The theme park capital of the world never sleeps and never grows complacent with its success in attracting tourists from all four corners of the globe. Changes, innovation and additions continue to lure holiday makers to head to Orlando and purchase their Florida park tickets. Consequently Orlando is home to the world’s most visited entertainment resort in the world, Walt Disney World’s very own iconic Magic Kingdom. In 2010 Magic Kingdom alone received 17 million park guests.
Figures for 2011 are yet to be released, but Orlando tends to exceed the 50 million visitors mark, leaving New York a couple of million behind in second place. President Obama’s visit to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom last week Thursday not only firmly secures America’s stature in global tourism, but endorses Orlando and, more specifically, Walt Disney World as the country’s tourism superpower.
It will be particularly interesting to compare Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom figures with Universal Islands of Adventure, which continues to reach the top of theme park polls for its 2010 addition, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Regardless of both parks’ worldwide success, they never fail to seize the opportunity to give those with Disney tickets and Universal tickets the experience of a lifetime.
At Walt Disney World the construction of Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom begins next year and is likely to be a major contender against Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fantasyland undergoes an expansion which welcomes new experiences with Beauty and the Beast, a Seven Dwarves rollercoaster and a new attraction featuring the Little Mermaid.
Whilst at Universal Orlando the strategy is out with the old and in with the new. The classic Jaws ride departs to accommodate a possible expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is rumored that park guests will soon be able to hop on the Hogwarts express and travel between Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. The arrival of Despicable Me and an enhanced Amazing Adventures of Spiderman will have those experiencing Universal for the first or tenth time equally excited.
“We've got the best product to sell. I mean look at where we are," Barack Obama said, stood in Orlando, in front of the magnificent Cinderella Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
The figures show that the proof is in the pudding, Orlando truly is special, the world over. Relive old memories and build some new ones...head to Florida and get your Florida park tickets here.