TOP 50 WORLD-WIDE (2001) Top 50 World-Wide (2002)
1 TOKYO DISNEYLAND 17.708.000 Record year. Consistently the world's most popular park. Even
Tokyo, Japan with the opening of DisneySea, attendance remained high.
2 WALT DISNEY WORLD MAGIC KINGDOM 14.784.000 09-11 severely affected attendance. Unlike regional theme parks, destination
Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA parks in the US loss business due to lack of air travel. Down 4% from 2000.
3 DISNEYLAND PARK 12.350.000 Down 11% due to 09-11 and cannibalism from California Adventure.
Anaheim, CA, USA
4 DISNEYLAND PARIS 12.200.000 Down slightly from 2000. New Walt Disney Studios Theme Park opening in 2002
Marne-La-Vallee, France as separate gate.
5 EVERLAND 9.028.000
Kyonggi-Do, South Korea
6 WALT DISNEY WORLD EPCOT 9.010.000 Coming off record year and Millennium Celebration hosted by park.
Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA 09-11 hurt attendance this year. Down 15% from 2000.
7 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN 9.000.000 New theme park opened for only 3/4 of year. Amazingly successful.
* Osaka, Japan (Opened 03-31-01)
8 WALT DISNEY WORLD DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS 8.366.000 Down 6% from 2000 due to 09-11.
Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
9 WALT DISNEY WORLD ANIMAL KINGDOM 7.771.000 Down 7% from 2000 due to 09-11.
Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
10 LOTTE WORLD 7.450.000
Seoul, South Korea
11 UNIVERSAL ORLANDO - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 7.290.000 Down 10%. All Florida attractions are based largely on air travel for
Orlando, FL, USA business. 09-11 drastically affected business in Central Florida.
Blackpool, England
13 UNIVERSAL ORL - ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE 5.520.000 Down 8%. 09-11 affected business.
Orlando, FL, USA
14 SEAWORLD FLORIDA 5.100.000 Faired the best of all Florida attractions after 09-11. Down
Orlando, FL, USA slightly from 2000. Highest ranking Busch property on list.
Yokohama, Japan
16 DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE 5.000.000 New theme park fell below 7 million expectations, but still finished well, with pricing structure changes for local market.
* Anaheim, CA, USA (Opened 02-08-01) Very rainy Spring Break hurt attendance. 09-11 affected business.
17 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD 4.732.000 Down 9% due to 09-11 and possible new competition with
Universal City, CA, USA California Adventure.
18 BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY 4.600.000 Down 8%. Coming off record year and 09-11 affects on
Tampa Bay, FL, USA central Florida.
19 SEAWORLD CALIFORNIA 4.100.000 Up 13%. New season pass plan worked well with local
San Diego, CA, USA market. Not as dependent on air travelers as other destinations.
20 TOKYO DISNEYSEA 4.000.000 New park performed very well with little affect on sister park's
* Tokyo, Japan (Opened 09-08-01) attendance. 2002 will be first full season.
+21 NAGASHIMA SPA LAND 3.900.000 Location of world's highest roller coaster, Steel Dragon.
Kuwana, Japan
+21 TIVOLI GARDENS 3.900.000
Copenhagen, Demark
23 KNOTT'S BERRY FARM 3.589.000 New competition in local market from California Adventure.
Buena Park, CA, USA Highest ranking Cedar Fair property on list. Down 3%.
24 SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE 3.560.000 Up slightly. Good weather, new B&M hypercoaster, Nitro.
Jackson, NY, USA Highest ranking Six Flags property on list.
+25 ADVENTUREDOME AT CIRCUS CIRCUS 3.400.000 Up 7%. New free admission policy. Competitor MGM closed
Las Vegas, NV, USA its theme park to public, so Adventuredome benefited.
+25 MOREY'S PIER 3.400.000 Up 3%. New children's area popular with locals.
Wildwood, NJ, USA
27 PARAMOUNT'S KINGS ISLAND 3.350.000 World's largest wooden roller coaster, Son of Beast, still strong puller.
Kings Island, OH, USA Highest ranking Paramount property on list.
28 UNIVERSAL'S PORT ADVENTURA 3.339.000 Universal's lowest charting park.
Salou, Spail
29 SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN 3.200.000 Competing with Cedar Point for park with most roller coasters. However, Deja Vu
Valencia, CA, USA opened much later in season than expected, and X will not open until 2002.
30 SEOUL LAND 3.106.845
Kyonggi-Do, South Korea
+31 CEDAR POINT 3.100.000 Although Millennium Force was still a strong pull in its second year (North
Sandusky, OH, USA America's highest roller coaster), 09-11 effected visitation. Down 9%.
+31 EFTELING 3.100.000
Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
+31 EUROPA PARK 3.100.000
Rust, Germany
+31 LISBERG 3.100.000
Gothenburg, Sweden
+35 OCEAN PARK 3.000.000
Hong Kong, China
+35 SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK 3.000.000 Corporate business down due to problems in nearby Silicon Valley.
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
+35 SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS 3.000.000 New hypercoaster, strong stage shows and 40th Anniversary made for very
Arlington, TX, USA successful season. Up 8%.
38 PARAMOUNT'S CANADA'S WONDERLAND 2.975.000 Good weather for most of season.
Maple, Ontario, Canada
39 GARDALAND 2.934.378
Castelnuovo Del Garda, Italy
40 SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA 2.900.000 Two new coasters, Deja Vu and Vertical Velocity (V2).
Gurnee, IL, USA
41 SUZUKA CIRCUIT 2.889.900
Suzuka, Japan
42 SIX FLAGS WORLDS OF ADVENTURE 2.750.000 New "superpark" of Six Flags Ohio, Sea World Ohio (bought from Busch) and a
Aurora, OH, USA waterpark. New pricing of one admission for all three parks. Up 61%.
43 BUSCH GARDENS 2.700.000 Up 17%. New Ireland section very well received with Riverdance style show. 09-11
Williamsburg, VA, USA had very positive effect on attendance as people stayed close to home.
44 SIX FLAGS MEXICO 2.670.000
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
46 HERSHEYPARK 2.560.000 Record year. Good weather and new nighttime laser show. Last year's new coaster,
Hershey, PA, USA Lightning Racer, still a big pull. Up 5%.
+47 BAKKEN 2.500.000
Klampenborg, Denmark
+47 PARQUE ESPANA 2.500.000
Shima-gun, Japan
49 KNOTT'S CAMP SNOOPY 2.418.000 Location in Mall of America hurt attendance after 09-11 with mall safety scare.
Bloomington, MN, USA Down 7%.
50 SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA 2.400.000 Two new rides, Deja Vu and Acrophobia (stand up free fall tower by Intamin).
Atlanta, GA, USA
* New Theme Park (Incomplete Season) Source: AMUSEMENT BUSINESS MAGAZINE, 12-24-01
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