universal Volcano Bay is No 6 with 1.725.000 visitors, not bad for a new water park.Aquaventure Atlantis in the Bahamas is No 5 and Aquatica Orlando No 7.
The three next pictures shows the TOP 20 Amusement / Theme Parks for America, Asia and Europe.
Again, i strongly recommend to download the full PDF HERE which has plenty more of precious informations about how 2018 was globally a very good year for theme parks around the world.
Pictures: copyright TEA