Orlando attracts a record 66 million tourists in 2015

Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Tourism leaders have 66 million reasons to smile — that’s how many tourists came to Orlando in 2015, representing a new record by more than 3 million visitors. George Aguel, president and chief executive officer of Visit Orlando, the region’s tourism arm, revealed 2015’s tourist numbers Monday during its annual Travel & Tourism luncheon.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 11:31 AM
slithernoggin's avatar

I don't see how that's possible when Disney and Universal have been pricing themselves out of the middle class. :-)


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:55 PM

They are not going to Disney or Orlando. You should see the crowds at Funspot these days!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 1:18 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

And Holy Land Experience is a madhouse!


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 1:39 PM

Are they tracking distinct tourists (who may visit multiple Orlando tourist attractions) or visitors to all Orlando tourist attractions (so one person visiting 5 attractions is counted as 5 visitors)?

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:55 PM
OhioStater's avatar

So that's why that strange lady came up to my family at the airport last March. She touched us each on the head gently while mumbling, "Fifty-five-million, nine-hundred-eighty-five-thousand, three-hundred and fifty-two.....Fifty-five-million, nine-hundred-eighty-five-thousand, three-hundred and fifty-three....Fifty-five-million, nine-hundred-eighty-five-thousand, three-hundred and fifty-four....Fifty-five-million, nine-hundred-eighty-five-thousand, three-hundred and...." and then she sneezed and asked me what number what she was on. I couldn't remember, and she walked away looking pretty pissed.

It's the last we saw of her.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:02 PM
Vater's avatar

I wonder if Disney pays her a living wage...

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:30 PM
Timber-Rider's avatar

Universal seems to be attracting huge amounts of people with it's amazing new attractions. I just saw a peek at the King Kong ride at Universal, and it looks really amazing. Add to that the draw of Harry Potter, and you are going to draw enormous crowds of people, who will also want to visit the other theme parks in the area.

Sea World is another park that is drawing large crowds for it's great combination of rides and the typical Sea World attractions. This kind of makes me sad that Sea World did not stay in business. If Sea World was still in operation in Ohio, you can bet that Geauga Lake would still be open.

This what I am talking about when parks like Cedar Fair make money in the Billions each year, and do little or nothing to make all of their parks equally entertaining. Imagine what Cedar fair parks and other park chains would be like if they took as much care in creating great attractions for their guests. Florida will forever be the king of the theme park world


I didn't do it! I swear!!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:00 PM

1. What CF parks are not equally entertaining?

2. The other park chains you mention are not competing against any of the parks in Florida.


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Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:31 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

I know this will be falling on deaf ears....

Timber-Rider said:

... do little or nothing to make all of their parks equally entertaining.

They don't have to be equally entertaining. They have to be appropriately entertaining for their markets.


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:36 PM
rollergator's avatar

It's a profit-driven world, after all.


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:21 PM

Geauga Lake still would have closed, as Dick Kinzel had been planning it since the mid-1970s. You know, to get rid of the competition by spending millions and having it just not work out.

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