On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

MerlinTheGoat

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What about what @MerlinTheGoat said about Chapek and Iger fighting over whether or not to change it, with Chapek winning, and Chapek not wanting to change it?
I wasn't the source of this claim FYI. I am not nor have I ever claimed to be an insider. The claim that the Splash Mtn overhaul had been canned and that there was a war between Iger and Chapek over it It was initially reported by WDW Pro in the Red Button thread. Pro also having broken the story about the PATF overhaul in the first place. Pheneix also stated the project (at least at WDW) was likely canned. As of two hours ago, pheneix said he still stands by this claim.

 

Brer Panther

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I wasn't the source of this claim FYI. I am not nor have I ever claimed to be an insider. The claim that the Splash Mtn overhaul had been canned and that there was a war between Iger and Chapek over it It was initially reported by WDW Pro in the Red Button thread. Pro also having broken the story about the PATF overhaul in the first place. Pheneix also stated the project (at least at WDW) was likely canned. As of two hours ago, pheneix said he still stands by this claim.

Sorry, I knew it was Pheneix who brought that up, I think I just couldn't remember how to spell his name. My apologies to both of you!
 

The Mom

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BTW, if anyone is naive enough to think they are getting inside stock information from a WDW fansite, and act on it, they deserve anything they get. Anyone who thinks the SEC would consider what is being said on a WDW fan forum as "real" insider information that could affect company stock is also pretty naive. Take all rumors stated here with a grain of salt - or a whole salt shaker.
 

MisterPenguin

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Premium Member
Basically the parks are screwed

No, they're not. Disney, as a whole, can keep them afloat until FL and CA stop being hotspots.


and they expect Disney + to keep them afloat?

No, because D+ is still losing money because of investment in infrastructure and creating content. It was planned to become profitable in four (I think) years, but, it is way ahead of schedule towards the goal of profitability. Disney's other operating segments are keeping D+ afloat.


Lolol, The Disney bubble will burst.

The operating segments of Disney made $1 Billion this quarter instead of the usual $4 Billion. And they have $23 Billion in cash on hand.

Don't know where you're getting your information from, but I suggest you find wherever these ideas have come from and make a mental note never to rely on them for information again, because they're leading you astray.


Kind of makes no sense like how my local Mall Store is closed but the outlet disney store is open. That’s Disney for you.

So you see Disney continuing to operate a profit center, but you single them out for collapsing? That makes no sense at all.
 

Ldno

Active Member
BTW, if anyone is naive enough to think they are getting inside stock information from a WDW fansite, and act on it, they deserve anything they get. Anyone who thinks the SEC would consider what is being said on a WDW fan forum as "real" insider information that could affect company stock is also pretty naive. Take all rumors stated here with a grain of salt - or a whole salt shaker.
The very words I live by, everything on the internet is entertainmenT. LOLOL
 

Ldno

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No, they're not. Disney, as a whole, can keep them afloat until FL and CA stop being hotspots.






No, because D+ is still losing money because of investment in infrastructure and creating content. It was planned to become profitable in four (I think) years, but, it is way ahead of schedule towards the goal of profitability. Disney's other operating segments are keeping D+ afloat.




The operating segments of Disney made $1 Billion this quarter instead of the usual $4 Billion. And they have $23 Billion in cash on hand.

Don't know where you're getting your information from, but I suggest you find wherever these ideas have come from and make a mental note never to rely on them for information again, because they're leading you astray.




So you see Disney continuing to operate a profit center, but you single them out for collapsing? That makes no sense at all.
They have been predictions about a vaccine for COVID due in September, but more than likely it will not be available to the public until March or April of 2021 as much as I wanted to go next year, and being laid off from work and surviving with unemployment benefits, I cannot, as a middle class disney fanatic that could go with my family every year, I personally would hate to miss out on the 50th anniversary of WDW. Even if it stops being a hotSpot, people will just stop prioritizing vacations all together just like myself. Disney is a luxury I cannot afford to take.

Honestly lets say if Mulan takes off with a strong hit even with the aformentioned 30 price tag, it might help them to an extent, but knowing them if that’s the case the asking price for Black Widow and release window will be around October/November. A typical Hollywood movie loses 30-50 million bucks on marketing fees along just to push a movie’s release date further, at this rate it’s VOD or bust. It sucks seeing movie theaters closed and will suck even more knowing that they won’t be at full capacity either way when they open. Disney is straight up cutting up the middle man with Mulan on D+, they will keep 100% of the profits.

