Orlando area theme parks see jump in attendance at 5 of 7 area theme parks

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The Themed Entertainment Association released their annual report on theme park attendance this morning showing just how well theme parks did in 2014.

In the Central Florida area, theme parks overall did fairly well in 2014 with 5 of 7 local parks seeing jumps in attendance.

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World took in 19.33 million guests in 2014, that is up from 18.59 million in  2013.  Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios all showed increases of around 2% overall.

Over at Universal Studios, Harry Potter and the new Diagon Alley expansion drew in the crowds, and it showed with a 17 percent to 8.26 million visitors last year, compared to about 7 million the year before.  Things remained fairly stagnant at Islands of Adventure, with an estimated 8.1 million visitors in 2014.

SeaWorld Orlando was one of the Orlando parks that saw a drop in attendance, mainly due to the film Blackfish and the struggles it continues to go through to regain their image.  It saw a drop of 8% in 2014 with 5.09 million in 2013 compared to 4.68 million in 2014.

In total, Orlando area theme parks saw 72.6 million guests go through their turnstiles in 2014. That’s up from 70.4 million in 2013.

With the local area theme parks booming in 2015 an many new additions coming to Universal, Disney and SeaWorld, it will be interesting to see these numbers in a few years after they open.

You can view the report in its entirety here.

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed