Disney Parks Bouncing Back – Posts $7.2 Billion Q1 Revenue

Disney Parks Revenue

Disney Theme Parks are clearly continuing to bounce back from pandemic-ridden times. The Walt Disney Company released its earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2022, which ended on January 1, 2022.

In the span of those three months, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products generated $7.2 billion in revenue, making this recorded its second-best quarter of all time! That is more than a 100% increase compared to the results released on January 2, 2021, which saw $3.588 billion in revenue.

Disney World Park Hopping

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Disney credits this increase to high volume and extended stays from Guests, the return of cruising, albeit at a limited capacity, an increase in Guests’ consumption of merchandise and food and beverage, and the introduction of Genie+ and Lightning Lane.

Disney stated,

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter increased to $7.2 billion compared to $3.6 billion in the prior-year quarter. Segment operating results increased by $2.6 billion to income of $2.5 billion compared to a loss of $0.1 billion in the prior-year quarter. Operating income for the quarter reflected increases at our parks and experiences businesses, partially offset by a decrease at our consumer products business.

Operating income growth at our domestic parks and experiences was due to higher volumes and, to a lesser extent, increased guest spending, partially offset by higher costs. Higher volumes were due to increases in attendance, occupied room nights and cruise ship sailings. Cruise ships operated at reduced capacities in the current quarter while sailings were suspended in the prior-year quarter. Guest spending growth was due to an increase in average per capita ticket revenue, higher average daily hotel room rates and an increase in food, beverage and merchandise spending. The increase in average per capita ticket revenue was due to attendance mix and the introduction of Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Higher costs were due to an increase in operating costs, due to volume growth, and higher marketing spending. Our domestic parks and resorts were open for the entire current quarter, whereas Disneyland Resort was closed for all of the prior-year quarter, and Walt Disney World Resort operated at reduced capacity due to mandatory COVID-19 restrictions. 

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Looking back at Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s holiday attendance, it is no surprise to this reporter that such a financial feat was met. As 2021 went by, a combination of a better understanding of COVID-19, an increase in vaccinations, and people’s frustration with restrictions led to an increase in travel–especially to low-restriction states like Florida. The Disneyland Resort also finally reopened for Guests eager to get back to the Magic.

But it is clear that a key factor in this massive increase is to do with Disney Magic returning to every Theme Park: Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney‘s Animal Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park, Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySEA), Shanghai Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Disney World‘s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park were also open, as well as the resorts’ shopping and dining centers like Disney Springs, and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris Resort.

Mickey Mouse

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Guests may be complaining about lines and crowds, but for the Walt Disney Company, its shareholders, and any Disney fan who loves seeing people finally getting back to the Magic, this report is wonderful news.

With setbacks like Hong Kong Disneyland Resort suffering another closure, it will be interesting to see if The Walt Disney Company can pull off another incredible result in Q2.

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About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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