Attendance at Disney World in Florida rose 1%, from 17 million in 2008 to 17.2 million in 2009, according to the report. At Disneyland, crowd numbers jumped 8%, from 14.7 million in 2008 to 15.9 million in 2009. Disney's neighboring California Adventure saw an increase of 9.5%, from 5.6 million in 2008 to 6 million in 2009.
Crowd numbers were also up slightly for other Disney parks in Florida, including Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Now, these numbers are impressive enough as they are, considering that 2009 was also a tough economic year. But what makes these numbers jawdropping is that other theme parks around the country did not do that well!
Meanwhile, attendance at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles dropped 6%, from 4.6 million in 2008 to 4.3 million in 2009, the report said. Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park also lost ground, with attendance declining 6.5%, from 3.6 million in 2008 to 3.3 million in 2009.
In fact, overall theme park attendance around the country dropped by about 1.3%. This makes the Disney numbers extremely impressive, that they not only could maintain a high attendance numbers, but also see an increase. Now granted that the guests may not spend as much as they used to, but this is WAY better than having even a fewer number of guests that aren't spending as much as they used to.
With the renovation of Fantasy Land at the Magic Kingdom, and the overhaul at California Adventure, these numbers should increase further in the next couple of years.