This morning we put a plea out on twitter for people to annoy TEA/AECOM’s department in charge of the global park attendance estimates to get the 2010 numbers out. Today, they’re out. We’re not saying we had anything to do with it, but.. ya know?
Most of Disney’s park in Orlando are down by about 2% with the exception of Animal Kingdom which gained a little. Over at Universal Orlando the Islands of Adventure park with having Harry Potter only open for part of the year gained 30%. In California, Disneyland made a marginal gain while California Adventure rose 3%.
Overall there weren’t any major surprises as IOA’s gains were expected and when Disney glossed over the Orlando parks at recent financial meetings it was assumed they had small losses. Usually these reports come out right around tax time (April) but this year’s was delayed for reasons unknown. There’s been some speculation that Disney – who at times sponsors the TEA/AECOM activities – didn’t want the numbers to see the light of day due to the increases of other parks in Orlando while theirs were down. The loss on Disney’s end while Universal gained goes directly against their statement that new additions in the area help their bottom line and bring more people to Disney World.