The Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM have again teamed up to release the 2014 Global Attractions Attendance Report, showing off figures and statistics for the theme park and museum industries.
The full report can be downloaded from this link. This year's results again show that the North American theme park industry is a very mature one, though overall attendance gains were posted. Other parts of the world, Asia especially, continue to grow more rapidly.
The 25 top theme parks on the globe posted a 4.1% increase in attendance over 2013, with the top 20 global water parks seeing a 2.8% increase. The top 25 North American theme parks saw a 2.2% increase, while the top 20 water parks saw a 1.6% increase. The most attended theme park on Earth was again the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, posting a 4% increase to 19.3 million guests.
Other big increases in 2014 were at Universal Studios Orlando, which was up 17% to 8.2 million visitors on the opening of Diagon Alley. Universal Studios Hollywood also saw an 11% increase to 6.8 million.
On the opposite end of that spectrum were two SeaWorld parks: SeaWorld San Diego saw a 12% decrease in attendance to 3.8 million, and SeaWorld Orlando was down 8% to 4.7 million.
Across the Pacific, Universal Studios Japan opened their Wizarding World of Harry Potter and packed in an additional 1.7 million visitors, a gain of 17% for a total of 11.8 million. Looks like the power of Potter still is strong!