WDW attendance calculations?


President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
Counting hoppers 2 to 6 times flagrantly misleads.........an act so egregious that it should be a criminal act; I'm thinking a low level misdomenor when cited.

.....OK not a crime but such an illogical approach to understanding attendance that it should be laughed off stage and pelted with rotten fruits and vegetables.

Thinking that there are enough guests who make more than 3 hops in one days to significantly effect counts of parks attendance is indeed an egregious act.


President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
I guessing this is how they count attendance, but agree completely with @HongKongFooy that it's a ridiculous way to count attendance. It just makes no sense.

I depends on what you want to know. Do want to know how many people are in the park at once? Have visited the park throughout the day? Are in the multi-park complex visiting more than one park? How about on party nights where there's a whole different guest list from the day to the night?

Here's something else to keep in mind: Let's say folks in Orlando have an AP to both WDW and Uni. They pop into Uni in the morning for their Potter fix. Then they hop over to Epcot for dinner and fireworks. Now, if we're only supposed to count park-hoppers just once for the day... which park gets to count them?


Active Member
Disney cares primarily about two things here:

1. How many people are in each park at any given time? This impacts operations and tells you if it is safe to let more people in, if more crowd control measures are needed, whether to open the Main Street Bypass, whether to allow operations to extend staff members to increase capacity in the evening, etc.

2. How much money is being made by selling tickets? This is a function of the relationship between tickets sold and total money spent per person, how many hotel rooms were sold, was any discount required to make the sale, etc.

Note that annual attendance at each individual park doesn't really play into either one of these issues.

Disney has not been releasing annual attendance numbers since the '80s. However, OLC does release attendance from Tokyo Disneyland Resort (note that they do not have annual passes or park hopping for less than 3 or 4 day tickets).

The numbers that are usually thrown around come from the TEA AECOM Theme Index Report. This report is created primarily to create an industry benchmark, and should not be used for anything other than getting a ballpark estimate. In the book written by Buzz Price, the guy who first applied economic analysis to the amusement industry when Walt Disney hired his team to find a location for Disneyland, he described how they put together an estimated annual attendance number and ask Disney to check their work. Without violating SEC reporting guidelines, they have the researcher adjust the number up or down. But it is all unofficial.

I have discussed this with the author of the 2019 report, and she confirmed that this is still how it is done.
I view Universal Studios and IOA as one since the opening of Diagon and the Hog Express Train.
You can't count them as one when each park requires a separate ticket or a 2-park ticket to attend both. They're easily accessible, but clearly separate parks as defined by the turnstiles that you pass through to enter each one.


Well-Known Member
You can't count them as one when each park requires a separate ticket or a 2-park ticket to attend both.

Indeed they are two separate parks. That is beyond clear: separate hours, individual park tickets, individual identities/themes.

I'm saying that I perceive them as one.....just a pet or personal viewpoint I hold since the Hog Express links the two lands of their respective parks seamlessly while fully understanding that they are bona-fide 2 parks.

Register on WDWMAGIC. This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.

Top Bottom