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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:24 AM

Magic Kingdom

2008 attendance: 17,063,000

Change 0%


Disneyland

2008 attendance: 14,721,000

Change -1.0%


Epcot

2008 attendance: 10,935,000

Change 0%


Disney's Hollywood Studios

2008 attendance: 9,608,000

Change +1.0%



Disney's Animal Kingdom

2008 attendance: 9,540,000

Change +0.5%


Universal Studios Florida

2008 attendance: 6,231,000

Change +0.5%


SeaWorld

2008 attendance: 5,926,000

Change -2.9%


Disney's California Adventure

2008 attendance: 5,566,000

Change -2.0%



Islands of Adventure

2008 attendance: 5,297,000

Change -2.4%


Universal Studios Hollywood

2008 attendance: 4,583,000

Change -2.5%


Busch Gardens

2008 attendance: 4,410,000

Change -2.0%

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:39 AM

Studios is closing in on Epcot now...less than 1 million difference between the two.
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:54 AM

I am surprised there isn't a bigger difference between DAK and DHS considering Toy Story Mania opened this year

I also find it interesting that the 2 Universal parks had significant drops
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:05 PM

I would guess DHS will continue to narrow the gap on Epcot since there is so much being added at DHS recently while Epcot has been untouched basically for a few years.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 01:52 PM

Eric said:

I would guess DHS will continue to narrow the gap on Epcot since there is so much being added at DHS recently while Epcot has been untouched basically for a few years.


Yeah but Epcot is the better park :D
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 02:07 PM

It's clear that universal is really no competition for Disney.

Though I have to say that its kinda sad that California Adventure is doing so poorly.
I know its not that great a park, but its Disney. I can't believe they let it just bleed out like that. They definitely need to invest some time and money into that one.
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 05:50 PM

Having the top 5 most visited theme parks in the country isn't too shabby, not that I would expect any less....
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:49 PM

squishybear said:

It's clear that universal is really no competition for Disney.

Though I have to say that its kinda sad that California Adventure is doing so poorly.
I know its not that great a park, but its Disney. I can't believe they let it just bleed out like that. They definitely need to invest some time and money into that one.
If anybody opened a park with as many carnival rides and a complete lack of "Disney" attractions on opening day as DCA did right across the street from Disneyland(DCA is closer to Disneyland than the TTC is to the MK), it would struggle.

However, with the addition of TSM, that park has a very bright future. I think by the time that Disney is finished with their 1.1 billion makeover for DCA (more than they spent to build the place), it will be a worthy companion to Disneyland and may even surpass Epcot for #3 on that list.
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:03 PM

From what I've seen, the new stuff they're doing at DCA will be fantastic.
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:16 PM

well, the Cars thing looks pretty cool

Perhaps the Backlot Tour will be turned into that one day
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 10:30 PM

I have very high hopes for the future of DCA. What also bodes well (for now) is that Disney says they're going to keep some of DCA's new attractions exclusive for a few years. The new nighttime spectacular Wonderful World of Color could give Fantasmic a run for the money, and is rumored to be the cause of significant upgrades to Maleficent's dragon form in Disneyland's version of Fantasmic.

Throw in the first Little Mermaid ride based attraction and Carsland and you have a potent lineup.
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Posted 18 April 2009 - 02:16 AM

That stuff sounds really cool.
I have heard that much about DCA updates, but these do sound really great.
Any idea when these things are gonna be finished?
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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:01 AM

I think it was a 5 year plan... so I'd say 2013.


And, I'd worry less about closing with Epcot than the 68,000 that DAK is behind!!!


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Posted 18 April 2009 - 11:47 AM

YoPaulie said:

I think it was a 5 year plan... so I'd say 2013.


And, I'd worry less about closing with Epcot than the 68,000 that DAK is behind!!!


This may sacriledge around these parts

but I like DAK better


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Posted 18 April 2009 - 01:02 PM

I've also seen 2012 as the target finish for most of DCA's new additions. There are also rumblings about a second phase, but that's probably 10 years off. I suspect once they finish up DCA, they're going to take care of some projects to help Disneyland.
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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:00 PM

I don't think many people realize that there is more than one park at Disneyland Resort.
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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:00 PM

Agreed. Combine that with DCA's very bad press (and much of it deserved) in the early days, and you have a lot of people who didn't even bother buying tickets to DCA. Before Toy Story Mania, I had visits where I spent a grand total of a couple of hours in DCA over 2 to 3 days at the DLR.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:25 AM

I just found this video on a rumor website, about the new plans for DCA.
http://www.thetravelears.com/2009/04/14/po...n-disney-world/

They talk about redoing the entrance to the park making it more like a mainstreet but then Buena Vista Boulevard in Hollywood. They are gonna have those red trams, etc.

They also talk about the little mermaid and the wonderful world of colors show.

When all of this is done, i'm sooo visiting this park again.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:42 AM

Not really a new rumor...there are many results from 2007 about the possibility of a little Mermaid attraction coming to the MK.
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 03:26 PM

I've seen so many contradictory rumors about the TLM attraction that the only thing for sure is that DCA is getting it.

One rumor says it will be cloned and sent to MK fairly quickly. Another rumor says it will be exclusive to DCA only for a few years before being cloned, and a 3rd rumor says that because of the current economic climate, MK has ditched plans altogether to bring the attraction in.
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