Disney theme parks enjoyed an uptick in attendees in 2014, making the company the most visited theme park group worldwide, according to a new report.
More than 134.3 million people visited a Disney theme park in 2014, according to a report from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. That more than doubled the runner up, Merlin Entertainment, which saw 62.8 million visitors in 2014.
The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida was the most visited theme park in 2014, with more than 19.3 million visitors, while Tokyo Disneyland came in at No. 2 with more than 17.3 million visitors last year. Disneyland in California rounded out the top three with nearly 16.7 million visitors.
“Growth at U.S. theme parks was concentrated in the top nine parks — all Disney and Universal properties — underscoring the growing dominance of the major operators,” Brian Sands, AECOM vice president, economics, Americas, said in a news release.
In total, Disney theme parks represented nine of the top 10 most visited theme parks in the world. Universal Studios Japan as the only non-Disney thee park to crack the top 10, welcoming 11.8 million visitors in 2014, according to the report.
The Walt Disney Co. in May reported revenues of $7.6 billion at its theme parks for the first six months ending March 28. That represents a 7 percent increase over the corresponding six-month period a year earlier.
The company cited higher attendance and an increase in spending as helping spark better numbers during the first quarter of 2015. Theme parks represented the company’s second largest business unit following media networks.