Theme parks struggled with attendance in 2020, new report details

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Themed Entertainment Association reveals drop in numbers

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Last year hasn’t been great for theme parks.

In the early months of 2020, theme parks in the United States and around the world were forced to close temporarily due to the pandemic and the resulting lockdown. While some parks remained closed for several months in 2021, others were able to reopen last year.

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Those parks are generally only A. were able to operate limited capacity.

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While no one expected 2020 to be a record-breaking year for theme park attendance, a new report shows just how big of an impact the situation had on the industry. report, which was compiled by Themed Entertainment Association And that includes attendance figures for the year.

According to the report, the top 25 theme parks around the world had around 83.1 million visitors in 2020. This number is significantly lower than in 2019, when the top 25 theme parks had 253.7 million visitors.

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“The 2020 attendance is largely a function of regulatory agency restrictions limiting the days and capabilities of the parks to operate, not the park’s popularity and management,” the report said.

Disney World in Florida saw a 66.9% drop in visitor numbers in 2020 compared to 2019. Meanwhile, Disneyland was hit hard. Unlike Florida theme parks and resorts, Disneyland’s main theme parks and attractions remain closed through the end of 2020.

As a result, the park saw a drop in the number of visitors by more than 80%.

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Universal Studios, which also has theme parks in Florida and California, saw a similar decline during the year. However, Florida theme parks had the best attendance worldwide, with approximately 26.4 million visitors throughout the year.


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