2021 Theme Park Attendance Road To Recovery

The latest attendance figures from the TEA and AECOM’s report show a marked recovery in 2021 for the major theme parks and water parks as they continued to adapt to the evolving climate from the impacts of the COVID pandemic.

Disney, Universal and SeaWorld theme park attendances took a major hammering in 2020 due to the pandemic. With park closures, reduced operating capacities and when the parks eventually re-opened, travel restrictions and public confidence all contributed to a massive decrease in attendace during 2020.

The Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World saw a 67% drop in attendance with 2019 figures showing nearly 21 million whereas 2020 figures had dropped to 6.9 million. However the 2021 attendance figures show a bounce back of 82% for the Magic Kingdom with attendance at 12.69 million.

The table below shows 2019, 2020 and 2021 attendance figures in millions

The full report from TEA and AECOM can be found on their website HERE

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Announces Serengeti Flyer

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Serengeti Flyer as the park’s all-new 2023 attraction. Serengeti Flyer will be the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, a screamin’ swing, upon opening in spring 2023.

With each swing, riders will soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth. Serengeti Flyer will feature twin duelling arms that soar progressively higher reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak. Guests will be seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas, allowing for 40 guests to experience the ride at once.

“Serengeti Flyer’s thrilling ride experience is bound to provide riders with a pulse-pounding encounter that can only be found at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,” said Neal Thurman, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We believe that Serengeti Flyer will be the perfect high-thrill addition to our world-class portfolio of attractions including Iron Gwazi, the Golden Ticket Award Winner for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022.”

  • Serengeti Flyer will be the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, a screamin’ swing, upon opening in spring 2023.

  • With each swing, riders will soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth.

  • Serengeti Flyer will feature twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak.

  • Guests will be seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas, allowing for 40 guests to experience the ride at once.

  • Serengeti Flyer will feature a 48” height requirement, allowing for younger thrill seekers to experience the rush of Serengeti Flyer.

Rock, Ride And Rejoice With Rock The Universe 2023

Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe at Universal Orlando Resort, is back for its 25th year January 27-29. The rocking weekend kicks off Friday night with performances by GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Skillet, Northern Irish folk-rock worship band, Rend Collective, Dove award-winning band, Bethel Music and more. The festival continues Saturday night with performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer, Zach Williams, Billboard’s #1 Hot Christian Song artist, Matthew West and more. For the full weekend lineup, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Beyond the main stage performances, Rock the Universe attendees can rejoice in worship experiences throughout the weekend – including a powerful Sunday morning service to wrap up the faith-filled weekend. Fans can keep the music flowing in the dedicated FanZone presented by Coca-Cola, featuring live performances from up-and-coming acts like DJ Promote, and autograph sessions with participating musical acts.

Tickets to Rock the Universe also include access to Universal Studios Florida’s most thrilling attractions during the event. Fans can take a break from the music and experience rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Revenge of the Mummy.

Event Tickets and Group Vacation Packages are Now on Sale!

To purchase Rock the Universe tickets and vacation packages, visit www.RocktheUniverse.com.

Alton Towers To Close Major Ride

The Staffordshire theme park, Alton Towers, has announced that it is closing Nemesis rollercoaster on 6th November 2022.

A sign in the park states that Nemesis will be closing due to the beast’s ‘abnormal behaviour’. At first fans have been quick to take to social media fearing the end of a classic thrill coaster at the park, however they soon realised that this isn’t a permanent closure.

Nemesis which cost £10m and was Europes first inverted rollercoaster is expected to reopen in 2024 after an exciting revamp. Visitors have just a few weeks for a last chance to enjoy the loops and corkscrews in its current guise before it closes.

image © Alton Towers

SeaWorld Spooktacular

SeaWorld Orlando is excited to celebrate Halloween with families and children of all ages once again at this year’s Spooktacular. Kids will love collecting ghoulish goodies as they explore SeaWorld Orlando’s fun-filled trick-or-treating trail and meet colorful characters along the way. The days will also be full of other immersive and family-friendly activities to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.

This daytime event takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 17 and extends to Friday through Sunday from October 7 through the day of Halloween. SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular is included with park admission.

Trick-or-Treating Around SeaWorld Orlando

The highlight of Spooktacular at SeaWorld Orlando is back! Children are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat for candy and snacks in the park. Each candy station along SeaWorld Orlando’s trick-or-treat trail features an assortment of sweet and salty favorites. A SeaWorld trick-or-treat bag is required to participate. SeaWorld Orlando will have an assortment of reusable bags available for purchase at the entrance of the Trick-or-Treat Trail.

Costumed guests can also enter a costume contest taking place in the Journey to Atlantis Plaza for the chance to win a special prize. The costume contest only takes place on Fridays during SeaWorld Orlando’s Spooktacular.

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