Universal Orlando sees HIGHER attendance than several Disney World parks

The year 2020 has brought some challenges to the theme park industry, which has seen many parks close for at least several months and then reopen with limited capacity.

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Fast forward to now, however, and the theme parks are recovering. However, when looking at attendance levels, in this case 2021 attendance levels, it may come as a surprise that three of Disney World’s parks are not rated as highly as Universal Orlando’s parks.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM recently released a report on theme park attendance levels in 2021. The highest-attended theme park in 2021 was Magic Kingdom. However, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure ranked highest in attendance as EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Universal Studios Florida had 8,987,000 guests in 2021, while Universal Islands of Adventure had just over 9 million. That’s more than Animal Kingdom’s 7.2 million, Hollywood Studios’ 8.6 million, and EPCOT’s 7.8 million.

In 2019, that was not the case. The four Disney World parks ranked above the two present Universal parks.

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Interestingly enough, Disney World’s parks were still well below their 2019 levels in 2021, while Universal was only short of about 1 million guests for each park. Universal will likely continue to see more guests in the future, especially once it announces an opening date for its big expansion, epic universe.

Super Nintendo World concept art in the Epic Universe ©Universal

Disney has recently seen controversy for many things in the parks, including paid skip-the-line service, Genie+, which recently saw a pretty big price increase. For this reason and other factors like ease of planning, many theme park fans have enjoyed visiting Universal Orlando. For example, Universal Orlando does not require park pass reservations, so you can show up at the park any day and enter with a ticket or annual pass.

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We’ll continue to monitor attendance at both parks and report on our findings, so stay tuned to AllEars for more.

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Herman C. Harkins