2012 Attendance Report Released
Read about how the World theme parks, water parks and museums did in terms of attendance for the 2012 season, as the Themed Entertainments Association (TEA) publishes its annual report.
With a 5.2% global increase in attendance there is a mix of up and downs in each region. North America saw a 3.6% growth, and Asia enjoyed a 5.8% increase in attendance. Meanwhile, in Europe, there was a less rosy picture, as the top 20 parks saw a 0.3% fall in gate figures.
There were some notable individual success stories for the year. Parc Asterix saw an 8% increase in attendance, which is mainly thought to be down to their new B&M Invert, Oz'Iris. As a result of the opening of critically acclaimed Cars Land and other refurbishments at the park, Disney's California Adventure had a massive 22.6% increase in visitor numbers.
It was a mixed year for Merlin Entertainments, but was generally very positive with a 16.4% increase in visitors across the group. In Europe, the Legoland parks proved to be their saving grace with Windsor up by 5.3% and Billund up by 3.1%. Both Gardaland and Thorpe Park saw a 10% drop with Alton Towers down by 9.1% and Heide park suffering a 7.1% fall. Much of the poor fortunes in the UK are being attributed to the poor weather and the Olympics.
Below are tables and maps showig the headline figures. For the full, comprehensive report, we fully recommend reading the full report by clicking the link below.