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5 Important Things We Learned About Disney's Theme Parks From its Latest Financial Results

4. Disney Vacation Club sales are slowing

Grand Floridian

Another area where Disney’s theme park division underperformed in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 was in Disney Vacation Club ownership sales, which were down overall from 2013. However, Disney added the caveat that the results from the fourth quarter of 2013 were anomalous due the start of sales for The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Could consumers be reacting to the bevy of issues that come with Disney Vacation Club membership? It's certainly possible, but Disney would really like us to believe that its more to do with timing and a stronger than usual 2013 than any negative effects. 

5. Parks in the US are doing better than international parks

Disneyland Paris

During the fourth fiscal quarter, Disney noted in its report that domestic parks performed much better than international ones. Disneyland Paris was highlighted as having a particularly disappointing quarter as it posted lower attendance overall despite having an increased marketing budget for the quarter. Elsewhere around the world, pre-opening expenses rose at Shanghai Disney Resort and a weaker yen hurt overall royalties from Tokyo Disney Resort, leading to lower profits overall. 

If there is one takeaway from the quarterly and annual fiscal year reports, its that things are going quite well at Walt Disney World. However, parks overseas seem to be struggling, and the Disneyland Resort was oddly absent from the report. Though the report did include some enlightening details, we'll have to wait for next year's TEA/AECOM attendance report to really get the full picture of the health of Disney's parks both in the US and around the world as compared to its rivals. 

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It goes to show how much more the government needs to spread the wealth in this country if this report is accurate. It is not an trip many American's can go to because of the cost. This must be disappointing news to progressives.

Are you kidding me? Is this communist China? Get off your @ss and work hard for a living. Then maybe you could afford to make the trip

Agreed! I'm a stay at home mom for a family of three married to the military. We aren't rich, but we go to Disney every year.

It goes to show how much more the government needs to spread the wealth in this country if this report is accurate. It is not an trip many American's can go to because of the cost. This must be disappointing news to progressives.

Kenny,
You should be ashamed to be a Texan/American with idiotic comments like that. Sounds like you don't like the idea of working hard and building something for yourself. This is a company that is self made by a man who had a vision. Get one for yourself and stop sniveling and thinking the government should be wiping your butt for the rest of your life.

I eat little kids uuummmmm

It says the parks are doing well... I don't think Kenny read the article. Just wanted to complain about the government. Hahaha

It says the parks are doing well... I don't think Kenny read the article. Just wanted to complain about the government. Hahaha

I don't think people know how much it actually cost to run a park like Disney, think what electricity cost are, cleaning the parks at night, refilling all the merchandise and food at night, all the cast members pay and even the upkeep of the rides all cost a lot of money. So if you think 15 billion is a lot of money then take all the money for upkeep and the magic you see every time you enter a park, it really turns out to be a smaller amount then what they show.

It says revenue. .... not profit. It costs a hell of a lot to run a park let alone all the Disney parks.

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