Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) Records Best Attendance in 2017


Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) has reported the best attendance for the year 2017. Most of its parks have attracted a large number of visitors based on the 2017 Museum Index and Theme Index.

The turnstiles have recorded the visitors’ count of 56 million at Disney’s Orlando parks in 2017. The number of visitors at the Magic Kingdom is estimated at 20.4 million (up 0.3%). The number of guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is reported at 12.5 million (up 15.3%). The guest visitation at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are estimated at 12.2 million (up 4.2%) and 10.7 million (down 0.5%) respectively.

The debut of Pandora: The World of Avatar in May 2017 has contributed to the increased guest count at the animal kingdom. The shutdown of multiple attractions has caused a drop in attendance at Hollywood Studios. It will make room for the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands and Toy Story Land during the Summer of 2019. Galaxy’s Edgeland will feature an attraction of star wars themed hotel.

The house of Mickey Mouse has garnered a tourism market share of 70% for Orlando Parks. However, the attendance at Disney Water Parks has seen a marginal decline. The attendance at Typhoon Lagoon is reported at 2.1 million (down 5%). The guest visitation at Blizzard Beach is over 1.7 million but witnessed a drop of 7%.

The water parks of Walt Disney World Resort provides a chance for the guests to unwind and relax as the temperature during summer in Florida increases. The guests can enjoy the nonstop splashy fun and cool at DisneyÕs Blizzard Beach or DisneyÕs Typhoon Lagoon.

Universal Orlando Resort Park Reports Best Guest Visitation

The Universal Orlando Resort Park has also attracted more visitors in 2017. The visitor count at Florida based Universal Studios is estimated at over 10.1 million (up 2%). The attendance at the Islands of Adventure is estimated at over 9.5 million, an increase of 2%.

The company is investing additional funds in new attractions to drive the growth of visitors. It is also planning for major expansion of Universal Boulevard. The theme parks of Universal accounts for 25% market share of Orlando.

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