Disney Theme Parks Guide

According to the 2011 TEA/AECOM theme park industry attendance report, Disney held the top eight spots for most popular theme parks in the world. The number one spot was claimed by Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Clearly, if you aren’t one of the 16,972,000 people who visit Magic Kingdom each year, you’re missing out. That number doesn’t even include the three other parks within Disney World and the various other Disney theme parks worldwide. Make one of these immensely popular, magical destinations your next family vacation:

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has four main parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All four are in the top eight theme parks worldwide. That means you could knock out half of the entire world’s eight most popular theme parks in one trip to Orlando, Florida! Not surprisingly, Disney World is also the largest resort in the world by area as it also includes two water parks, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, 21 resort hotels, eight golf courses, and several other recreational facilities.

Disneyland Resort is the original, the classic. Located on the other side of the United States in Anaheim, California and with 15,980,000 annual visitors, it comes in just behind Magic Kingdom for number two in the world’s most popular theme parks. When it first opened in 1955, it was simply known as Disneyland Park, but with the expansion in 2001 to include Disney California Adventure and three resort hotels, the entire complex was rebranded as Disneyland Resort.

Tokyo Disney Resort is next on the list in the three-spot. It originally opened in 1983 in Chiba, Japan and expanded in 2001 to also include Tokyo DisneySea. DisneySea is considered its own park just like the four parks of Disney World and it comes in just behind Tokyo Disney Resort as the fourth most popular theme park in the world. Tokyo Disney sees an annual visitor amount of 14,452,000 people.

Disneyland Paris became Disney’s first European park when it opened in 1992. At the time, many French protested the “cultural imperialism” of such an American symbol opening in the suburbs of Paris, but today it sees 10,500,000 annual visitors, enough to make it the fifth most popular theme park in the world. Disneyland Paris features two theme parks (Disneyland Park

and Walt Disney Studios Park), a golf course, an entertainment complex, and six resort hotels.

Hong Kong Disneyland is Disney’s newest resort, opening in 2005. With 5,200,000 annual visitors, it ranks as the sixteenth most popular theme park in the world. Perhaps its feng shui design techniques will help it catch its fellow Disney resorts in the rankings.

Don’t be left behind when it comes to family fun, or even magical getaways with your significant other. Take a trip to one of Disney’s many parks and see what all the fuss is about. Our bet is you won’t be disappointed.

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