USJ attracts record visitors in FY 2015, Disney parks see slight fall


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20:30 1 April 2016

OSAKA, April 1, Kyodo

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka attracted some 13.9 million visitors in fiscal 2015 that ended Thursday, setting a record high for the second consecutive year thanks to the popularity of its “Harry Potter” attraction area, operator USJ Co. said Friday.

The continued popularity of the attraction area based on the “Harry Potter” film series that opened in 2014 and limited-time events like Halloween contributed to the latest figure surpassing the previous record of 12.7 million set the year before.

An attraction featuring the Japanese manga-turned-anime “Attack on Titan” also helped boost visitor numbers. A roller coaster based on the “Jurassic Park” film series began operating last month.

The number of foreign visitors to USJ in western Japan jumped 80 percent to 1.4 million in fiscal 2015. USJ raised entrance fees in February, but the theme park operator said it has seen little effect on the number of visitors.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea amusement parks saw visitor numbers drop from the previous year for the first time in four years.

The parks drew a total of 30.19 million visitors in fiscal 2015, the third highest on record but down 3.8 percent from the year before, which saw a record high, their operator Oriental Land Co. said Friday.

The Disney parks marked a record number of visitors in fiscal 2014 thanks to popular events featuring the hit Disney movie “Frozen,” and the second-highest number in fiscal 2013 when a series of events commemorating Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary were held.

The Disney parks raised ticket prices on Friday for the third consecutive year.

==Kyodo

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