Disney theme parks provide massive cash flow to the company

Posted Friday, July 18, 2014 8:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney‘s theme parks have generated stable cash flows for the company over the past few years. In 2013, theme parks generated revenues of $11.58 billion and EBITDA of close to $3.3 billion, representing margins of around 29%.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 8:49 AM

It's kind of surprising that their occupancy has actually gone down in the last five years, but the per-room spending is significantly up.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 11:49 AM

They've been listening to me. ;)

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Friday, July 18, 2014 2:08 PM

I was thinking that part of the decline might just be because they have a lot more rooms than they used to, but I'm assuming that they work the DVC rooms into that mix, and I have no idea if that's the case.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 4:40 PM

That DVC business must be huge, but frankly I can't imagine it. I've never considered any kind of time share or vacation club- it just seems like another bill on top of bills we already have. Plus, some years we feel like going to a fabulous place and some years we don't. We like to vacation, but we're not that serious about knowing exactly when and where we're going to be that far ahead.

But it must be working for somebody, but I wonder what average occupancy is. It seems all the deluxe resorts have or are getting huge DVC wings or towers. And they're lovely, we checked the one out at Grand Floridian and it couldn't have been nicer. It also seemed like we couldn't swing a cat there at Disney without hitting a DVC kiosk or counter. Some of the nicest cast member visits I had while we were there were with the DVC sales agents. The push seems to be on, of course, as those folks always turn the conversation into an opportunity, but they were some of the nicest and most knowledgeable people we met there.

I guess you don't make sales like that by being grouchy. But I bet for every visit they schedule they get a thousand no thank-yous. That's what makes a sales job like that tough and why burn out is so high.

If I had or could afford it I'd probably alternate between WDW, DL, and Aulani, of course. (even though I wish it was on Maui instead of Oahu)

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, July 18, 2014 4:47 PM
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Friday, July 18, 2014 11:44 PM

I think you can use some points on the cruise ships now, right? If we continue to have a cruise problem, that might be worth looking into.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:59 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

They've been listening to me. ;)

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Know your market.... ;~P

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:12 PM

"Want to know Disney's best kept secret?"

If the world were to plunge into complete chaos, I have enough of the DVC pamphlets to keep a fire going for the next 5 winters. I go to Disney often, but I don't go enough to join the DVC. It's a good idea for some, just not for me. Just depends on the guest.

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