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ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — The numbers are in and attendance at all but two of the state’s theme parks increased.
According to a report, released Wednesday by the Themed Entertainment Association, five of Florida’s parks were ranked in the Top 25 worldwide.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom had the highest attendance at 19.33 million in 2014, up 4 percent from 18.59 million in 2013. Sister parks Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios all showed 2 percent increases.
Universal Studios showed the largest increase of all Florida parks, rising 17 percent to 8.26 million visitors last year. Universal’s Islands of Adventure showed no change from just over 8.1 million visitors in 2013. Busch Gardens in Tampa increased 1 percent to 4.12 million.
SeaWorld Orlando’s attendance fell 8 percent from 5.09 million in 2013 to 4.68 million last year. Revenue and attendance have declined there since the release of the critical documentary “Blackfish.”
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