Theme Index

The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is a collaboration of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the economics practice at AECOM, a global provider of technical-professional and management-support services. This calendar-year study of global attractions attendance is a free resource for park operators, land developers and the travel industry. Top worldwide theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, museums and theme park group operators are named, ranked by attendance, and industry trends are identified. The global market is studied as a whole, and each of its main regions is also studied separately: the Americas, Europe and Asia. There is also a table of the top waterparks in the world and in the United States, and of the top global chain operators.

The study is published in late May or early June of each year. It is distributed electronically via TEA’s and AECOM’s websites, and a print edition is created by AECOM for additional distribution at trade events.

TEA and AECOM have collaborated on the Theme Index since 2007, although the study itself has been in existence for much longer. It began as an attendance report of major U.S. theme parks, produced by ERA (now part of AECOM) with Amusement Business magazine (now defunct). Over the years, this study evolved to add waterpark figures and address the international scope of the industry. The Museum Index was added for the 2012 study.

Inclusion in the annual Theme Index is a benchmark of success among operators. AECOM obtains the figures used to create the TEA/AECOM Theme Index through a variety of sources, including statistics furnished directly by the operators, historical numbers, financial reports, the investment banking community and local tourism organizations, among others.

To be included in the study, a facility in general must be gated (entry ticket required). North American parks must have annual visits above one million. To be included on the top chains list, a chain operator must have theme parks in its portfolio.

Every year TEA and AECOM hear from parks desiring to share their attendance increases and earn a place on the list. Operators who believe their properties should be included in the Theme Index are encouraged to contact the AECOM office in their region, after studying the current edition of the Theme Index and familiarizing themselves with the criteria. The more feedback and information received, the more accurate this report will become.

Publication of the Theme Index is widely announced via newswire and social media. If you are a member of the press and want to receive direct notification when the next one is published, please contact Judith Rubin, judy@teaconnect.org.

Theme Index


Chinese-2012-TEA-AECOM-Theme-Index-Official (pdf file)

Official Chinese language version of 2012 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index, the annual report on the world's top theme parks, water parks and museums produced and published by the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics practice at AECOM.

Chinese-2014-TEA-AECOM-Theme-Index-Official (pdf file)

Official Chinese language version of 2014 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index, the annual report on the world's top theme parks, water parks and museums produced and published by the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics practice at AECOM.

Chinese-2013-TEA-AECOM-Theme-Index-Official-CN6 (pdf file)

Official Chinese language version of 2013 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index, the annual report on the world's top theme parks, water parks and museums produced and published by the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics practice at AECOM.

Chinese-TEA-AECOM-Theme-Index-2016-Official_v.1.1 (pdf file)

Official Chinese language version of 2016 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index, the annual report on the world's top theme parks, water parks and museums produced and published by the Themed Entertainment Association and the economics practice at AECOM.

TEA/AECOM 2016 Theme Index & Museum Index (pdf file)

Annual global attraction attendance report: Both AECOM and TEA express thanks to the numerous park and museum operators who graciously and generously furnish attendance information and imagery, enabling this report to be as complete, accurate and informative as possible. The report is a free and essential resource for the press, the financial and leisure sectors, travel and tourism, educators, entertainment operators, investors and developers and park enthusiasts.

TEA/AECOM_2015ThemeIndex_ChineseLanguage (pdf file)

For calendar year 2015, the TEA/AECOM report on the top-attended theme parks, water parks and museums around the world. This is the Chinese language version.

2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index v1.3 (pdf file)

Updated 2:30 Central time May 27, 2016

2014 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index (pdf file)

Global Attraction Attendance Report: Both AECOM and TEA express thanks to the numerous park and museum operators who graciously and generously furnished attendance information and imagery, enabling this report to be as complete, accurate and informative as possible. The report is a free and essential resource for the press, the financial and leisure sectors, travel bloggers, educators, entertainment operators, investors and developers and park enthusiasts.

2013 TEA/AECOM Theme & Museum Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks, waterparks and museums in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2012 TEA/AECOM Theme Index & Museum Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks, waterparks and museums in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2011 TEA/AECOM Theme Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks and waterparks in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2010 TEA/AECOM Theme Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks, waterparks and museums in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2009 TEA/AECOM Theme Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks and waterparks in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2008 TEA/AECOM Theme Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks and waterparks in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2007 TEA/AECOM Theme Index (pdf file)

Annual attendance statistics for the top-attended theme parks and waterparks in the world - a joint publication of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM. Released in June of each year, covering the previous year. An authoritative reference depended on by the industry, international media, tourism sector and financial sector as well as theme park enthusiasts. Available free of charge.

2006 Theme Index TEA/ERA (pdf file)

Global attraction attendance report. The 2006 edition was the first collaboration between TEA and ERA (Economics Research Associates) to produce the Theme Index. After ERA was acquired by AECOM, the collaboration continued between TEA and the economics practice at AECOM.