When taking a peak-season trip to any of Disney’s 11 theme parks worldwide, you might think you’re in one of the most crowded places on Earth. But according to TheAtlantic.com’s analysis of Apple’s recent earnings call, the foot traffic throughout Apple’s retail stores worldwide in the last quarter far exceeded that of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland combined.
Walt Disney World’s four theme parks received a total of 47.5 million visitors in 2009 and Disneyland’s two parks received a total of 22 million guests. The combined total of 69.5 million guests falls 3 million short of Apple’s retail record-breaking foot traffic of 72.5 million visitors.
Apple’s total does come from 317 different locations across the world, but it’s still an impressive feat for a retail chain to top the attendance of two of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. Of course, if you add in all of Disney’s theme parks, you reach a staggering 112.5 million visitors in 2009! Apple’s not quite there… yet.
But it’s all good news for Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs (pictured above in an AP photo alongside Disney CEO Bob Iger and Pixar’s Ed Catmull and John Lasseter). Jobs holds the positions of CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar (owned by Disney since 2006) as well as majority shareholder and board member for The Walt Disney Company.