Park attendance up three percent in 2000

Posted Friday, December 22, 2000 7:19 PM | Contributed by coastersrz

According to a summary on the Amusement Business site, the top 50 North American parks attracted three percent more guests in 2000 for a record of more than 175 million visitors (or an increase of more than 4.5 million visitors).

Saturday, December 23, 2000 3:55 AM
In away this is bad...longer lines :(
Saturday, December 23, 2000 4:32 AM
DOes anyone know how many visitor Paramount`s Kings Island had in 2000?
Saturday, December 23, 2000 5:06 AM
That's nothing', Kentucky Fried Chicken raised its sales 6% during the campaigns that used the little animated Col. Sanders

Its finger licking good! *** This post was edited by john peck on 12/23/2000. ***
Saturday, December 23, 2000 6:49 AM
Charlie is completely right. The lines are going to get longer, but the parks will get more profit and wil add more stuff.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 7:03 AM
Then even more people will come to the park and the lines will be even longer.

M e r r y C h r i s t m a s
Saturday, December 23, 2000 7:59 AM
I forget about the amount of profit, thanx SROS221.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 8:03 AM
I'm sure Kings Islands numbers grew with SoB. i know a lot of people that went just to ride that.

I got to go to the media day.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 9:06 AM
PKI had 3.2 million visitors in 2000. That's a 4% decrease from 1999. *** This post was edited by APC11 on 12/23/2000. ***
Saturday, December 23, 2000 10:13 AM
Ouch...Add a major coaster, and lose guests!
Saturday, December 23, 2000 10:49 AM
Actually I think line times will decrease, if you build a major coaster it may have a long line but it takes away from the other coasters.

#1: Millennium Force
#2: Raging Bull
#3: Tie B:TR/Raptor
#4: Viper (SFGAm)
#5: Goliath/Magnum
Saturday, December 23, 2000 11:47 AM
Same basically with flat rides, they detract lines from other rides, while still providing a thrill.

And in response to the animated Colonel Sanders raising KFC sales, "Boo yeah!"

.:| Brandon Rodriguez |:.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 2:16 PM
Does anyone know if Islands of adventure gets long lines during January 2-7? Thats my Christmas present.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 2:31 PM
APC11, where did you get this info? The question is, is it true info.

Saturday, December 23, 2000 5:33 PM
To answer your question, the lines arent as long as the week before at islands of adventure. Everybody is leavinng about 1 day before. Your lucky Mike.
Saturday, December 23, 2000 5:50 PM
Charlie, the info came from an Associated Press article. You can read the story at my site:
Saturday, December 23, 2000 5:53 PM
The Columbus Dispatch ran an AP article on this topic on the front page of today's Business section. According to Amusement Business, the top 20 North American theme parks attendance-wise for 2000 were:

1.) Magic Kingdom, 15.4 mil, up 1.3%
2.) Disneyland, 13.9 mil, up 3%
3.) Epcot, 10.6 mil, up 5%
4.) Disney-MGM Studios, 8.9 mil, up 2%
5.) Animal Kingdom, 8.3 mil, down 3%
6.) Universal Studios Orlando, 8.1 mil, no change
7.) Islands of Adventure, 6 mil, 1st full year
8.) Universal Studios Hollywood, 5.2 mil, up 2%
9.) Sea World Orlando, 5.2 mil, up 11%
10.) Busch Gardens Tampa, 5 mil, up 28%
11.) Sea World San Diego, 3.6 mil, no change
12.) Six Flags Great Adventure, 3.5 mil, down 8%
13.) Knott's Berry Farm, 3.5 mil, down 4%
14.) Cedar Point, 3.4 mil, up 4%
15.) Morey's Piers, 3.3 mil, no change
16.) Six Flags Magic Mountain, 3.3 mil, up 3%
17.) Paramount's King's Island, 3.2 mil, down 4%
18.) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 3 mil, no change
19.) Adventuredome, 3 mil, no change
20.) Paramount's Canada's Wonderland, 3 mil, no change

Things I found most interesting/surprising:
- SFGAd was the #1 most attended SF park
- SFMM had lower attendance than 2 seasonal parks
- Morey's Piers -- I never knew so many people went to those little parks!
- SF Mexico isn't on the list, considering it is located in the most populated city on the planet.

*** This post was edited by RagingBull on 12/24/2000. ***
Saturday, December 23, 2000 8:14 PM
Raging Bull, Morey's Piers gets a lot of people from all over, especially since its down the shore, and located near Philly, NY, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Come on over to LI Entertainment!
Saturday, December 23, 2000 8:28 PM
How do they judge attendance though?

1)The year isn't over yet, so are they estimating SFMM's yearly gross, or do they just count year to date?

2)How in the world do they count SCBB? You don't pay to get in, and you can just go to the beach and skip the boardwalk.

3)One third of Knott's gross is due to Disney spill off, so their gross doesn't impress me much.

Have you ever gotten the feeling that you've been here before? Six Flags Magic Mountain 2001...
Saturday, December 23, 2000 8:50 PM
I knew Morey's had a huge population to draw from, but I guess I just never realized that they drew that many people per year. But hey, more power to 'em! It looks like they'll be around for quite awhile.

In my opinion, I'd say that Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. 62 million people between 7 parks, plus another 5 million down the road in Tampa. Any way you slice it, that's impressive.

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