DISNEY is still the most popular

Monday, December 24, 2001 2:01 PM
CNN reported the top 20 amusement parks today. Disney still packs 'em in like no other... Nice to see some Ohio rankings on there...

1. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, 14.7 million, down 4 percent

2. Disneyland, Anaheim, California, 12.3 million, down 11 percent

3. Epcot at Walt Disney World, 9 million, down 15 percent

4. Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World, 8.3 million, down 6 percent

5. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 7.7 million, down 7 percent

6. Universal Studios at Universal Orlando, 7.2 million, down 10 percent

7. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, 5.5 million, down 8 percent

8. SeaWorld Orlando, 5.1 million, down 2 percent

9. Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California, 5 million, opened in 2001

10. Universal Studios Hollywood, 4.7 million, down 9 percent

11. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Florida, 4.6 million, down 8 percent

12. SeaWorld California in San Diego, 4.1 million, up 13 percent

13. Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, 3.58 million, down 3 percent

14. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, 3.56 million, up 1.7 percent

15. Morey's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, 3.4 million, up 3 percent

15. Adventuredome at Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nevada, 3.4 million, up 7 percent

17. Paramount's Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, 3.36 million, up 4 percent

18. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, 3.2 million, down 3 percent

19. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, 3.1 million, down 9 percent

20. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California, 3 million, no change

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Monday, December 24, 2001 3:31 PM
Disney will probably be always the most visited. I dont see that changing anytime soon.

HMMM!!! I thought SFGAm had over 3 million guests for 2001 yet they dont make this list.

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Monday, December 24, 2001 11:43 PM
Disney is a year round park, along with the other top parks.  You wont see Cedar Point beating them with the short season they have.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2001 11:06 AM
WoW??/!!! i cant believe Morey's Piers made it on here that is amazing.  Good for them thats very good considering all the parks over Moreys piers and great adventure are all full season parks. I say Moreys piers is a very under rated park
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Tuesday, December 25, 2001 7:43 PM
I can't believe how high Great Adventure is on the list. I know it gets crowded (and I feel like I've been there with all 3.56 million people), but I had no ideal.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2001 7:54 PM
pretty interesting, I know disney can bounce back from all this, though
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 3:43 AM
They can bounce back, sure.  But that Very Merry Christmas parade was a joke this year.  I know it is always a marketing gimmick but this year's was the worst!!!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 5:05 AM
This list is also limited to parks within the United States.

Disney's Tokyo Disneyland is the most visited park, I believe.  Disneyland Paris is probably up near the top as well.

Also, if they don't have the numbers this year, expect both Universal and Disney's newest parks (Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo DisneySea and Disney Studios Europe) to pull in some big numbers as well.

As for Morey's Piers - I suspect those numbers may come from a combined total of the several piers down there??  If so, that might the data is messed up, depending on how it's calculated.  That figure might be inflated because of a single person visiting multiple piers - and this being counted several times.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 8:20 AM
I can't believe that Santa Cruz made it. It's such a small park. Then again, admission's free.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 10:57 AM
DCA didn't do too bad at all. It was possibly below expectations as was Animal Kingdom when it originally opened I believe, but still the second most visited park outside Orlando, Florida. With the additions of Tower of Terror and some other major renovations, I'm sure they'll be on track next year.

I do believe Epcot was down so significantly this year because last year they had the Millennium Celebration which made them have a great increase in attendance. Hopefully the World, Disney and in general, will be coming closer together and back to normal as 2002 begins and progresses.

Something that really surprised me was the 13 percent rise at SWC. What happened there this year? Anything I missed? A new coaster at the park would be really nice to get me back there.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 4:58 PM

Intamin Fan said:
I can't believe how high Great Adventure is on the list.

I know....its the staple for us NYC natives though! It is etched in our genes to make a pilgrimage at least twice a year.  Plus its a phat azz park!!!!!!  Can't believe it beat Cedar Point.....AGAIN.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2001 7:13 PM
I'd like to know where they got these numbers from if the parks never officially announce them.

-Ride_Op

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Thursday, December 27, 2001 6:41 AM


Antuan said:

Can't believe it beat Cedar Point.....AGAIN.


Why?  Great Adventure serves the NYC and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, home to over 27 million people.  Cedar point serves the Cleveland, Columbus, and Detroit metro areas, home to roughly 10 million people.  Considering Great Adventure has 17 million more people to draw from, the fact that it beat Cedar Point by less than 500,000 is less than impressive. Especially in a year where CP was down 9 percent.

