Major Change in Magic Kingdom’s Attendance

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The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) has released its figures for 2022 – and the numbers across the board and raising some eyebrows.

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Nearly every theme park in the TEA’s top 20 list saw increased park attendance over their 2021 figures. This is no doubt due to COVID restrictions and lockdowns affecting park closures, operating hours, and even a decline in attendance among the public who may have been avoiding large crowds.

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The 2022 figures seem to suggest that business as usual seems to have returned to the industry.

What is the Most Visited Park?

You guessed it…The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It’s attendance grew by 35% between 2021 and 2022, making it the most visited theme park in the world. Although this status is not surprising for any fan (or Disney Guests who have seen the crowds), the Magic Kingdom has ranked number one for the past few years.

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Runner Up

Second on the list is Disneyland Park in California, with its attendance almost doubling (again, due to COVID policies still lingering in 2021).

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Others at the Top of the List

Coming in third is Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure – no doubt due to its large Harry Potter themed area and the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

However, its important to note that this park is the only one at the top of the list whose numbers have reached an all time high. Many other parks (including the Magic Kingdom) still haven’t matched their pre-pandemic attendance levels.

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At fourth on the list is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not surprising as they, too, have had large expansions in recent years, most notably Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

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Five, six, and seven on the list are Universal Studios Florida, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, respectively.

It appears that the ongoing battle with Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney hasn’t seemed to damage Florida’s tourism, nor Disney’s attendance. With Walt Disney World theme parks taking up four of the top 7 spots, it’s a safe bet that theme park resort isn’t losing its battle with the governor nor planning to uproot and move its operation anytime soon.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)