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?)
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 ❤
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