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Attendance Continues to Grow at Walt Disney World While Other Parks Slip

Earlier this month The Walt Disney Company released its quarterly earnings report and, while the big news out of the company may have been the record-breaking performance of Avengers Endgame at the box office and Disney’s total takeover of the Hulu streaming service it looks like this most recent quarter was a good one for the Parks and Resorts division as well, especially for Walt Disney World, which is seeing boosts in attendance, revenue, and more! 

1. Attendance is up at Walt Disney World, but not at Disneyland

Though the impending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may have made some executives nervous that guests would hold off on a visit to Walt Disney World until later in the year Disney has gone on record in their most recent quarterly financial results (which ended on March 30, 2019) as saying that their attendance for the this period at Walt Disney World is up when compared with the same time in 2018. 

However, in an interesting development, Disney has not included Disneyland resort in its positive news, which is a change from the past few financial reports, which have grouped the two resorts together. And though it wasn’t explicitly said, this likely means that there has been a slowdown this quarter at the Anaheim resort. However, we’re pretty sure this won’t be a problem for too much longer, as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening at the Disneyland Resort in just a few days

2. Revenue is up yet again thanks to upcharge events and higher prices

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Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter increased 5% to $6.2 billion and segment operating income increased 15% to $1.5 billion

As you might expect given the higher traffic levels, this boosted revenue is coming from increased guest spending in the parks, as well as higher prices on food, hotel rooms, tickets, annual passes and more, proving yet again that no matter how much Disney hikes prices, guests will continue to pay, which will always translate into bigger profits.  

Disney CEO Bob Iger acknowledged during a conference call that their ever-increasing ticket prices aren’t just an effort to increase profits, saying “It’s not just about raising prices. It’s about being really smart with it”, going on to say that the idea is to spread guest levels out throughout the year with dynamic pricing so guests will be less likely to crowd the theme parks during the busiest times of the year. 

The only area where Disney noted that it is losing money in its financial results was with the ever-growing costs related to construction, as there are now over two dozen new attractions being worked on currently at Walt Disney World. 

3. More guests are staying on property at Walt Disney World

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In addition to the increased guest levels at Walt Disney World, it was revealed that guests visiting Lake Buena Vista are also overwhelmingly choosing to stay on property at the resort, as Walt Disney World’s total hotel occupancy rate went up during the most recent fiscal quarter as well. . 
Interestingly, Disney again did not include its Anaheim resort in its positive report, which likely means occupancy is down on the West Coast, at least for right now. But again, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge mere days away, the next financial report will likely see record numbers for occupancy at Disneyland, especially since a hotel stay is basically required for those wanting to see this new land during its first days. 

4. Shanghai Disneyland is stumbling, while Hong Kong Disneyland sees a boost. 

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Though last quarter saw some good news out of Shanghai Disneyland, this quarter saw lower attendance at this resort. And though revenue from this park is essentially flat thanks to higher average ticket prices, this is still a little bit of a disappointing result, especially as guest levels are on the rise at regional neighbor Hong Kong Disneyland