Not really getting my ideas from anywhere, just speculating, no one thought Disney, the biggest Hollywood powerhouse In the history of film and entertainment would have been affected by a pandemic, but like cyber security and any other business we live in a reactive society, we don’t do anything until it happens. I wasn’t to single them out but seriously, why can’t I head to a Disney store in the mall with a customer readily available to purchase goods, but the only disney fix I can get is old goods from parks only found in the outlets? Lego is on the same boat, Legoland downtown is open(lego franchise) but the ”actual” Lego store on the mall is closed.

As I walked by the Apple store I saw something horrific, the whole store was wiped from any idevices on the floor, felt like a skeleton of an apple store. Disney better start selling park merch on their shopdisney site.
 

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M:SpilotISTC12

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BTW, if anyone is naive enough to think they are getting inside stock information from a WDW fansite, and act on it, they deserve anything they get. Anyone who thinks the SEC would consider what is being said on a WDW fan forum as "real" insider information that could affect company stock is also pretty naive. Take all rumors stated here with a grain of salt - or a whole salt shaker.

So everything I read on the internet isn't fact? There are no singles in my area? I won't become a millionaire after I wire transferred a bunch of money to the Nigerian prince? Uh oh...
 

EricsBiscuit

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Well if this is 2004 all over again... now is the time to buy Disney stock! Holy cow it has had a great run since Iger became CEO. This is a resoundingly successful quarter all things considered.
 

TJ Vazquez

Premium Member
In the Parks
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Basically the parks are screwed and they expect Disney + to keep them afloat? Lolol, The Disney bubble will burst. Kind of makes no sense like how my local Mall Store is closed but the outlet disney store is open. That’s Disney for you.
Why are you here then?
 

mikejs78

Premium Member
They posted an 85% loss in theme park revenue and can’t release movies to theaters, and we’re supposed to pretend everything is okay? Come on, people. I have a bridge I can sell you.

I agree the sky isn’t falling, but very few people suggested that.

The OP did.

The data says otherwise. You're clearly misinformed.

Source please?

National Parks can also fall under the self quarantine restrictions if you travel out of state in the Northeast.

Right, but National parks tend to be a regional thing. As most national parks are out west, I'd guess that a lot of that demand is being driven by locals who aren't travelling far. It's similar to what we are seeing here in MA - vacations to Cape Cod are skyrocketing from local residents, even as out of state visitors are way down.

For WDW, much of their attendance is either international or driven from the eastern part of the U.S. And since a) international travel is completely closed off, b) people aren't travelling in general, and c) The northeast, which represents a pretty significant portion of Disney vacationers, and d) Florida quickly became the epicenter of the pandemic, any one of those things are plausibly contributors to why people aren't visiting wdw right now. To say "it's because people don't want to wear masks" is projecting your own opinion, without evidence to back it up, and is likely one factor among many - to what extent we don't know.

no one thought Disney, the biggest Hollywood powerhouse In the history of film and entertainment would have been affected by a pandemic,

No one thought we'd ever have a situation where we had to shut the whole country down. Again, this isn't a Disney problem, this is an every business in the world problem.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
They have been predictions about a vaccine for COVID due in September, but more than likely it will not be available to the public until March or April of 2021 as much as I wanted to go next year, and being laid off from work and surviving with unemployment benefits, I cannot, as a middle class disney fanatic that could go with my family every year, I personally would hate to miss out on the 50th anniversary of WDW. Even if it stops being a hotSpot, people will just stop prioritizing vacations all together just like myself. Disney is a luxury I cannot afford to take.

Honestly lets say if Mulan takes off with a strong hit even with the aformentioned 30 price tag, it might help them to an extent, but knowing them if that’s the case the asking price for Black Widow and release window will be around October/November. A typical Hollywood movie loses 30-50 million bucks on marketing fees along just to push a movie’s release date further, at this rate it’s VOD or bust. It sucks seeing movie theaters closed and will suck even more knowing that they won’t be at full capacity either way when they open. Disney is straight up cutting up the middle man with Mulan on D+, they will keep 100% of the profits.

Not really getting my ideas from anywhere, just speculating, no one thought Disney, the biggest Hollywood powerhouse In the history of film and entertainment would have been affected by a pandemic, but like cyber security and any other business we live in a reactive society, we don’t do anything until it happens. I wasn’t to single them out but seriously, why can’t I head to a Disney store in the mall with a customer readily available to purchase goods, but the only disney fix I can get is old goods from parks only found in the outlets? Lego is on the same boat, Legoland downtown is open(lego franchise) but the ”actual” Lego store on the mall is closed.

