According to the Florida Daily Post, “Attendance at the 10 biggest amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time”.

And kudos to Disney! As our own Magic Kingdom in Orlando was the best-attended park in the world in 2018 with 20.8 million visitors. And attendance growth is expected to continue through the addition of many new attractions based on movies or books this year.

New attractions this year include the opening of the “Star Wars: Galaxy Edge” at Disney Park in California. And in Florida, the debut of a new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

The report, done by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM, said global attendance at water-parks increased by 2.5%, and the top museums had relatively flat attendance last year.

Disneyland in California came in second with 18.6 million visitors, Tokyo Disneyland with 17.9 million visitors, Tokyo Disney Sea with 14.6 million visitors and Universal Studios Japan with 14.3 million visitors.

“Overall, it’s been an outstanding year,” the report states. And of course, this is good news for Florida’s economy too.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .