Disneyland Among Popular Parks To See Decrease In Attendance

It looks like the happiest place on Earth is not welcoming enough guests. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, Disneyland is among the 13 of 14 Disney themed parks that saw a decrease in attendance.

The park saw 17.9 million visitors in 2016, a 1.8 percent drop from 2015 when the park celebrated its 60th anniversary. Within walking distance, Disney California Adventure saw 9.3 million visitors in 2016, down 0.9 percent from 2015, according to the report.

Also to note is the fact Disneyland closed down 10 of its attractions and eateries at the start of 2016, which may have been a source of the decline.

The only Disney park to see an increase was Shanghai Disneyland, which has only been open for less than a year.

About 40 miles north, Universal Studios Hollywood saw more than 8 million visitors, a 13.9% increase compared with the previous year the report added. This was largely due to the 2016 opening of themed area Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Los Angeles consulting firm Aecom disclosed these numbers to the Los Angeles news source. They publish the attendance tally annually in collaboration with the Themed Entertainment Assn. Most theme parks don’t report attendance, but industry insiders say that Aecom’s estimates are accurate, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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