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Walt Disney World attendance down, film division revenue up according to new Disney earnings report

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Walt Disney World

According to the latest earnings report from Disney, Walt Disney World saw fewer people visit the resort from January through March compared to last year. You can check out all of the earnings information in the official report.

Here are the stats that stood out:

  • Disney reports Walt Disney World attendance was down between January and March
  • Park revenue is up due to higher ticket prices, higher food and beverage spending and higher room rates
  • Film division revenue up 22 percent for the quarter

It’s also noted that the theme park also suffered from lower operating income at all of their international parks. This is partly due to pre-opening expenditures for the Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

It was reported that revenue is definitely up for this quarter as compared to last year, but that is apparently largely due to growth in guest spending. This includes hikes in ticket prices, food prices, and higher room rates. It is worth noting that their film division continues to be on rise, with revenue for the quarter up 22 percent to $2.1 billion. The largest contributors for this boost were Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Zootopia.

What do you think of these numbers? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Comments

  1. Not too surprising that attendance is down in Q1. I’d guess a lot of people are planning trips later in the year after some of the new stuff opens.

  2. Dawn

    Not surprised that the attendance is down in the 1st Quarter..
    But Disney is making it impossible for people to keep going like myself every year!! Because of raising the ticket and food prices.. I went 13 years since my daughter was born but now Disney is making it impossible to afford the trip.. Stop getting greedy Disney please..

  3. Flip

    The prices are getting ridiculous but it was Fast Pass + that finally did us in. After years of fun Disney trips, all the scheduling and having to “lock” in our plans months in advance wasn’t fun at all. Running around the parks with an itinerary sucks. This year everyone just wants to go to Universal, newer/better rides, and a much more relaxing vacation. The way it used to be at Disney. I think they really screwed up not having star wars land ready for the new movies that are coming out. It will be another 10 years before they finish it and the hype will be long gone. Blame it on Brazil, terrorists, whatever you can find to shift the blame but it really is due to bad management. No surprise Stags bailed.

  4. GeeGee

    Glad to see someone else mention FastPass+. It is NOT fun stressing about getting a pass months in advance. A family with children (one of the main target consumers!) does not run on a perfect schedule. While it may help disney drive guests here and there, it ruins it as a vacationer. What happens when we pass a ride the kids decide they want to go on and we have to say, “oh, sorry, we have a fast pass for something else.” And, they are treating us like we’re stupid by offering fast passes for things we all know you’d never need.
    We have gone to Disney EVERY year of my life. But after the last trip in 2013 dealing with the intense scheduling and spending hours online each night trying to secure the rides and food the kids want rather than relaxing, we’re done. Yes, Universal was no Disney, but we went there instead and it was low-key, no-stress, included times to sit around and look at the park or let the kids play in dinoland, and we could change our mind on a whim… i.e. what vacations are meant to be. Please dump this uber-anal planning strategy, Disney. We’d love to come back.

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