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Old 07-12-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Default Top 20 Amusement/Theme Parks in North America

by visitors in the millions.

PARK, location

2012 |
2011
| change

1. MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
17,536,000 | 17,142,000
| 2.3%

2. DISNEYLAND
, Anaheim, CA
15,963,000 | 16,140,000
| -1.1%

3. EPCOT
at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
11,063,000 | 10,825,000
| 2.2%

4. DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM
at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
9,998,000 | 9,783,000
| 2.2%

5. DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
9,912,000 | 9,699,000
| 2.2%

6. UNIVERSALíS ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
at Universal Orlando, FL
7,981,000 | 7,674,000
| 4.0%

7. DISNEY'S CALIFORNIAN ADVENTURE
, Anaheim, CA
7,775,000 | 6,341,000
| 22.6%

8. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
at Universal Orlando, FL
6,195,000 | 6,044,000
| 2.5%

9. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
, Universal City, CA
5,912,000 | 5,141,000
| 15.0%

10. SEAWORLD FLORIDA
, Orlando, FL
5,358,000 | 5,202,000
| 3.0%

11. SEAWORLD CALIFORNIA
, San Diego, CA
4,444,000 | 4,294,000
| 3.5%

12. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
, Tampa, FL
4,348,000 | 4,284,000
| 1.5%

13. CANADA'S WONDERLAND
, Maple, ON, Canada
3,655,000 | 3,481,000
| 5.0%

14. KNOTT'S BERRY FARM
, Buena Park, CA
3,508,000 | 3,654,000
| -4.0%

15. CEDAR POINT
, Sandusky, OH
3,221,000 | 3,143,000
| 2.5%

16. KINGS ISLAND
, Kings Island, OH
3,206,000 | 3,143,000
| 2.0%

17. HERSHEY PARK
, Hershey, PA
3,140,000 | 2,949,000
| 6.5%

18. BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE
, Williamsburg, VA
2,854,000 | 2,744,000
| 4.0%

19. SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
, Valencia, CA
2,808,000 | 2,700,000
| 4.0%

20. SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO, TX
, San Antonio, TX
2,678,000 | 2,600,000 | 3.0%

https://www.teaconnect.org/sites/def...1-3_online.pdf

No surprises here. Majority of them are in Florida (8) and Southern California
(6). And Ohio with (2).
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: The Sunshine State
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In Orlando we are breaking records like crazy 57 Million tourists last year.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Those numbers are impressive indeed. NYC and LA both also had record-breaking tourists in 2012. NYC hit 52 million, a 2.1% increase from 2011, and LA hit 41.4 million, a 2.5% increase.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I've been to Disney World, both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. Meh. I think that Cedar Point trumps both of them big time.

Disney is waaaaayyyyy overhyped, IMHO.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: The City
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I am honestly surprised that Hershey Park has higher attendance than Six Flags Great Adventure

Hershy is in less than 2 hour distance to Philly, DC, Baltimore and NYC though, just is amuch smaller and seemingly less crowded park than six flags which is an hour from both NYC and Philly
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I've been to Disney World, both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. Meh. I think that Cedar Point trumps both of them big time.

Disney is waaaaayyyyy overhyped, IMHO.
Alot of parks are better. If you called the park "Disney Cedar Point Adventures" then the attendance would sky rocket! People like big name brands, even if the homegrown quality is just as good or better! Not to mention Disney parks are open year round while the Mid Western parks have to close for fall and winter.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: The Sunshine State
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There is a difference between an amusement park, and a theme park. Theme parks have more in-depth exsperience that conect people with shows, movies, and animals they love.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:59 AM
 
Location: south of north carolina
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I've been to Disney World, both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. Meh. I think that Cedar Point trumps both of them big time.

Disney is waaaaayyyyy overhyped, IMHO.
Disney is more of a park to enjoy yourself and create unforgettable experiences. Cedar Point is a park for thrill seekers.

Disney is a legendary, one and only company and their parks are more detailed and preform better than any other amusement company in the theme park/amusement park world. Not to mention Disney could purchase the entire Cedar Fair chain, and still have plenty left over.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I've been to Disney World, both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. Meh. I think that Cedar Point trumps both of them big time.

Disney is waaaaayyyyy overhyped, IMHO.
Cedar Point is 364 acres and is one park. Disney is over 30,000 acres and is 6 different parks and dozens of resorts coupled with the multitude of options outside of Disney.
Maybe the brand name has been drilled into everyone but to call them overhyped? Not really. They live up to the hype.
No, I am not a big Disney junkie either.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Honestly, you'd have to pay me big money to attend any of these (been to Disney). I'm a woman, and I equate these to going to a hardware store, and having to wait in a long line, to buy something you really don't want. Maybe it's just me , but I don't think I'm alone.
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