Why Disney Reigns Supreme

It’s no secret that I love Walt Disney World. It’s the Most Magical Place On Earth and my favorite place to be. I have dreams about it, talk about it constantly and I am always planning my next trip because I can’t get enough.

But that isn’t why Disney reigns supreme. This is:

Last year, Magic Kingdom saw an estimated 18,588,000 people walk through its gates. Yes, you read that correctly. Over 18 million people visited Magic Kingdom last year, which happened to be the highest theme park attendance rate for 2013.

Isn’t that crazy? Magic Kingdom beat out every other Disney park, including its predecessor, Disneyland, which has many of the same attractions. But have no fear–every Disney park made it onto the Top 20 list of Theme/Amusement Parks in North America. In fact, Disney filled up the first six spots on the list with Magic Kingdom coming in 1st, Disneyland in 2nd, Epcot at Walt Disney World in 3rd, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 4th, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 5th, and Disney’s California Adventure in 6th. When you add up the numbers, an estimated 74,841,000 people visited Disney parks last year. 74,841,000.

And that doesn’t even include Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Parks, which ranked 1st and 2nd on the Top 20 List of Water Parks in North America. Typhoon Lagoon had 2,142,000 visitors and Blizzard Beach had 1,968,000.

You may not like Disney. It may not be your favorite theme park to visit, but the numbers don’t lie. People visit Disney parks more than they visit any other amusement park in the country.

But the real question is–why?

I could probably write an extensive essay on why Disney continues to come out on top despite Universal having the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Busch Gardens having thrilling rides and roller coasters. But the answer can be summed up in one sentence:

Disney appeals to and has something for everyone.

Disney is marketed as a theme park for all ages. It’s a place where families can come and enjoy time together–together being the operative word. Many theme/amusement parks cater to an older crowd with thrilling roller coasters and less rides for the entire family to enjoy. This is where Disney comes in to save the day. Disney has several parks that house a variety of shows, rides, and other entertainment that will keep everyone entertained. Even those die-hard Disney haters (yes, some do exist) will find SOMETHING they like.

And, if you thought Disney’s theme park success started and ended here in the United States, you were wrong. Disney reigns supreme throughout the world.

Tokyo Disneyland had 17,213,000 visitors last year, which is more than Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Tokyo Disney Sea had 14,084,100, Disneyland Park in Paris had 10,430,000 and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris had 4,470,000.

In fact, Disneyland Paris is said to be the most visited attraction in Paris, beating out the very famous Eiffel Tower. That. Is. Crazy.

And if you’re STILL not convinced that Disney reigns supreme, allow me to list just some of the things that The Walt Disney Company owns:

Lucasfilm (aka STAR WARS)

Pixar Animation Studios (Responsible for many movie favorites, such as Up, Wall-E, and Toy Story)

Disney-ABC Television Group

ABC Family (How many of you love Pretty Little Liars?)

A&E

ESPN (Hello, sports fans.)

Marvel Entertainment (Hello, Avengers fans.)

Disney Interactive Media Group

I could keep going, but the entire list is long and in depth. Plus, I think you see where I’m going with this.

I love Disney because the magic in the parks translates to EVERYTHING they do outside of them. Even if Disney isn’t your favorite place to visit, I guarantee at least one of your favorite things has a little bit of pixie dust sprinkled on it.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is the short version (yes, this could be longer!) of why Disney reigns supreme ❤

 

*The theme park attendance figures mentioned in this post can be found here, and a list of Disney’s assets can be found here.*

 

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Put Me In Summer And I’ll Be A…

…HAPPY PRINCESS!

Hello friends, and welcome to my blog!

Also…

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!

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Somewhere in Arendelle, Olaf is a VERY happy snowman!

It’s only fitting that my very first post should be about how today is the first day of summer, because summer means no school, no homework and having PLENTY of time to visit theme parks!

Living in Florida gives me access to some of the best theme parks in the country–Walt Disney World, Universal, and Busch Gardens. Even though I can visit these parks whenever I want during the rest of the year, it’s easier to go during the summer because I don’t have to worry about missing class or having to get an assignment done!

This summer is especially exciting because in just 17 days, Universal Studios Florida will officially open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–Diagon Alley!

Diagon Alley comes four years after the initial grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter–Hogsmeade, which opened on June 18th, 2010 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This ‘world’ features the famous Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which houses the very popular Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. You can also have a Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, get a wand at Ollivander’s and stock up on Chocolate Frogs at Honeydukes!

Diagon Alley promises to be just as, if not more, amazing as Hogsmeade. You will be able to dine at the Leaky Cauldron, make your way down Knockturn Alley, and go on an adventure in Gringotts on the new ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts.

Is this not every Harry Potter fan’s dream come true?!

But it gets even better. Universal also brings the Hogwarts Express to life this summer, giving guests who have a park-to-park ticket or an annual pass the opportunity to travel between the two ‘worlds’ and experience the ride of a lifetime. When you enter the train station at Hogsmeade, you even get to walk through the wall to get to Platform 9 3/4 😉

This summer also brings us a completed New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World thanks to the addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which opened on May 28th, 2014.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family friendly coaster that brings you swinging cars, advanced audio-animatronics, and your favorite seven dwarfs! You even get a glimpse of the dwarfs dancing with Snow White in their cottage at the end of ride–and the Evil Queen lurking outside.

We can also expect to see Falcon’s Fury: The Ride open some time this summer at Busch Gardens Tampa. This freestanding drop tower stands at 335 feet, making it the tallest freestanding drop tower in the country. If that wasn’t scary enough, you pivot 90 degrees before the big drop so that you plummet 60 mph to the ground–face down.

If you’re heading to Florida this summer, there are SO many new things to experience. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen to protect you from the sun, a poncho to protect you from the daily showers, and your sense of adventure.

Happy Summer, theme park goers! ❤

Where are you headed this summer? Let me know in the comments!