As I walked by the Apple store I saw something horrific, the whole store was wiped from any idevices on the floor, felt like a skeleton of an apple store. Disney better start selling park merch on their shopdisney site.

So, you ignore all the things you previously stated which I pointed out was wrong, only to reply with more musings. OK. Good evening.
 

TheVisionarySoul

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Source please?
Besides my many friends that work in National Parks across the country, you can look at this National Geographic article:


But in all seriousness, I've seen numbers that won't come out until next year. It's a big year for the national parks that are open, and the visitors aren't all locals. The great American Road Trip has returned... just COVID-style. We did the same thing after 9/11. Many parks have had to institute reservation systems to keep social distancing in place to meet demand, but none of them require masks when outdoors.
 

DDLand

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Exactly On the last quarters call, Iger introduced Chapek, and then Chapek ran the rest of the call. One could even say he handed these calls off to Chapek.. Why anyone is reading into him not being there this time is beyond me. He's no longer the CEO.


I got it. 🙂


Could anyone have imagined a pandemic virus that shut down most of the world for several months, and is still with us, causing us to have debates on whether or not children should even be in school, having to wear face masks everywhere, dealing with things such as social distancing? This is a global problem affecting everyone. Not just TWDC. Not just parks and resorts.




The "same leeway" is being granted to all COVID-affected businesses. It's not all pixie dust in Burbank right now to be sure, but Wall Street will be happy with Disney as long as Disney appears to be doing a good job weathering the storm, whether or not Parks, experiences and consumer products turns a profit right now. We are in unprecedented times, and expectations are adjusted accordingly.



I don't think that's it at all. it's more about the fact that Florida is going through an outbreak right now, and many people are required to self quarantine for 14 days if they come back from Florida. I know several people personally who postponed trips just because of that rule. Sure, I think there are some people who don't want to wear a mask. But I think there's a whole swath of people who just don't want to be in Florida right now. As they said on the call, initial bookings were high, but then they received a lot of cancellations as Florida's outbreak occurred.
What? From my original post:
I could not have foreseen that the crises that Disney would face would come so soon and so destructively. It also would be FAR outside Disney’s control.
I also didn’t imply it was only the mask’s fault. Also from my original post:
Whether you believe it’s rationale or not, people are scared or not interested in wearing a mask.
DPEP’s collapse was pretty much unavoidable. That’s not Chapek’s fault. Though our new CEO’s decisions are not completely without error. The decision to reopen was Chapek’s. I’m not at all convinced that reopening was wise. This rocky environment will remain going forward. Guests are scared of the virus and/or don’t want to wear masks. I also would probably add economic issues are at play too. To make matters worse, many people believe that Disney’s reopening is straight up immoral. Never have millions of Disney customers believed that Walt Disney World was harmful to society. This could cause lasting brand damage. I’m also extremely concerned Walt Disney World could be forced to shutdown again. That would be wildly expensive and destructive.

Even if the best case scenario occurs, Walt Disney World will suffer. Thinkwell Group (the design firm behind the world famous Harry Potter studio experience in England) put out a paper on what a “socially distant” theme park would look like. It wasn’t pretty...

“From a simple space planning perspective focusing on the physical distancing recommendations, the theme park circulation will have to increase 100%, the retail by 180%, food service by 150%, and attraction areas from 150-200%. These factors, applied to the entire theme park property, result in a 110 acre (44.5 Ha) theme park growing to over 200 acres (89 Ha) to accommodate the same daily attendance.”


Walt Disney World and Disneyland are not designed for this!

Extreme budget cuts will be necessary to get DPEP back to profitability. If you think Chapek is fine with a $2 Billion a quarter loss then you don’t know Disney. They will claw back the money... Often with a recklessness that proves shortsighted.


They posted an 85% loss in theme park revenue and can’t release movies to theaters, and we’re supposed to pretend everything is okay? Come on, people. I have a bridge I can sell you.

I agree the sky isn’t falling, but very few people suggested that.
Yes and no. DPEP and the Studios were ugly. But coming out of the earnings we now know that the company was cashflow positive. That’s all the company needs. Most of the investors are excitedly looking towards Disney+’s rise to dominance. The worry was the collapse in Disney’s business would leave them in a compromised position. Disney has now accumulated enough cash to last indefinitely. Not only that, the company’s operations added liquidity to the balance sheet. Disney is not going anywhere, and Disney+ is safe. So investors can take peace in that fact. But like you point out... This is disastrous for DPEP.
 
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