The Top 25 Most Visited Theme Parks In The World

The Top 25 Most Visited Theme Parks In The World

Posted by The OrlandoTastic Team on Jul 1st 2019

The data has been released and once again Disney has dominated the lists of Most Visited Theme Parks and Most Visited Amusement Park Corporations.  In 2018, 252,000,000 (252 Million) people visited the World's Top 25 theme parks, which was actually up 3.3% over 2017's attendance.  That is equivalent to 7% of the World's entire population!

So, who took top honors?  Just as in years past, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort attracted 20.9 million visitors, up 2% from 2017.  In fact, all four of Disney World's major theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios) all landed in the top 10.  Disney's dominance should continue as Star Wars Lands are opening at their parks across the World, including several other cool rides and attractions at the Magic Kingdom alone (click here for more details).

Without further ado, here's the Top 25 Most Visited Theme Parks for 2018:

1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida - 20.9 million visitors

2. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California - 18.7 million visitors

3. Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan - 17.9 million visitors

4. Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort, Japan - 14.7 million visitors

5. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka - 14.3 million visitors

6. Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida - 13.8 million visitors

7. Epcot at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida - 12.4 million visitors

8. Shanghai Disneyland, China - 11.8 million visitors

9. Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Florida - 11.3 million visitors

10. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Hengqin, China - 10.8 million visitors

11. Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort - 10.7 million visitors

12. Disney California Adventure at Disneyland, Anaheim, California - 9.9 million visitors

13. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France - 9.8 million visitors

14. Universal's Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort, Florida - 9.8 million visitors

15. Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California - 9.1 million visitors

16. Hong Kong Disneyland - 6.7 million visitors

17. Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea - 6 million visitors

18. Nagashima Spa Land, Kuwana, Japan - 5.9 million visitors

19. Everland, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea - 5.9 million visitors

20. Ocean Park, Hong Kong - 5.8 million visitors

21. Europa-Park, Rust, Germany - 5.7 million visitors

22. Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands - 5.4 million visitors

23. Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France - 5.3 million visitors

24. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark - 4.9 million visitors

25. Chimelong Paradise, Guangzhou, China - 4.7 million visitors

So, Disney parks dominated but how do they stack up against other large groups?  Here are the top three Amusement Park Corporations:

1. Walt Disney Attractions, United States - 157,311,000

2. Merlin Entertainments, United Kingdom - 67,000,000

3. Universal Parks & Resorts, United States - 50,068,000

We are all familiar with the Universal Parks in the Orlando area, specifically Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  Many of our readers might not be familiar with Merlin Entertainments.  They have parks and attractions all across the World, including Legolands and Madame Tusauds.  Here's the rest of the list.

4. OCT Parks, China People's Republic of China - 49,350,000

5. Fantawild, People's Republic of China - 42,074,000

6. Chimelong Group, People's Republic of China - 34,007,000

7. Six Flags Inc., United States - 32,024,000

8. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, United States - 25,912,000

9. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, United States - 22,582,000

10. Parques Reunidos, Spain - 20,900,000

*Data retrieved from the 2018 Theme Index and Museum Index, compiled by T.E.A. (Themed Entertainment Association)