According to the latest Theme Index and Museum Index report attendance rises in theme parks worldwide, with Disney attractions, theme parks in China and indoor/family entertainment centres leading the industry in 2017.
The latest report from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and consultants AECOM shows that the top 25 theme parks expanded the number of visitors by 4.7%, with Disney leading the market gaining close to 10 million additional visitors through the year – a 6.8% increase in visitors – up to 150 million in 2017 from 140.4 million in the previous year.
For the top 10 theme parks overall, attendance growth rose to 475.8 million visitors – an increase of 37.5 million. Disney has 8 theme parks in the top 10, including the top 3 with Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Anaheim and Tokyo Disneyland. Overall, attendance at theme parks in China rose by nearly 20%, with the nation now generating approximately a quarter of overall attendance for major operators. Shangai Disneyland jumps to nº8 in the most visited countdown. One of the key elements to Disney’s present and future success is the in-development Star-Wars themed lands.
In Europe, parks in France, the Netherlands and Northern Europe did particularly well, with mixed results in other regions. Disneyland Paris grows 15% and remains on the top spot. Europa Park is at Nº2 and Efteling jumps to nº4 with a solid 8% growth. Park Asterix and Sweeden’s Grona Lund are most significant climbers in the top 20.
Global water park attendance saw a small growth of 1.6%, driven by strong performances in China. Chimelong Water Park in Ghuangzou remains at nº1 and Universal Vulcano Bay enter at nº6. One of the most visited water parks in Europe Siam Park Tenerife had a 20% grown in attendance last year. The top 20 parks in North America had a poor year, attracting 500,000 or 2.9% fewer visitors than 2016. The growing number of theme parks in Dubai don’t have yet a substantial number of visitors.