Heck, Merlin would be over the moon if Thorpe could pull those 1.7 million visitors. For a Disney park that's been on reduced capacity and strictly limited to locals, those are good numbers.Visitor numbers were down 70% to 1.7 million, which clearly isn't good. However, considering there are no tourists here and the park has only been open for 40% of the time (with reduced capacity), that's very good in terms of local visitors. 1.7 million would look decent for most parks, but it's clearly not going to be anywhere near enough for Disney. Local attendance was up 46% per day in the first half of the year, but without the international visitors, it's just not enough.
Hopefully, once the new Frozen area opens, they will boost attendance dramatically.