Themed Entertainment Association publishes the 2015 theme park attendance estimates

May 25, 2016 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:39am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM has today published the 2015 Theme Index: Global Attractions Attendance Report.

This industry report provides a guide to theme park attendance worldwide, giving estimates of attendance change year on year. Disney and most other large theme parks do not provide any official attendance figures, so this report represents the only published estimate of attendance.

View the 2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Park Attendance report.

The Magic Kingdom continues as the world's most visited theme park, with just over 20.4 million guests in 2015, a rise of 6% from 2014 - which is up from the 3% rise the year before.

Epcot saw a rise of 3% to just under 11.8 million guests - which is an improvement on its 2% increase in the previous year.

Disney's Hollywood Studios was up 5% to 10.8 million guests - up from the 2% increase the last year, as was Disney's Animal Kingdom, which saw a boost of 5% up to 10.8 million guests.

Over at the water parks, both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach saw 5% rises in attendance, with Typhoon Lagoon receiving nearly 2.3 million visits, and Blizzard Beach just over 2.1 million.

Here is a summary of percentage change from last year at the main parks throughout the world.

(1) Magic Kingdom: 6%
(2) Disneyland: 9%
(3) Tokyo Disneyland: -4%
(4) Universal Studios Japan: 17.8%
(5) Tokyo Disney Sea: -3.5%
(6) Epcot: 3.0%
(7) Disney's Animal Kingdom: 5.0%
(8) Disney's Hollywood Studios: 5.0%
(9) Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris: 4.2%
(10) Universal Studios Florida: 16%
(11) Disney California Adventure: 3.0%
(12) Islands of Adventure: 8.0%
(19) Hong Kong Disneyland: -9.3%
(22) Seaworld Orlando: 2%
Walt Disney Studios Paris - no longer in the top 25

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RSoxNo1May 30, 2016

Knowing that Mysterious Island was the original plan for the area, AVATAR needs to be better than that. I expect the land to look great. I expect the boat ride to be a shorter version of Battle for Buccaneer Gold. I expect Flight of Passage to be the best simulator attraction in the world. These are the goals, here's hoping they can meet or exceed them.

PhotoDave219May 30, 2016

Oh Comcast is a greater evil, there's no doubt.

lazyboy97oMay 30, 2016

Comcast was clearly and immediately interested in the Universal parks and there was at the time trepidation regarding how things would fair. They weren't a prime motivation for the NBCUniversal acquisition and their is no way to know if Comcast would have changed Disney's attitudes regarding their parks.

ford91exploderMay 30, 2016

Buy Disney lock stock and barrel

Andrew CMay 30, 2016

Thanks. Uni parks aside, I'm no fan of Comcast. At all.

PhotoDave219May 30, 2016

The bid was for Disney. Here's a link from 2004 -> http://www.economist.com/node/2429092

Andrew CMay 30, 2016

Buy Disney parks. Or buy Disney?

cheezbatMay 30, 2016

It's a great thing it happened. They've turned Universal around and they continually invest in the parks. Just imagine what could've happened to WDW if Comcast were able to buy Disney out...and with Burke in charge.

ford91exploderMay 30, 2016

Iger's Legacy will be DoveBid selling the assets of TWDC at the worlds largest online auction.

WondersOfLifeMay 30, 2016

No... Try asking someone more like Shaggy, or Doc Brown where they're from... Not a random wizard worker. That's like asking a worker at EPCOT's Mexico pavilion where they live... It's not a specific character.

DisoneMay 30, 2016

Yeah. I prefer to be optimistic. Miss steps happen but over all Iger and Staggs were doing well for the parks. In Chappie's first few months.... have already made me miss Tom. I know, Staggs and Tom did not grow WDW like Eisner did. Truth. But Eisner also had a much smaller WDW to grow then Iger did.

squidwardMay 29, 2016

Iger is definitely cut from some cloth, one that I pray leaves Disney soon.

jt04May 29, 2016

New tech is being developed. As seen with Shanghai Pirates and will be clear with Pandora and Star Wars. We already see new tech shining with Soarin'. I do not see, nor will I ever understand, how the blindly cynical even get out of bed in the morning. Assuming they can even sleep. Which I doubt. Elon Musk is an optimist. Which is why he succeeds. I suspect Iger is cut from the same cloth. His legacy will ultimately make the doubters here look ridiculous. Most already understand that but are too polite to say so.

jt04May 29, 2016

Looking as the trend lines even in an era of a decade of economic stagnation, it is a good thing WDW built all those new accommodations and infrastructure upgrades such as Disney Springs and roads. Because when the economy finally starts recovering next year the numbers will really astound. Not that they arent already amazing.