It is called the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’, and thanks to a recent survey it seems Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida is also the most popular place in the world as it relates to amusement and theme parks worldwide. According to the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) 2014 Theme Index, the park saw over 19 million people in 2014, which is up 4% from 2013.
This increase in numbers does not solely reflect the Magic Kingdom, as visitors to amusement parks rose all across the globe. According to the attendance report from TEA and AECOM global attractions, which ranked the 25 popular theme and amusement parks worldwide based on the numbers of visitors gathered by AECOM; all in all, 223 million visitors experienced thrills and chills at the top theme and amusements parks all around the world. This signifies a 4.1% increase from the year prior.
As one would guess, Disney – the home of Mickey Mouse, all those kooky characters from Toy Story, and of course Elsa and Anna from the animated movie phenomena known as Frozen – dominated the worldwide list.
CNN reports that Disney parks in America, Asia and Europe ranked within nine spots of the top ten amusement park locations; and snagged 11 of the highest spots within the top 25 list. Universal Studios’ grabbed the silver spot as the second most dominant; with one location in the top ten, and four parks ranking amongst the top 25 list. Sea World also ranked within the top 25.
Seems that all around, people worldwide continue to seek the unique and fun experience that only an amusement park can bring; with numbers increasing amongst those theme parks that did not necessarily make the top 25 worldwide list. According to the report, 122.5 million visitors enjoyed the top 20 Asian amusement and theme parks, which is a 4.9% increase from 2013. There was also a 2.2% increase from 2013 as it relates to the top 20 North American amusement/theme parks in 2014, with 138 million visitors. Lastly, 59.5 million visitors checked out amusement parks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East which reflects an increase of 3% from 2013.