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Thursday, December 27, 2001 7:26 AM
Even if the parks don't officially announce the numbers, you can get pretty close with market research, though it seems to me to be quite an undertaking over so many different markets.

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Thursday, December 27, 2001 9:38 AM

Koaster King said:

I do believe Epcot was down so significantly this year because last year they had the Millennium Celebration which made them have a great increase in attendance.


Well, Epcot's been seeing an attendance drop since the opening of Animal Kingdom in 1998.  The lack of any major additions to the park is giving families little reason to return on subsequent visits. 
That's why we're seeing Mission: Space, website and all, being touted and advertised as long as two years before it's scheduled opening.  Disney is doing everything they can to make people realize that things are changing in Epcot, and they want them to come back for another visit.
I think we'll see the major addition of Beastly Kingdomme to AK, followed by a heavy emphasis on bringing Epcot into the 21st century.  Then, the Magic Kingdom will follow, and then a fifth gate.  The Disney Studios is a bit landlocked, and I see them changing shows in and out of their existing buildings rather than expanding southward across the road.
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Thursday, December 27, 2001 10:55 AM
I completely agree with you there Chernabog. Although we skipped AK this year and did the other three, I think we'll probably skip Epcot next year because of an almost complete lack of something new and entertaining. Body Wars is getting out of date. Honey! I Shrunk the Audience can be nice. And Test Track still gets lines almost too long to wait for. I say hurry and get Mission:Space open! Beastly Kingdom is another thing I can't wait for but hopefully they'll keep the Lion King show as it is superb. Maybe they could send that show to Epcot?
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Friday, December 28, 2001 1:31 PM
yeah i just visited disney this week and i had to skip Animal Kingdom, the second year in a row in which we skipped AK. i have already gone on the Kali rapids when it debuted, so there really isn't anything new at AK.  EPCOT is a classic place but it really needs some rides, I find that it is more of a shopping bazzar(World showcase) than a amusement park. Mission space is a necessity, Epcot definitely needs a major thrill ride. (Test Track is not a thrill ride, I have always been dissapointed with it.)
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Sunday, December 30, 2001 7:22 AM

ColumbusCoaster said:
Why?  Great Adventure serves the NYC and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, home to over 27 million people.  Cedar point serves the Cleveland, Columbus, and Detroit metro areas, home to roughly 10 million people.  Considering Great Adventure has 17 million more people to draw from, the fact that it beat Cedar Point by less than 500,000 is less than impressive. Especially in a year where CP was down 9 percent.


Yes, but why is CP down 9 percent?  If it's such a big and great park, shouldn't it not be down a massive 9 percent?  Also, if Ohio has such a smaller pool of people, yet Cedar Point is still supposedly one of the biggest parks, then why did Paramount's King's Island, which is lesser known and hides in CP's shadow, and also serves the same area, beat CP?  I was also shocked to see Cedar Point so far down on the list, considering all the attention it gets.  It's own sister park, Knott's Berry Farm grossed a lot more than CP and yet it gets no where near the amount of attention as CP.  What gives?

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Sunday, December 30, 2001 10:41 AM
Chewman, I would assume that PKI had a greater attendance than CP this year, because:

1)CP's only new additions were Lighthouse Point and Johnny Rockets

2)PKI introduced two new family rides, Runaway Reptar and Wild Thornberries River Adventure which are large crowd pleasers and attention-getters in the area as well as having two new FX Theatre films and the word-of-mouth for the OTSRless FOF

3)Besides as far as enthusiasts go, PKI and CP are both in the spotlight for their target areas, and I think PKI has a slightly bigger area to draw from than Cedar Point. Slightly though, but as you can see, its really not a huge difference. 

4)All of the reasons you listed that CP should be bigger than PKI are arguable, but both hold their own ground. CP is the park on the lake for big coaster thrills. PKI is the park in the woods for big family fun.

5) CP doesn't compete with SFGAdv nor KBF, so I don't think there are really any comparisions there to say. KBF competes with Disney, Universal, and SFMM, and its very successful in that market. Beating MM is quite a feat and going against the two biggest theme park companies in the country is quite an accomplishment.

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Sunday, December 30, 2001 12:24 PM
I wonder how SCBB knows there attendence if its pay per ride? I think they might of cheated and counted each ticket purchased! But probibly not ;) I really think it sould be known that the top 10 parks are all heavily THEMED!
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So what is better? SFMM or CP? I don't care! They both have 29 coasters between them that they build so we can have a good time!
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