December 21, 2004
Los Angeles -- Attendance at amusement and theme parks worldwide rose 2.2% to a record 252.4 million in 2004, according to Amusement Business and Economics Research Associates.
A year ago attendance fell 1.5% to an estimate of 247 million for 2003. The increase this year reversed that decrease.
According to an article in Amusement Business, 5.3 million more guests attended the world's 50 most visited parks in 2004.
"2004 represented a rebound year as the industry works to get back to the peak years preceding the events of Sept. 11, 2001," said Ray Braun, senior vice president for Economics Research Associates.
The increase follows a difficult period for amusement parks beginning with September 11 and decreases in international travel, weather problems and concern over the economy.
The number one park in the world was Disney's Magic Kingdom with 15.1 million guests. Magic Kingdom was also number one in 2003 with just over 14 million guests.
Disneyland in Anaheim moved up to number two with 13.4 million guests, an increase from 12.7 million in 2003.
Tokyo Disneyland the leader for nearly 15 years was number three. Attendance at the Tokyo park was down compared to last year and down from its peak of 18 million in 2001.
Tokyo DisneySea was number four and drew 12.2 million guests and was flat with its previous year of 12.174 million. DisneySea opened in 2001 with 12 million guests.
Disneyland Paris was number five with an estimated 10.2 million guests in 2004, a slight decrease from 10.23 million the previous year.
Eight of the ten parks in the top ten worldwide list were Walt Disney Company theme parks.
Europe had eleven parks on the top 50 parks list.
Attendance at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen increased 30% in part due to a new roller coaster. Total attendance for 2004 was 4.24 million.
2004 Top 10 Attended Amusement & Theme Parks Worldwide
1. Disney's Magic Kingdom, 15.1 million, up from 14 million
2. Disneyland Park, 13.4 million, up from 12.7 million
3. Tokyo Disneyland, 12.7 million
4. DisneySea Tokyo, 12.2 million, up from 12.174 million
5. Disneyland Paris, 10.2 million, down from 10.23 million
6. Universal Studios Japan, 9.9 million, up from 8.8 million
7. Disney's EPCOT, 9.4 million
8. Disney-MGM Studios, 8.26 million
9. Lotte World (South Korea), 8 million, down from 8.5 million
10. Disney's Animal Kingdom, 7.82 million, up from 7.3 million
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