Is Disney Hiding Poor Park Attendance Statistics?

Disney may have just surpassed 100 million fans on Facebook, but according to the OC Register, they've also stopped releasing attendance statistics of its Anaheim and Orlando theme parks. And–really!–you might want to care about this: Disney is a vital component to the local economy, as it is the largest private business in Orange County.

Instead, Disney has opted to offer national attendance averages–which might just be a way of disguising poor turnout at their Orlando parks, thanks in part to that pesky new Harry Potter section of Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park.

Both the OC Register and The Orlando Sentinel are reporting today that Disneyland has outperformed Disney World this past summer:

Disney officials tell the Orange County Register that attendance at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., fared “modestly better” during the company's fiscal fourth quarter than the overall 1 percent gain that the Walt Disney Co. recently reported for its two U.S. resorts combined.

The Disneyland disclosure comes a little more than a week after Disney told the Orlando Sentinel that Disney World attendance was “within a percentage point of last year during the quarter which ran from July 4 to Oct. 2.

Disney, of course, denies any sort of camouflaging of their attendance statistics, insisting that it was simply a company decision to stop releasing such info to the public.

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