AECOM Report Shows Walt Disney World Attendance Went Down In 2016

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Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM have released a park attendance report for the major theme parks nationwide for 2016.

Walt Disney World did not come out well. All four Disney parks show decreased numbers in visitors for the year.

  • Magic Kingdom fell 0.5 percent to just under 20.4 million visitors
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios also down 0.5 percent to 10.78 million visitors
  • EPCOT was down 0.7 percent to 11.7 million visitors
  • Animal Kingdom was also down 0.7 percent to 10.84 million visitors

Universal Studios theme parks seemed to fair better with an overall increase.

  • Universal Studios increased 4.3 percent to just under 10 million visitors
  • Islands of Adventure was down 0.2 percent to 9.4 million visitors

Unsurprisingly, Sea World Orlando had huge attendance loses

  • Sea World Orlando was down 7.9 percent to 4.4 million

Disneyland, the world’s second highest attended theme park next to Magic Kingdom also saw visitor declines.

  • Disneyland was down 1.8 percent to just under 18 million

Jason Garcia the associate editor at Florida Trend magazine also posted this morning about the Orlando parks market share.

  • Disney World’s market share slipped to 69.3% in 2016
    • Down from 70% in 2015
    • And down from 74% in 2009
  • Universal’s market share increased to 25% in 2016
    • Up from 23.% in 2015
    • And up from 16% in 2009 (Pre Harry Potter Expansion)
  • SeaWorld Orlando has decreased to 5.7% in 2016
    • Down from 6.2% in 2015
    • 2008 they had 9.1% (the height of SeaWorld Orlando popularity)

We have to assume that this is due to the extreme popularity of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. The question remaining now…Will Pandora – The World of Avatar turn things around for Walt Disney World in 2017?

AECOM Report Shows Walt Disney World Attendance Went Down In 2016

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Source Credit : Orlando Sentinel

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