Articles tagged “disney”

Disney Is Hiking Its Spending on Park Projects by Nearly $1 Billion

Disney Is Hiking Its Spending on Park Projects by Nearly $1 Billion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise five years ago is the deal that keeps on giving — and costing, given all the additional investment in store. The entertainment giant clearly sees a future full of big returns on that investment.

1 week ago

Disney-Universal Theme Park Wars Are Going to the Dogs

Disney-Universal Theme Park Wars Are Going to the Dogs

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Universal is working to get vacationers to spend more time at their hotels and parks, and they likely had an advantage with dog owners. It's smart for Disney to make some of its hotels dog-friendly — and we wonder what this trial will lead to.

1 month ago

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

Hannah Sampson, Skift

From water parks to overseas investment, theme park operators are coming up with new ways to grow their business. One common thread: Find brands that have a built-in customer base and use them to attract new visitors.

2 months ago

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney often sticks to its happiest-place-on-earth script, so it's refreshing to hear the CEO talk somewhat frankly about the forces disrupting all parts of his business — and how the company is responding.

2 months ago

Walt Disney World Characters Are Rebelling Against the Teamsters

Walt Disney World Characters Are Rebelling Against the Teamsters

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

"Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me." Well, Mickey Mouse, the Seven Dwarves, and many other Walt Disney World characters, who start at $10 an hour, may be fed up with their Teamsters union leadership. An opposition slate is forming to challenge the leadership of Local 385, which is highly influential in central Florida tourism and transportation.

3 months ago

Disney Isn’t Seeing Much Impact From Avatar Land Just Yet

Disney Isn’t Seeing Much Impact From Avatar Land Just Yet

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney has a strong lineup of coming attractions at its theme parks in the U.S., but we'd like to know how the newest addition is doing. Executives didn't provide much detail in a call with analysts Tuesday.

3 months ago

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney wowed everyone with this announcement. Now fans of the theme park company and Star Wars wait for the execution — and the price tag.

3 months ago

Disney’s Once-Futuristic Epcot Is Getting a Modern Overhaul

Disney’s Once-Futuristic Epcot Is Getting a Modern Overhaul

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Epcot, the theme park that once represented Walt Disney's vision of an experimental future, is about to get a transformation that will bring it more in line with the parent company's current strategy.

4 months ago

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

The world's biggest theme parks keep forcing each other to raise their games. Disney's announcement shows major updates in Orlando, which is no surprise given how much undeveloped land remains at the resort and the competition from other players.

4 months ago

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

The new Star Wars Lands will definitely make fans want to visit Disney's U.S. theme parks but making sure crowds don't ruin the experience is a challenge the company is struggling with.

4 months ago

Shanghai Disney Is Company’s First to Break Even After One Year

Shanghai Disney Is Company’s First to Break Even After One Year

Bloomberg

Who says China is a tough market? Disney is doing very well there although it has done so through a joint venture with a partner that knows the turf.

5 months ago

Disney Attendance Dips While Harry Potter Keeps Universal Soaring

Disney Attendance Dips While Harry Potter Keeps Universal Soaring

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney executives have said they don't mind sacrificing some attendance if they're still making good money. Both of these things happened last year — but the company is still working to drive numbers up in 2017 and the future.

6 months ago