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Park Attendance Reports Show that Walt Disney World Attendance Was Down for 2016

Reports focused on park attendance across all major theme parks has been issused by Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM.  These reports show that Walt Disney World saw a decreased number for visitors for 2016 from the year prior.  This decline was experienced all four of Walt Disney World’s major theme parks:  Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.  The overall market share that Disney held slipped a little bit, too.  We have the numbers for you all to check out below:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Down 0.5%
  • 20.4 million visitors for 2016

Epcot:

  • Down 0.7%
  • 11.7 million visitors for 2016

Hollywood Studios:

  • Down 0.5%
  • 10.78 million visitors for 2016

Animal Kingdom:

  • Down 0.7%
  • 10.84 million visitors for 2016

The overall market share for Walt Disney World also slipped from 70% to 69.3%.  Disneyland in California also saw a decline in overall attendance for 2016.   The only theme park franchise to see an incline was Universal Studios.  This could be related to the Harry Potter additions and the guest craze for themed lands.  There could also be other economic factors that would have to be reviewed and assessed.  It is a bit surprising to see a decline in attendance at Walt Disney World, especially after the opening of a few major attractions like Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World.  We might have thought that Epcot would at least see an increase in visitors.

Disney is already working on the next wave of attractions and immersive lands to attract the guests.  Pandora – The World of Avatar just opened and it is proving to be an extremely popular and impressive addition to the Disney family.  Disney is also actively working on Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will be a major overhaul for that park.  There are also rumors of new attractions and updating theming coming to Epcot.

We don’t have official dates yet for some of the newly planned attractions at Walt Disney World, but as always we will keep you posted as we learn more.

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About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at http://magicalvacationplanner.com/staff/christy-caby/ or look for me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christy.caby. Have a magical day!