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2008 AMUSEMENT/THEME PARK ATTENDANCE (BY COMPANY)

 

1. Disney Parks

2. Merlin Entertainment

3. Universal

4. Six Flags

5. Anheuser-Busch

 

 

2008 TOP AMUSEMENT/THEME PARK ATTENDANCE

 

1. Magic Kingdom

Lake Buena Vista, FL

17,063,000

 

2. Disneyland

Anaheim, CA

14,721,000

 

3. Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo, Japan

14,293,000

 

4. Disneyland Paris

Marnee La Vallee, France

12,688,000

 

5. Disney Sea

Tokyo, Japan

12,498,000

 

6. Epcot

Lake Buena Vista, FL

10,935,000

 

7. Disneys Hollywood Studios

Lake Buena Vista, FL

9,608,000

 

8. Disneys Animal Kingdom

Lake Buena Vista, FL

9,540,000

 

9. Universal Studios Japan

Osaka, Japan

8,300,000

 

10. Everland

Geyongg-Do, South Korea

6,600,000

 

11. Universal Studios

Orlando, FL

6,231,000

 

12. Sea World

Orlando, FL

5,926,000

 

13. Disneys California Adventure

Anaheim, CA

5,556,000

 

14. Islands of Adventure

Orlando, FL

5,297,000

 

15. Ocean Park

Hong Kong

5,030,000

 

16. Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

4,583,000

 

17. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Yokohama, Japan

4,555,000

 

18. Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong

4,500,000

 

19. Busch Gardens Africa

Tampa Bay, FL

4,410,000

 

20. Lotte World

Seoul, South Korea

4,236,000

 

21. Sea World

San Diego, CA

4,147,000

 

22. Europa Park

Rust, Germany

4,000,000

 

23. Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen, Denmark

3,972,000

 

24. Nagashima Spaland

Kuwana, Japan

3,734,000

 

25. Port Aventura

Salou, Spain

3,600,000

 

26. Knotts Berry Farm

Buena Park, CA

3,565,000

 

27. Canada's Wonderland

Ontario, Canada

3,380,000

 

28. De Efteling

Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

3,200,000

 

29. Cedar Point

Sandusky, OH

3,198,000

 

30. Kings Island

Kings Mills, OH

3,126,000

 

31. Gardaland

Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

3,100,000

 

32. Busch Gardens Europe

Williamsburg, VA

3,094,000

 

33. Liseberg

Gothenburg, Sweden

3,050,000

 

34. Hersheypark

Hershey, PA

2,842,000

 

35. Six Flags Great Adventure

Jackson, NJ

2,761,000

 

36. Six Flags Great America

Gurnee, IL

2,669,000

 

37. Disney Studios Paris

Marnee La Vallee, France

2,612,000

 

38. Alton Towers

Staffodshire, England

2,520,000

 

39. Six Flags Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

2,020,000

 

 

 

2008 TOP WATER PARK ATTENDANCE

 

1. Typhoon Lagoon

Lake Buena Vista, FL

2,059,000

 

2. Blizzard Beach

Lake Buena Vista, FL

1,891,000

 

3. Chimelong Waterpark

Guangzhou, China

1,600,000

 

4. Carribean Bay Everland

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

1,500,000

 

5. Wet N' Wild

Orlando, FL

1,300,000

 

6. Sunway Lagoon

Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

1,100,000

 

7. Wet N' Wild

Gold Coast, Australia

1,025,000

 

8. Aquatica

Orlando, FL

950,000

 

9. Ocean World

Gangwon-do, Korea

900,000

 

10. Summerland

Tokyo, Japan

898,000

 

11. Schlitterbahn

New Braunfels TX

882,000

 

12. Wild Wadi

Dubai, UAE

825,000

 

13. Deoksan Spa Castle

Chungcheong, Korea

800,000

 

14. Water Country USA

Williamsburg, VA

758,000

 

15. Seorak Waterpia

Gangwon-do, Korea

670,000

 

16. Adventure Island

Tampa Bay, FL

603,000

 

17. Schlitterbahn

Galveston, TX

558,000

 

18. Noah's Ark

Wisconsin Dells, WI

533,000

 

19. Hyland Hills Water World

Denver, CO

533,000

 

20. Splish Splash

Riverhead, NY

500,000

 

For full analysis visit

http://www.teaconnect.org/etea/TEAERA2008.pdf

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Yeah Magic Mountain open year round, basically gives away season passes, and is nowhere to be seen. Getting creamed even by seasonal parks like SFGAdv/SFGAm.

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Something is not right in regards of SFMM, if I remember correct the park was in the 2.6-2.7 million range. No way they lost 700000+ people in one year.

 

Also Knotts pulls in easy 500000 during haunt, without it the park would be in some serious trouble(especially considering it is open 364 days out of the year)

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8. Aquatica

Orlando, FL

950,000

Wow! This was a smart move for Busch. I honestly wouldn't have expected them to get nearly 1 million visitors in the first year especially with all the other water park offerings in the area.

 

Good for them!

 

--Robb

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Wow! This was a smart move for Busch. I honestly wouldn't have expected them to get nearly 1 million visitors in the first year especially with all the other water park offerings in the area.

That is pretty awesome but let's see how they do this year. Maybe it got a lot of attendance from the locals who were happy to see a new park?

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^ I think it will be fine this year. I think the true test will be 2010. I think there will be some overflow attendance into this year, of locals that will still go there, and people traveling to the area that are planning a trip around it, or are just catching wind of the park.

