Worldwide Disney park attendance up 4.7% in 2012

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) / AECOM have released attendance reports for the 2012 calendar year.  Each of the Walt Disney World parks saw steady gains while Disney California Adventure attendance skyrocketed following the mid-year Cars Land opening.  

According to the TEA figures, each of the four Walt Disney World parks saw 2012 attendance gains of 2.2 to 2.3%.  The Magic Kingdom remains the most visited park in the world with attendance of 17,536,000, up 2.3% over 2011.  

Meanwhile Disney California Adventure traffic increased 22.6% for the year thanks to the June '12 opening of its Cars Land expansion.  Across the plaza, Disneyland attendance dropped 1.1%, with guests presumably spending a bit more of their free time in DCA over Disneyland.  

Disney's two Tokyo theme parks saw increases of 8.5% each.  Worldwide attendance at the Disney theme parks was up 4.7% to an all-time high of 126,479,000 guests.  

The annual TEA / AECOM report is viewed as the most accurate resource available for theme park attendance numbers.  Figures are gathered from industry sources, historical data, financial reports and other outlets.  The Walt Disney Company does not disclose detailed attendance information for any of its theme parks.  

Complete details can be found in the TEA / AECOM report (PDF format.)

Reader Comments
Who da Thunk it! -- beepy
2013 Jun 04 02:03:30 PM
You can tell, just by how aggressive Disney has been with ticket prices. I guess they are making hay while the sun shines. Now is when their investments in DCA and other improvements are paying huge dividends.

DCA is a really nice park now. Not a bit surprised that attendance is up 20%. I doubt it will fall back comparatively to Disneyland either.
Good news -- Sir Aaron
2013 Jun 04 09:37:31 PM
While this isn't good for our pocketbooks, I think this is good news for Disney fans. This will likely encourage Disney to invest more in new rides and park expansions.
Park traffice -- gcleavenger
2013 Jul 02 11:44:30 AM
I sure did see this increase last year and when we went this past February, the parks were very crowded. We also just got back this past Sunday from a week at AKL Kidani and although the parks were a bit busy, we did not see the crowds that we had seen in February.
Re: Worldwide Disney park attendance up 4.7% in 2012 -- denlo
2013 Jul 02 12:47:22 PM
gcleavenger wrote:
I sure did see this increase last year and when we went this past February, the parks were very crowded. We also just got back this past Sunday from a week at AKL Kidani and although the parks were a bit busy, we did not see the crowds that we had seen in February.

We're you there during President's Day weekend? I think that weekend has really gotten busy and it's starting to affect the week that follows as well.
Re: Worldwide Disney park attendance up 4.7% in 2012 -- gcleavenger
2013 Jul 03 03:11:34 PM
We were there the week of the Daytona on one weekend the the following weekend was the Princess race. So we had bookends on both ends of our stay. We got there on Tuesday and left on Sunday and the crowds were very large that week. Worse than what I just experienced this past week in the world.

gary

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