The Most Disney-Crazy Cities
The days of Mickey Mouse aren’t over at age 15. People across America travel to Disney World long after their childhoods end. The world’s most visited entertainment resort, Disney World sees millions of visitors every year. According to the Disney World corporate website, guests consume 13 million bottles of water, 10 million hamburgers, 6 million hot dogs, 9 million pounds of French fries and more than 300,000 pounds of popcorn each year at this magical wonderland.
Here at Bundle, we wanted to know which cities and states are the most Disney-crazy. Not only did we find out who visits Disney World the most, we also computed how much they spend. To do this, we examined spending by US households at Disney World and its surrounding vicinity (all merchants within zip code 32830) as compared to the national average.
Unsurprisingly, Florida spends the most time and money in Disney World. However, because of its cities’ proximity to Disney World, it’s at an advantage to win the first-place Disney Crazy award. Orlando, Fl residents spend 1.5 times the average Disney visitor, but they do so over 8.3 times as many visits.
While Tacoma, Washington residents spend 1.6 times the average Disney visitor, they are almost 60 percent less likely to visit compared to other states. Because Tacoma is across the country, the trip to Disney World is not as desirable compared to living in Orlando, Fl, just a short carride away. Keep in mind that West Coasters also have the convenience of Disney Land, located in California. Ironically, Fresno, Ca, while visiting Disney World more than 70 percent less frequently than other cities, spend 1.25 times the national average when they do visit. Who would have thought that of all cities, a small city in California would be so Disney-Spend Crazy?
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As you’ll see in the infographic below, the east side of the country visits Disney World far more often than the mid-west and west coast. Interestingly enough, residents of Austin, Tx aren’t big Disney lovers, but when they do visit, they spend a decent amount -- 1.12 times the average spend. Another city that came out of the woodwork was Knoxville, Tn, which visits Disney frequently -- 116 percent of the national average -- and spends 1.25 times as much as an average Disney spender when they’re there.
State-wise, Florida cities dominate the top 10 and you would have to go to #16 on our list just to see a non-Florida city (Marietta, GA). Bringing it to the west side of the country, Hawaii visitors have only 42% of the average visitor rate, but spend 1.25 times the amount as other cities when they’re there. Floridians, while they visit almost 4 times as much as any other state, spend a little above average (1.06x avg spend).
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