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According to the Supervisor meeting at BGT....BGT improved its attendance slightly...So i dunno if this is actually correct. I swear the managers and big leagues were bragging about what a good year we had in 2008 despite the economic downturn. So I dunno if this report is 100% correct regarding BGT.

Awesome to see Aquatica debut at #8!!!!

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^^

Note: Attendance figures are estimates, based on company information, annual reports, published information and from reliable TEA/ERA industry and tourism sourcesPercent changes for 2008 for certain parks (noted by *) are based on adjusted/updated figures for 2007, thus not directly comparable to published TEA-ERA list for 2007/06
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I'm interested in Canada's Wonderland numbers in comparison to Cedar Point's. Both parks have similar seasons, with Cedar Point probably open a few more days over the season, and Canada's Wonderland came out on top! Goes to show that CW is a winner for Cedar Fair in my view. How do this years numbers compare to last years numbers (if anyone has that data)?

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I'm interested in Canada's Wonderland numbers in comparison to Cedar Point's. Both parks have similar seasons, with Cedar Point probably open a few more days over the season, and Canada's Wonderland came out on top! Goes to show that CW is a winner for Cedar Fair in my view. How do this years numbers compare to last years numbers (if anyone has that data)?

 

Canada's Wonderland is typically always the top seasonal park.

 

Mostly due to a massive local population base with no competition.

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Canada's Wonderland has come out on top over Cedar Point quite a bit, in terms of seasonal parks, CW is usually 1-3.

 

Their location really helps with it; right outside Toronto with tons of transit options and the busiest freeways in Canada right there.

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According to the Supervisor meeting at BGT....BGT improved its attendance slightly...So i dunno if this is actually correct. I swear the managers and big leagues were bragging about what a good year we had in 2008 despite the economic downturn. So I dunno if this report is 100% correct regarding BGT.

Awesome to see Aquatica debut at #8!!!!

 

I also don't put too much stock in those numbers. Come on! They could not even correct themself when they came up with a number for Tokyo Disney Resort that is 500000 short of the number Oriental Land Co. released a few weeks ago.

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I also don't put too much stock in those numbers. Come on! They could not even correct themself when they came up with a number for Tokyo Disney Resort that is 500000 short of the number Oriental Land Co. released a few weeks ago.

 

That still puts that estimate within ~3% of the actual figure. Not horrible for an educated guess.

 

What I find interesting is how close Tokyo DisneySea is to Tokyo Disneyland when compared to the second gates in Paris and Anaheim. It just goes to show that you get what you pay for. I can't believe how poorly they're estimating Disney Studios Paris considering that 2008 was the first full year that Tower of Terror was open.

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Wow! This was a smart move for Busch. I honestly wouldn't have expected them to get nearly 1 million visitors in the first year especially with all the other water park offerings in the area.

 

I'm just happy to be right for once. A waterpark with SeaWorld's name on it--and right next door--always seemed like a slam dunk to me.

 

My science is a little fuzzy, but it goes like this:

 

Wet n' Wild seems/is older and no one knows it's associated with Universal.

 

Disney has two (splitting the vote, as it were), they're not really super-visible, and Disney had lots of other stuff to keep you occupied. So the waterparks kind of get lost in the mix.

 

Aquatica is highly visible, right next door, brand-spanking new, has animals (which makes it unique in a field where most offerings are pretty much the same), and is positioned (intentionally or not) as SeaWorld's de facto second-gate park.

 

I'm not surprised one bit that it beat out all the other waterparks in the area. And I think it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

 

/Haven't actually been. Not really talking about quality though anyway.

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^^^ Plus Anheuser Busch InBev hasn't spoiled the plans to add phase II of Aquatica which construction is supposed to start on in 2010. The new ownership are idiots, even though Busch Entertainment is supposedly their own spun off company, but they're still under the ABI umbrella. With this said, they see a money maker, and they're going with it.

 

I enjoy Aquatica more than the Disney water parks. It's great to sit on the beach at Aquatica and watch Shamu's fireworks during the summer... If only Aquatica would sell good beer, then it would be great!

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I'm not surprised one bit that it beat out all the other waterparks in the area. And I think it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I'm a bit confused by this, as Aquatica finsished behind Typhoon Lagoon (#1), Blizzard Beach (#2), and Wet n' Wild (#7). Am I mis-interpreting something?

 

I will agree with you though that Aquatica has set itself up very well to continue growing in the next few years. I know personally I'm anticipating it immensely.

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I'm not surprised one bit that it beat out all the other waterparks in the area. And I think it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I'm a bit confused by this, as Aquatica finsished behind Typhoon Lagoon (#1), Blizzard Beach (#2), and Wet n' Wild (#7). Am I mis-interpreting something?

 

Er...I mean...um...I wouldn't have been surprised if it had...?

 

Crap.

 

/Misread the results and jumped the gun. Sorry.

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Since were on the topic of Busch, once again this year they said the estimates are completely wrong compare to what they actually saw.

 

"They are wrong across the board," said Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for Busch Entertainment Corp., whose parks include SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and seven others across the country.

 

Jacobs said Busch's parks combined drew more than 25.4 million visitors in 2008 — 10 percent more than the 23 million estimated in the ERA/TEA report.

www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-bizattendance17041709apr17,0,2646872.story

 

But of course, these were estimates and Busch Entertainment declined to assist them in creating the estimates.

 

This could mean that some of the Busch parks that are reported to have declined in attendance could have stayed flat or increase this past year.

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