Hi guys. TEA released their 2020 attendance report today: https://aecom.com/wp-content/uploads/documents/reports/AECOM-Theme-Index-2020.pdf Unsurprisingly, it makes for pretty dismal reading. Some of the main stats of interest include: Magic Kingdom remains the most visited park in the world, but only 6,941,000 guests visited in 2020, representing a decrease of 66.9%. The top 25 parks worldwide saw an overall attendance drop of 67.2%. Chinese properties seemed to fare relatively well compared to the rest of the world, with Shanghai Disneyland now taking 2nd place in the worldwide league table with 5,500,000 guests, and players such as Happy Valley Beijing making the top 10 with 3,950,000 guests. Efteling was Europe’s most visited theme park, with 2,900,000 guests passing through the gates in 2020. Disneyland Park came in 2nd with 2,620,000 guests, with Europa Park (2,500,000), Tivoli Gardens (1,628,000) and Walt Disney Studios (1,410,000) closing out the top 5. In terms of the UK, Alton Towers was the country’s most visited, with 670,000 guests passing through the park’s gates in 2020. The previous UK winner, Legoland, had a dramatic fall to 4th place, only attracting 450,000 guests in 2020. Decreases in attendance varied widely, with some properties reporting as little as 10% and others reporting decreases of above 80%. In terms of some of my own personal thoughts: This report definitely shows the impact that different countries/areas’ restrictions had on attendance; some parks fell by almost 90% compared to 2019 figures, while some fell by lesser amounts. Interestingly, some Chinese properties only had around a 10% fall in attendance, which is why some non-Disney Chinese parks are making the worldwide top 10. Legoland Windsor has slipped from top of the UK attendance ranking right down to 4th, with Alton, Thorpe and Chessington all beating it, in that order. LLW suffered the most, with more than an 80% decrease on 2019; the park only attracted 450,000 guests in 2020. I wonder why Legoland was so profoundly dented compared to the rest of Merlin’s UK parks? Neither of DLP’s parks claiming the European attendance crown was intriguing; I’d have expected those to be top. Disneyland Park itself came 2nd only to Efteling, while Walt Disney Studios came 5th, behind Efteling, Disneyland Park, Europa Park and Tivoli Gardens, in that order. I also found the rise of Efteling to top park in Europe incredibly interesting; if any park was to beat Disney, I’d have thought it would be Europa, as EP opened up fairly early relative to others in Europe and had pretty high attendance figures pre-COVID. Shanghai Disneyland claiming 2nd place behind Magic Kingdom was also an occurrence I found quite intriguing, as both Tokyo parks, both California parks, and Universal Studios Japan all got higher attendance figures than Shanghai Disneyland in 2019. I guess that shows the impact that China’s fairly early easing of COVID restrictions had, if nothing else! So all in all, I think this report has some very interesting info! Of course, attendance isn’t a competition, especially in times like these, but it’s certainly interesting to see who came out on top with the pandemic in play! What are you guys’ thoughts? P.S. I should point out that the attendance is ranked in 2019 order as opposed to 2020 order.