List of amusement park rankings

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Amusement parks and theme parks are terms for a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in a location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people. Amusement parks are located all around the world with millions of people visiting them every year. This list of amusement park rankings summarizes the attendance records, park rankings and the results of public polls of amusement parks around the world.

Attendance records[edit]

This is a list of annual attendance figures of amusement parks and water parks released by TEA, the Themed Entertainment Association.

Amusement park corporations in terms of attendance[edit]

This section lists the top 11 largest amusement park corporations in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park corporations Country 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[3] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts  United States 118,000,000 119,100,000 120,600,000 121,400,000 126,479,000
2 Merlin Entertainments Group  United Kingdom 35,200,000 38,500,002 41,000,000 46,400,000 54,000,000
3 Universal Studios Recreation Group  United States 25,700,000 23,700,000 26,300,000 30,800,000 34,515,000
4 Parques Reunidos  Spain 24,900,000 24,800,000 25,800,000 26,220,000 27,130,000
5 Six Flags Inc.  United States 25,300,000 23,800,000 24,300,000 24,300,000 25,750,000
6 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment  United States 23,000,000 23,500,000 22,400,000 23,600,000 24,310,000
7 Cedar Fair Entertainment Company  United States 22,700,000 21,100,000 22,800,000 23,400,000 23,600,000
8 OCT Parks China  People's Republic of China 13,400,000 15,800,000 19,300,000 21,730,000 23,359,000
9 Haichang Group  People's Republic of China N/A N/A N/A 7,550,000 9,400,000
10 Compagnie des Alpes (Grévin & Compagnie SA)  France 9,500,000 10,000,000 9,000,000 9,210,000 9,300,000
11 Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation  United States 8,300,000 N/A 9,600,000 9,500,000 N/A

Amusement parks in terms of attendance[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

This section list the top 27 largest amusement parks worldwide in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[3] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 17,063,000 17,233,000 16,972,000 17,142,000 17,536,000
2 Disneyland at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, USA 14,721,000 15,900,000 15,980,000 16,140,000 15,963,000
3 Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo, Japan 14,293,000 13,646,000 14,452,000 13,996,000 14,847,000
4 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 12,498,000 12,004,000 12,663,000 11,930,000 12,656,000
5 Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 12,688,000 12,740,000 10,500,000 10,990,000 11,200,000
6 Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 10,935,000 10,990,000 10,825,000 10,825,000 11,063,000
7 Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,540,000 9,590,000 9,686,000 9,783,000 9,998,000
8 Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,608,000 9,700,000 9,603,000 9,699,000 9,912,000
9 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 8,300,000 8,000,000 8,160,000 8,500,000 9,700,000
10 Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 5,297,000 4,627,000 5,949,000 7,674,000 7,981,000
11 Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort Anaheim, California, USA 5,566,000 6,095,000 6,287,000 6,341,000 7,775,000
12 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong 5,030,000 4,800,000 5,404,000 6,955,000 7,436,000
13 Everland Yongin, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea 6,600,000 6,169,000 6,884,000 6,570,000 6,853,000
14 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong 4,500,000 4,600,000 5,200,000 5,900,000 6,700,000
15 Lotte World Seoul, South Korea 4,236,000 4,261,000 5,551,000 5,780,000 6,383,000
16 Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 6,231,000 5,530,000 5,925,000 6,044,000 6,195,000
17 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California, USA 4,583,000 4,308,000 5,040,000 5,141,000 5,912,000
18 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana, Japan 3,734,000 4,700,000 4,465,000 5,820,000 5,850,000
19 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, USA 5,926,000 5,800,000 5,100,000 5,202,000 5,358,000
20 Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 2,612,000 2,655,000 4,500,000 4,710,000 4,800,000
21 Europa Park Rust, Germany 4,000,000 4,250,000 4,250,000 4,500,000 4,600,000
22 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California, USA 4,174,000 4,200,000 3,800,000 4,294,000 4,444,000
23 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida, USA 4,410,000 4,100,000 4,200,000 4,284,000 4,348,000
24 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 3,200,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,125,000 4,200,000
25 OCT East Shenzhen, China N/A N/A N/A 3,890,000 4,196,000
26 Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Yokohama, Japan 4,555,000 4,500,000 4,023,000 3,820,000 4,050,000
27 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 3,972,000 3,870,000 3,696,000 3,963,000 4,033,000

