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Apple Stores Get More Visitors Than Disneyland, Disneyworld Combined

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As announced on yesterday's Apple earnings call, more than 74.5 million people went to one of the 317 Apple stores around the world last year.

By comparison, about 17.2 million visited Disneyworld during the same period, and about 15.9 million visited Disneyland.



Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic has an interesting take on the numbers:

"Only a small percentage of them actually bought anything, but that's the point. Apple has managed to transform 'hanging out in their stores' into entertainment. Of course, kids have been loitering in malls for decades, but the Apple store experience is far more specific. It's about playing with all the neat Apple stuff.

"The crazy thing is that the company's reach and popularity mean that a big chunk of the world's rich youth are all experiencing the APPLE STORE TRIP together. I think it will be a cultural touchpoint for decades -- like the cinema of Fellini's Italy or the department store in turn-of-the-century America -- even if Apple wanes."

Besides, you never know when the guy inside the Mickey suit is gonna touch you in a weird way or give you an inappropriate glance--something that's never, to my knowledge, happened at an Apple Genius Bar.
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TAGS:  APPLE, DISNEY, STEVE JOBS, MICKEY MOUSE    SOURCE:   The Atlantic

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