May 24, 5:44 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Rick Munarriz 05/24/19 AT 5:30 AM Things are heating up in Central Florida’s never-ending theme park war. Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Orlando will open its biggest attraction in nearly five years — a Harry Potter-themed roller coaster — on June 13. Two months later, Disney (NYSE:DIS) will debut its most ambitious expansion in two decades with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Momentum matters as we head into the peak summer travel season, and on that front, we got a taste of how things played out last year when Themed Entertainment Association put out its annual attendance report for 2018 on Wednesday. Disney smoked Comcast on a worldwide basis. Disney’s global collection of theme parks saw its turnstile clicks climb 4.9% to an estimated 157.3 million guests last year. Comcast’s Universal Studios attractions rose at a more modest 1.2% clip to entertain 50.1 million visitors.Things weren’t so bad for Comcast in Florida, as its global results were weighed down by a sizable decline at Universal Studios Japan. Disney’s results were actually padded by the success it had last year at its Asian parks. However, even if we focus on the Sunshine State, we see that Disney’s four parks… Read full this story
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