North America[edit]

This section list the top 10 largest amusement parks in North America in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[4] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 17,063,000 17,233,000 16,972,000 17,142,000 17,536,000
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California, USA 14,721,000 15,900,000 15,980,000 16,140,000 15,963,000
3 Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 10,935,000 10,990,000 10,825,000 10,825,000 11,063,000
4 Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,540,000 9,590,000 9,686,000 9,783,000 9,998,000
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 9,608,000 9,700,000 9,603,000 9,699,000 9,912,000
6 Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 5,297,000 4,627,000 5,949,000 7,674,000 7,981,000
7 Disney California Adventure Park Anaheim, California, USA 5,566,000 6,095,000 6,278,000 6,341,000 7,775,000
8 Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida, USA 6,231,000 5,530,000 5,925,000 6,044,000 6,195,000
9 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal City, California, USA 4,583,000 4,308,000 5,040,000 5,141,000 5,912,000
10 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida, USA 5,926,000 5,800,000 5,100,000 5,202,000 5,358,000

Europe[edit]

This section list the top 10 largest amusement parks in Europe in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[4] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 12,688,000 12,740,000 10,500,000 10,990,000 11,200,000
2 Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée, France 2,612,000 2,655,000 4,500,000 4,710,000 4,800,000
3 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 4,000,000 4,250,000 4,250,000 4,500,000 4,600,000
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 3,200,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,125,000 4,200,000
5 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 3,972,000 3,870,000 3,696,000 3,963,000 4,033,000
6 PortAventura Salou, Spain 3,300,000 3,000,000 3,050,000 3,522,000 3,540,000
7 Liseberg Gothenburg, Sweden 3,050,000 3,150,000 2,900,000 2,900,000 2,800,000
8 Gardaland Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy 3,100,000 2,900,000 2,800,000 2,850,000 2,700,000
9 Alton Towers Staffordshire, United Kingdom 2,520,000 2,650,000 2,750,000 2,600,000 2,400,000
10 Legoland Windsor Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom N/A N/A 1,900,000 1,900,000 2,000,000

Mexico and South America[edit]

This section list the top 10 largest amusement parks in Mexico and South America in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[4] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Six Flags México Mexico City, Mexico 2,020,000 1,950,000 2,000,000 2,200,000 2,310,000
2 Hopi Hari São Paulo, Brazil 1,458,000 1,500,000 1,983,000 1,850,000 1,628,000
3 La Feria Chapultepec Mágico Mexico City, Mexico 1,473,000 1,400,000 1,470,000 1,507,000 1,537,000
4 Beto Carrero World Santa Catarina, Brazil N/A 1,000,000 1,030,000 1,050,000 1,500,000
5 Parque Plaza Sésamo Monterrey, Mexico 1,025,000 970,000 931,000 900,000 1,197,000
6 Parque de la Costa Tigre, Argentina 1,036,000 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,080,000 1,091,000
7 Fantasilandia Santiago, Chile 1,100,000 1,100,000 1,166,000 1,180,000 1,070,000
8 Parque Mundo Aventura Bogotá, Colombia N/A N/A 990,000 1,208,000 1,065,000
9 El Salitre Magico Bogotá, Colombia 1,071,000 1,000,000 957,000 1,101,000 958,000
10 Beach Park Fortaleza, Brazil N/A 683,000 739,000 788,000 843,000
* Playcenter São Paulo, Brazil 1,600,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,350,000 N/A

Asia-Pacific[edit]

This section list the top 10 largest amusement parks in the Asia-Pacific region in order of annual attendance.

