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The top theme parks in the world The Themed Entertainment Association released its list of the top theme parks in the world by number of visitors in 2014. One company clearly dominates the theme park industry. With total theme park visitation on the rise, this is a big reason why that company is also performing so well overall.
#10: Disney’s California Adventure Location: California, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 8.8 million Increase over 2013: 3% Unique parts: Disney’s CA adventure is made up of 7 different lands featuring favorites like “Cars Land” and “A Bugs Land.”
#9: Disneyland Paris Location: near Paris, France 2014 attendance: 9.9 million Increase over 2013: -4.7% Why you should add it to your trip: You can be picked up in the heart of Paris and to Disneyland within an hour.
#8: DisneyWorld’s Hollywood Studios Location: Florida, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 10.3 million Increase over 2013: 2% Why go: Interactive experiences let you see Disney’s growth from Walt Disney’s perspective and be part of the entertainment.
#7: DisneyWorld’s Animal Kingdom Location: Florida, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 10.4 million Increase over 2013: 2% Overview: Safari adventure, with a classic Disney feel
#6: DisneyWorld’s Epcot Location: Florida, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 11.5 million Increase over 2013: 2% A.K.A: Sometimes referred to as the “permanent world fair” for its emphasis on showcasing innovation and technology.
#5: Universal Studios Japan Location: near Tokyo, Japan 2014 attendance: 11.8 million Increase over 2013: 17% Recognition: U.S.J.’s Spiderman 3D ride has won best theme park ride 7 years in a row.
#4: Tokyo DisneySea Location: near Tokyo, Japan 2014 attendance: 14.1 million Increase over 2013: 0.1% Best attraction: Journey to the Center of the Earth which takes riders down a volcano and makes them feel like explorers.
#3: Disneyland Location: California, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 16.8 million Increase over 2013: 3.5% Why it’s a trend setter: Disneyland was the first theme park opened by Walt Disney, back in 1955.
#2: Tokyo Disney Resort Location: near Tokyo, Japan 2014 attendance: 17.3 million Increase over 2013: 0.5% Caveat: Tokyo Disney Resort is actually licensed by Disney but the one Disney theme park not actually operated by Disney.
#1: DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom Location: Florida, U.S.A. 2014 attendance: 19.3 million Increase over 2013: 4% Interesting feature: The castle at Magic Kingdom will only be the biggest in the world until Disney Resort Shanghai opens in 2016.
Are these parks worth an investment? 2014 was a great year for theme park operators as increased visitors and average spend made for better financial performance all the way around. But one operator is way ahead of the rest, not just in its amount of properties, but as an investment too. To learn more about why Disney is the leader in the theme park industry for visitors and investors alike, check out this related article.
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