TEA and AECOM Release the 2019 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index

The annual publication lists new additions to the top 25 theme parks worldwide and provides data and trends on the global industry.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM have just published the 2019 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, which provides comprehensive data on attendance and other statistics from the world’s top theme parks, water parks, and museums.

The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is released mid-year annually and contains data from the previous calendar year, based on research from AECOM’s team of industry specialists, along with expert analysis and discussion of trends. This report is considered an essential resource for the industry, media outlets, financial and travel sectors, investors, developers and educators as well as theme-park enthusiasts and students.

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“After clearing the half-billion attendance mark in 2018, the world’s top theme parks, water parks, and attractions continued to climb to 521 million in 2019 for a 4.0% annual growth rate as represented by the top 10 attraction groups,” stated the report.

Among the highlights of this year’s publication is a chart of the top 25 theme parks worldwide. Ten Disney properties were among the top 25 in 2019, and joining the list were Everland in Seoul, Korea; Lotte World in Seoul, Korea; Nagashima Spa Land, in Kuwana, Japan, Europa-Park in Rust, Germany; De Efteling, in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands; and Happy Valley in Beijing, China.

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These top 25 theme parks saw an attendance growth of 0.7% from 2018 to 2019, for a comprehensive attendance of 253.9 million people in 2019, compared to 252.0 million in 2018. In North America, attendance at the top 20 amusement/theme parks grew 1.2% from 2018 to 2019—from 157.5 million to 159.4 million. Asia-Pacific saw a 1.6% increase in attendance among its top 20 amusement/theme parks between 2018 and 2019, from 139.1 million to 141.3 million. The EMEA region saw a 1.1% decrease in attendance at amusement/theme parks from 2018 to 2019, from 65.4 million to 64.7 million.

The 2019 edition of the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is available free of charge on the TEA website. Previous editions going back to 2006 are also available on this site.

by Philip Hernandez