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2010 attendance mixed at area theme parks

The gulf oil spill hurt Florida beach tourism, but other forces hit the Sunshine State's stable of theme parks in 2010. Just how much is evident in the Themed Entertainment Association annual attendance report. The economy and lack of new headline attractions kept a lid on attendance at all four theme parks at Walt Disney World. SeaWorld suffered a steep drop after the death of a whale trainer shelved its Shamu show for months. Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando got a huge boost from its new Harry Potter attraction. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which unlike Orlando rivals draws half its visitors from locals, was up modestly. The estimates confirm eight of the nations's 11 largest parks are in Central Florida, while 10 of the 20 largest in the world are owned by Walt Disney Co. Compiled by Mark Albright, Times staff writer

2010 attendance at the 11 largest U.S. theme parks

Park Attendance Percent change from '09
Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista 16.97 million -1.5
Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. 15.98 million +0.5
EPCOT, Lake Buena Vista 10.83 million -1.5
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando 9.87 million +1
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista 9.60 million -1
Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim 6.29 million +3
Islands of Adventure, Orlando 5.95 million +30
Universal Studios Florida, Orlando 5.93 million +6
SeaWorld, Orlando 5.10 million -12
Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, Calif. 5.04 million +26
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa 4.20 million +2.4

Source: AECOM/Themed Entertainment Association

2010 attendance mixed at area theme parks 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 10:49pm]
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