The house that Walt Disney built has won the title of world’s most popular amusement park.

The
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida welcomed more than 20
million visitors in 2016, a 0.5% decrease over 2015, according to a June
report.
There were more than 233 million visits to the top 25 theme and amusement parks worldwide, down 1.1% from 2015, according to the Themed Entertainment Association/AECOM 11th annual global attractions attendance report.
The
theme park index ranks the 25 most-visited amusement and theme parks
around the world, using attendance figures gathered by AECOM, a global
consulting firm.
“Following
record-setting numbers in 2015, attendance results in 2016 were more
modest but still reflective of a healthy, growing industry,” said John
Robinett, AECOM’s senior vice president, Economics/Americas, in a
statement.
“The
major theme park operators continued their positive performance, and
most markets saw slow, steady growth, while weather, tourism and
political issues contributed to minor declines in others.”
While
the top 25 parks saw a slight decrease in attendance, the top 10 parks
measured a 4.3% increase, from 420 million to 438 million visitors.

Mickey Mouse outperforms them all

Once again, Disney dominated the rankings.
Disney
parks in the United States and Japan held seven of the top 10 spots and
12 of the top 25 spots. Universal Studios came in second place with
three parks in the top 10 and four in the top 25 list.
“Disney
parks are the most popular theme parks in the world given our focus on
exceeding expectations, which includes managing attendance to ensure a
great experience for all guests,” said Lisa Haines, spokesperson for
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
While
Disney saw some declines in attendance, Disney officials attribute it
to a variable pricing structure that actually theme park unit profits
increase.

The
top 20 North American theme/amusement parks reported 148 million visits
last year, up 5.9% from 2015, while the top 20 Asian theme/amusement
parks reported 127.3 million visits last year, down 2.8% from 2015.
There were 60.5 million visits to parks in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa last year, down 1.1% from 2015.
The top 20 museums, which are ranked separately, reached a record-setting 108 million attendees this year.

World’s most popular amusement and theme parks

1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US
2. Disneyland, Anaheim, California, US
3. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan
4. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan
5. Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo, Japan
6. Epcot at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US
9. Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, Florida, US
10. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Florida, US
11. Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim, California, US
12. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Hengqin, China
13. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France
14. Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea
15. Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California, US
16. Everland, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
17. Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong
18. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
19. Nagashima Spa Land, Kuwana, Japan
20. Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
21. Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai, China
22. Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, France
23. Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
24. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
25. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, Florida, US

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