Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld see attendance jumps in 2015

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All of Orlando’s major attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld saw attendance jumps in 2015 according to the report from the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM.

“The growth we’ve seen this year is tremendous for a relatively mature industry,” said John Robinett, senior vice president, economics, AECOM. “Over our 10 years of tracking the industry, we have seen steady improvements in business volume (despite a global recession), the introduction of exciting new technologies and continued internationalization of the attractions world.”

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom remains top theme park in 2015 with 20,492,000 guests through its doors in 2015, up from 19,332,000 in 2014.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom saw a 5% increase with Epcot coming in last with a 3% increase.

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Over at Universal Orlando Resort, the biggest jump came from Universal Studios Florida which saw a huge 16% increase in 2015 over 2014 with 9.6 million visitors in 2015 vs. 8.2 million in 2014.  Islands of Adventure saw an increase of 7% with 8.7 million in 2015 vs. 8.1 million in 2014.

Even with all of the negative publicity, SeaWorld saw an increase of 2% from 4.6 million in 2014 to 4.7 million in 2015.

You can view the full Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM release here.



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