Rank Amusement park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[3] 2011[4] 2012[5]
1 Tokyo Disneyland Urayasu, Chiba, Japan 14,293,000 13,646,000 14,452,000 13,996,000 14,847,000
2 Tokyo DisneySea Urayasu, Chiba, Japan 12,496,000 12,004,000 12,663,000 11,930,000 12,656,000
3 Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Japan 8,300,000 8,000,000 8,160,000 8,500,000 9,700,000
4 Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong 5,030,000 4,800,000 5,100,000 6,955,000 7,436,000
5 Everland Yongin, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea 6,800,000 6,169,000 6,884,000 6,570,000 6,853,000
6 Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong 4,500,000 4,600,000 5,200,000 5,900,000 6,700,000
7 Lotte World Seoul, South Korea 4,236,000 4,261,000 5,551,000 5,780,000 6,383,000
8 Nagashima Spa Land Kuwana, Japan 3,734,000 4,700,000 4,465,000 5,820,000 5,850,000
9 OCT East Shenzhen, China N/A N/A N/A 3,890,000 4,196,000
10 Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Yokohama, Japan 4,555,000 4,500,000 4,023,000 3,820,000 4,050,000
* Happy Valley Shenzhen, China 3,180,000 2,800,000 3,050,000 3,890,000 3,212,000

Water parks in terms of attendance[edit]

This section list the top 20 largest water parks worldwide in order of annual attendance.

Rank Water park Location 2008[1] 2009[2] 2010[3] 2011 [4] 2012[5]
1 Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 2,059,000 2,059,000 2,038,000 2,058,000 2,100,000
2 Chime-Long Water Park Guangzhou, China 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,900,000 2,021,000
3 Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA 1,891,000 1,891,000 1,872,000 1,891,000 1,929,000
4 Ocean World Gangwon-do, South Korea 1,260,000 1,310,000 1,375,000 1,726,000 1,720,000
5 Aquatica Orlando, Florida, USA 950,000 1,600,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,538,000
6 Caribbean Bay at Everland Resort Gyeonggi-do, South Korea 1,500,000 1,450,000 1,736,000 1,497,000 1,508,000
7 Aquaventure Dubai, United Arab Emirates N/A N/A 1,040,000 1,200,000 1,300,000
8 Wet 'n Wild Orlando Orlando, Florida, USA 1,300,000 1,235,000 1,223,000 1,223,000 1,247,000
9 Wet'n'Wild Water World Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 1,025,000 1,095,000 1,175,000 1,200,000 1,200,000
10 Sunway Lagoon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1,100,000 907,000 1,000,000 1,040,000 1,200,000
11 Resom Spa Castle Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea N/A N/A N/A 1,034,000 1,158,000
12 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas, USA 882,000 900,000 882,000 982,000 1,017,000
13 Atlantis Water Adventure Jakarta, Indonesia N/A 720,000 850,000 950,000 1,000,000
14 Summerland Tokyo, Japan 898,000 920,000 925,000 850,000 990,000
15 Happy Magic Water Cube Beijing, China N/A N/A N/A 768,000 968,000
16 The Jungle Water Adventure Bogor, Indonesia N/A N/A 875,000 871,000 951,000
17 Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai, United Arab Emirates 825,000 677,000 690,000 890,000 860,000
18 Siam Water Park Tenerife, Spain N/A N/A N/A 800,000 800,000
19 Ocean Park Water Adventure Jakarta, Indonesia N/A N/A 700,000 600,000 750,000
20 Water Country USA Williamsburg, Virginia, USA 758,000 700,000 784,000 723,000 748,000

Other rankings[edit]

Number of roller coasters[edit]

Rank Location Opened Coasters Owner Ref.
1. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA 1971 18 Six Flags [6]
2. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA 1870 16 Cedar Fair [7]
Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada 1981 16 Cedar Fair
4. Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia, USA 1975 14 Cedar Fair [8]
Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, USA 1972 14 Cedar Fair [9]
6. Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 1973 13 Cedar Fair [10]
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, USA 1976 13 Six Flags [11]

Number of roller coaster inversions[edit]

Rank Location Opened Inversions Owner
1. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA 1971 34 Six Flags
2. (As of 2014) Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, USA 1972 25 Cedar Fair
3. Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey, England 1979 22 Merlin Entertainments
4. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA 1870 21 Cedar Fair
5. Alton Towers, Alton, Staffordshire, England 1980 20 Merlin Entertainments
Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 1973 20 Cedar Fair
Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, US 1905 20 Hershey Entertainment
6. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, USA 1974 19 Six Flags
Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell, Georgia, USA 1967 19 Six Flags
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas, USA 1992 19 Six Flags
7. Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia, USA 1975 18 Cedar Fair

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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