Well there is no doubt that the Walt Disney World Resort is easily the most visited theme park destination today. But when it comes to the biggest annual jump in attendance Universal Orlando tops the list, followed by the Disney World Parks and SeaWorld Orlando.
I know that the much popular Mouse is comparatively larger and bigger in all aspects of theme park entertainment Industry, but the Wizard boy is smarter as well, pulling crowds for Universal like never before. Indeed credit goes to the incredibly popular Potter World (responsible in bringing a revolution in Universal Orlando’s attendance history), and more importantly the multi-park experience of late with the real Hogwarts Express ride and all the new Diagon Alley adventures and the Gringotts rides for sure.
According to the latest report released by the Themed Entertainment Association – TEA and the economics division of engineering firm AECOM Universal Studios Florida registers an all-time high, scoring almost 16 percent jump in its attendance with an estimation of 9.6 million visitors in 2015 as compared to the previous year. Sister Park Islands of Adventure scores an 8 percent increase with an estimated 8.8 million visits as compared to the previous year of 2014.
For the much larger Disney World Parks it’s quite a cheerful jump in the attendance score card as well. And like always, leading from the front is the world’s most visited Magic Kingdom Park, reported to have drawn the highest number of people – around 20.4 million visitors in 2015 with a very convincing 6 percent jump in attendance. While Epcot drew 11.8 million visitors with a 3 percent jump in attendance, Disney Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios is reported to have around 10.9 million and 10.8 million visits with each registering 5 percent jump in attendance respectively.
The SeaWorld Orlando on the other hand is good enough to pull in an estimated 4.8 million visitors to its Park with a jump of about 2 percent in attendance from 2014 to 2015. Orlando’s leading water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon also enjoy their share of gains, ranking 2 and 3 in terms of attendance with a 5 percent jump. While all the Orlando Parks are marked with increasing business, the Sea World San Diego seems to be the only one that is left out with a 7 percent decline in its visits.