The Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter and Six Month Earnings for Fiscal 2014 Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter and Six Month Earnings for Fiscal 2014

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The Walt Disney Company today reported record earnings for the second quarter.

Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 8% to $3.6 billion and segment operating income increased 19% to $457 million. Results for the quarter include an unfavorable impact due to a shift in the timing of the Easter holiday relative to our fiscal periods.

Higher operating income was due to growth at the domestic parks and resorts driven by increased guest spending at Walt Disney World Resort, higher attendance at Disneyland Resort and increased occupied room nights at both resorts. Higher guest spending was due to higher average ticket prices and food, beverage and merchandise spending. These increases were partially offset by higher costs which were driven by spending on MyMagic+ and labor and other cost inflation, partially offset by lower pension and postretirement medical costs.

Operating income at the international parks and resorts was comparable to the prior-year quarter as increased guest spending and attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was largely offset by lower guest spending and attendance at Disneyland Paris.

“We’re extremely pleased with our results this quarter, delivering double-digit increases in operating income across all of our businesses and the highest quarterly earnings per share in the history of the Company,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “Our continued strong performance reflects the strength of our brands, the quality of our content, and our unique ability to leverage creative success across the entire Company to drive value.”

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