Walt Disney World outperformed the Disneyland Resort between October and December 2010, with overall attendance at Disney's US parks rising by 2 percent compared to a year earlier.
Disney's Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo revealed that attendance was "slightly" down at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure over the Halloween and Christmas periods, implying that the overall attendance increase was down to improved performance at Walt Disney World. The situation is the reverse of the summer period, which saw the Disneyland Resort perform the better of the two.
The company no longer reports separate attendance figures for its US resorts, instead posting an amalgamated figure. Across all of Disney's US parks visitors spent 8 percent more money than last year, with hotel stays increasing by 4 percent.
No reason was given by Rasulo for Disneyland's attendance dip, although a spate of rainy weather may have contributed to it. He attributed the overall attendance increase to a range of new vacation offerings, as well as a renewed interest in travel and pricing.
The improved performance at Walt Disney World will help relieve fears that the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at nearby Universal Orlando would have a negative impact on the resort. Instead, Disney says that its parks are actually benefitting from an overall increase in visitors numbers to the region as a result.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts managed its first quarterly profit growth in two-and-a-half years, with an increase of 25 percent. The $468 million profit contributed to an overall quarterly profit of some $1.3 billion for Disney.