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TEA/AECOM releases rankings of most-attended theme parks for 2019

by Brittani Tuttle

All your favorite major theme parks normally don’t share their attendance numbers for the year — but thanks to the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the Economics practice at AECOM, we have the next best thing.

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Image courtesy of the Themed Entertainment Association and Disney

The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is released at the midpoint of each year, and shares their best guesses on attendance numbers from the previous calendar year.

You can check out the 2019 edition, as well as prior editions dating back to 2006, here.

According to the study, the top 10 theme park groups worldwide saw a 4 percent growth in attendance in 2019, with an estimated 521.2 million visitors. North American parks advanced at a modest rate of 1.2 percent with Universal’s Islands of Adventure coming out on top at 6 percent, followed by Canada’s Wonderland at 4 percent, and Knott’s Berry Farm at 3 percent.

However, due to the current state of the world and tourism, TEA estimates that it could take one to several years to return to pre-COVID operating levels at the parks.

The top 10 most-attended theme parks in North America for 2019 were:

  1. Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.)
  2. Disneyland park (Anaheim, Calif.)
  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.)
  4. Epcot (Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.)
  5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.)
  6. Universal Studios Florida (Universal Orlando, Fla.)
  7. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Universal Orlando, Fla.)
  8. Disney California Adventure park (Anaheim, Calif.)
  9. Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City, Calif.)
  10. SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando, Fla.)

You can download the entire 2019 TEA/AECOM report at TEAConnect.org.

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