Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening

Earlier this week The Walt Disney Company issued its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  Included in the disclosure were opening details for several highly-anticipated theme park additions.

Pandora Concept Artwork

Pandora - The World of Avatar concept art

For the period ending December 31, 2016, Disney reported a 6% increase in domestic theme park revenue with totals rising to $4.6 billion.  However, overall attendance fell by 5% combined at Disneyland and Walt Disney World with higher ticket prices, room rates and other fees accounting for the revenue increase.  

Hurricane Matthew was blamed for nearly all of the attendance decrease. Walt Disney World closed its parks for more than a day in anticipation of the storm.  Travel along the eastern seaboard was also disrupted for an extended period.  Overall, Disney attributed $70 million in expenses and lost revenue at Walt Disney World to the storm.

Additionally, Disney's Vero Beach Resort was lightly impacted by the storm while Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort was forced to close for nearly a month.  

During the earnings call, Disney Chairman & CEO Bob Iger announced that Pandora - The World of Avatar will have its grand opening on May 27, 2017. The elaborate expansion to the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park was first announced in September 2011.  The land will reportedly include at least two attractions--a flight simulator and a boat ride--along with themed dining and shopping venues.  

The park's other elaborate addition--the oft-delayed Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular--is scheduled to begin regular performances effective February 17, 2017.  

Iger also revealed that Star Wars expansions at both Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios are currently slated to open in 2019.  

Reader Comments
Re: Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening -- denlo
2017 Feb 09 01:05:10 PM
Thanks for the heads up about the Rivers of Light starting up. We will be there the end of March and early April. So I added a FP+ for Rivers of Light. Only one show time was available to book, which starts at 8:45 PM.

I am looking forward to seeing Pandora. We will be back to WDW in December. All the kinks should be worked out by then.
Re: Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening -- kazrak
2017 Feb 09 02:56:41 PM
denlo wrote:
Thanks for the heads up about the Rivers of Light starting up. We will be there the end of March and early April. So I added a FP+ for Rivers of Light. Only one show time was available to book, which starts at 8:45 PM.

I am looking forward to seeing Pandora. We will be back to WDW in December. All the kinks should be worked out by then.

Yeah, this just threw off my plans for my little mini-trip for the Dark Side Half. I had been planning on MK/Wishes for the afternoon/evening after the race, but it looks like I'll be doing DAK/RoL instead. Fortunately, FP+ hasn't opened up yet for that trip.

Unless we do another Commando Run like this, I don't expect us to get back to WDW until January 2019.
Re: Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening -- Ensusieasm
2017 Feb 09 04:41:00 PM
kazrak wrote:
Yeah, this just threw off my plans for my little mini-trip for the Dark Side Half. I had been planning on MK/Wishes for the afternoon/evening after the race, but it looks like I'll be doing DAK/RoL instead. Fortunately, FP+ hasn't opened up yet for that trip.

Unless we do another Commando Run like this, I don't expect us to get back to WDW until January 2019.
Such a tough choice to make now that Wishes is going away in May.
Re: Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening -- kazrak
2017 Feb 09 04:47:27 PM
Ensusieasm wrote:
Such a tough choice to make now that Wishes is going away in May.

Much as I like Wishes, I've seen enough of the fireworks shows that I'm willing to trade it for something new. (And Illuminations on my other night there is non-negotiable.)
Re: Disney 1Q Earnings; Pandora Opening -- worldfanatic
2017 Feb 09 09:25:33 PM
kazrak wrote:
I've seen enough of the fireworks shows that I'm willing to trade it for something new. (And Illuminations on my other night there is non-negotiable.)

HaHa......I feel the same way.
A WDW vacation without seeing Illuminations is completely unacceptable.

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