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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Surpasses Epcot in Annual Attendance For The First Time Ever In 2017

Pandora: The World of Avatar has proven to be a huge payoff for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The attendance last year went up 15%, beating out Epcot for the first time and making Animal Kingdom the second-highest-attended park at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom is the highest as you might guess).

The Magic Kingdom remains the highest attendance theme park globally, followed by #2 Disneyland, #3 Tokyo Disneyland, #4 Tokyo Disney Sea, #5 Disney’s Animal Kingdom and #6 Epcot.

In 2016, Animal Kingdom’s attendance was reported at 10.8 million visitors, which means it gained almost two million in the year of 2017.

This, of course, is due to Pandora – The World of Avatar opening with two new attractions: Flight of Passage, which is an immersive experience where you feel like you’re flying on a banshee, and Na’Vi River Journey, a boat ride that takes you through Pandora.

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens next year, the numbers will likely change again, and then the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster opening at Epcot by Walt Disney’s World 50th Anniversary in 2021 will probably sway things once more.