Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter boosts Universal Studios attendance; Disneyland visits slip

Harry Potter boosts Universal Studios attendance; Disneyland visits slip

The magic of Harry Potter conjured a big boost in attendance last year at Universal Studios Hollywood, even as crowds dwindled at Disneyland.

Universal Studios Hollywood, which opened the $500-million Wizarding World of Harry Potter in April 2016, welcomed more than 8 million visitors, a 13.9% increase in attendance compared with the previous year, according to Los Angeles consulting firm Aecom. It was the largest percentage increase of any of the top 25 theme parks in the world.

“Universal Studios Hollywood attributes its unparalleled attendance growth in 2016 to its ambitious investment in the destination, including the unprecedented arrival of the Wizarding World of Harry...

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