Disneyland Paris 9th most visited theme park in the world.

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The Themed Entertainment Association has published their 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report and Disneyland Paris has been listed as the 9th most visited theme park in the world,  and  number one in  Europe with 10.3 million visitors. The report  is the definitive annual attendance study for the themed entertainment and museum industries.

The Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris came 5th in the list of top 20 theme parks in Europe with 4.4 million visitors.

Euro Disney S.C.A. calculate their attendance figures on a ‘first click’ basis.  So if a Guest enters the Disneyland Park during Extra Magic Hours  then park hops and  visits Walt Disney Studios, their entry is not counted in the total number of visitors to the Walt Disney Studios Park that day as they had already entered the Disneyland Park first.

In the last 10 years between 2005 – 2015 the Disneyland Park has seen a 0.2% change in attendance,  while the Walt Disney Studios Park,  which has seen increased investment by Euro Disney S.C.A. with the opening of the Toy Story Playland with it’s three new attractions  in 2010 and with Ratatouille: The Adventure in 2014 saw a change of 7.8%.

                      % Change
                      2005-2015      2015         2010         2005
Disneyland Park          0.2%        10,360,000   10,500,000   10,200,000
Walt Disney Studios      7.8%         4,440,000    4,500,000    2,100,000

In Europe theme park attendance shows a bit of growth, except in the United Kingdom where both Merlin Entertainments resorts Alton Towers and Thrope Park saw a significant decrease in visitor numbers.    Alton Towers  saw attendance numbers  drop by  -25.2%  in 2015 and this is most likely due to the Smiler rollercoaster accident in June 2015 in which 16 people were injured, four with significant life changing injures.  This incident  forced the closure of the park while accident investigations were carried out.    Merlin’s Thrope Park also suffered -11.9% drop in attendance.

In North American Disney and Universal theme parks performed very well with an impressive 5.9% increase in attendance numbers.  Disney was up 6% in attendance and alone accounted for nearly 40% of the growth by the top six US operators – Disney, Universal, Sea World, Six Flags, Cedar Fair and Merlin.

Globally the theme park market in China is booming with four parks seeing very significant increases in visitor numbers resulting in a 6.9% attendance increase at theme parks in mainland China.  Opening in just a just a few weeks time will be The Shanghai Disney Resort and this park opening is expected to be a watershed event and it is expected to do very well and have a positive effects on the region.  Possibly to the decrement of Hong Kong Disneyland which saw attendance drop by -9.3%.  The future attendance figures of Hong Kong Disneyland remain uncertain in the short term while  the spot light is shining on Disney’s newest theme in Shanghai.

Below are the rankings of the top 25 theme parks worldwide and the top 20 for Europe.

25 Top Theme Parks Worldwide 
                                      Change %     2015          2014
 1 MAGIC KINGDOM, Walt Disney World     6.0%       20,492,000    19,332,000
 2 DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, USA             9.0%       18,278,000    16,769,000
 3 TOKYO DISNEYLAND, Japan             -4.0%       16,600,000    17,300,000
 4 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, Japan      17.8%       13,900,000    11,800,000
 5 TOKYO DISNEY SEA, Tokyo, Japan      -3.5%       13,600,000    14,100,000
 6 EPCOT, Walt Disney World             3.0%       11,798,000    11,454,000
 7 DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM, WDW         5.0%       10,922,000    10,402,000
 8 DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, WDW      5.0%       10,828,000    10,312,000 
 9 DISNEYLAND PARIS, France             4.2%       10,360,000     9,940,000
10 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Orlando          16.0%        9,585,000     8,263,000
11 DISNEY'S CALIFORNIAN ADVENTURE, USA  7.0%        9,383,000     8,769,000
12 ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, Orlando, USA   8.0%        8,792,000     8,141,000
13 CHIMELONG OCEAN KINGDOM, China      36.0%        7,486,000     5,504,000
14 EVERLAND, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea   0.6%        7,423,000     7,381,000
15 OCEAN PARK, Hong Kong               -5.2%        7,387,000     7,792,000
16 LOTTE WORLD, Seoul, South Korea     -3.9%        7,310,000     7,606,000
17 HANGZHOU SONGCHENG PARK, China      25.5%        7,289,000     5,810,000
18 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, USA     4.0%        7,097,000     6,824,000
19 HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, Hong Kong     -9.3%        6,800,000     7,500,000
20 NAGASHIMA SPA LAND, Japan            4.3%        5,870,000     5,630,000
21 EUROPA-PARK, Rust, Germany          10.0%        5,500,000     5,000,000
22 SEAWORLD FLORIDA, Orlando, USA       2.0%        4,777,000     4,683,000
23 TIVOLI GARDENS, Copenhagen, Denmark  5.7%        4,733,000     4,478,000
24 DE EFTELING, The Netherlands         6.4%        4,680,000     4,400,000
25 SONGCHENG LIJIANG ROMANCE, China   170.4%        4,678,000     1,730,000
TOP 25 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2015                      235,568,000   220,920,000
TOP 25 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2014            5.4%      223,450,000  

20 Top Theme Parks Europe 
                                      Change %     2015           2014
 1 DISNEYLAND PARK, PARIS, France       4.2%       10,360,000     9,940,000
 2 EUROPA-PARK, Rust, Germany          10.0%        5,500,000     5,000,000
 3 TIVOLI GARDENS, Denmark              5.7%        4,733,000     4,478,000  
 4 DE EFTELING, The Netherlands         6.4%        4,680,000     4,400,000
 5 WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARK, France     4.2%        4,440,000     4,260,000 
 6 PORT AVENTURA, Spain                 2.9%        3,600,000     3,500,000
 7 LISEBERG, Sweden                     0.0%        3,100,000     3,100,000
 8 GARDALAND, Italy                     3.6%        2,850,000     2,750,000
 9 LEGOLAND WINDSOR, United Kingdom     2.3%        2,250,000     2,200,000
10 LEGOLAND BILLUND, Billund, Denmark   6.5%        2,050,000     1,925,000
   PUY DU FOU, Les Epesses, France      7.2%        2,050,000     1,912,000
12 ALTON TOWERS, United Kingdom       -25.2%        1,925,000     2,575,000 
13 PHANTASIALAND, Germany               3.0%        1,900,000     1,845,000
14 PARC ASTERIX, France                 2.8%        1,850,000     1,800,000
   THORPE PARK, United Kingdom        -11.9%        1,850,000     2,100,000
16 FUTUROSCOPE, France                  8.1%        1,800,000     1,665,000
17 PARQUE WARNER, Spain                12.4%        1,641,000     1,460,000
18 CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES, UK  2.5%        1,640,000     1,600,000
19 HEIDE PARK, Germany                  3.4%        1,525,000     1,475,000
20 GRÖNA LUND, Sweden                  11.4%        1,461,000     1,311,000
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2015                       61,205,000     59,296,000
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2014            2.8%       59,535,000 

 

Source:  Themed Entertainment Association

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