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Big Changes and Price Increases Now Announced by the Walt Disney Company

Big Changes and Price Increases Now Announced by the Walt Disney Company

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Big changes and price increases are planned before the end of this year. Find out what changes we can expect and when.

Second Quarters Earnings Call

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Bob Iger returned as Disney CEO back in November 2022. Many were hopeful that many issues would be addressed with the return of Bob Iger. Be sure to check out Bob Iger’s big plans for the Disney Parks this year HERE.

Today during the Second Quarter Earnings call, Iger address big changes coming to Disney+ and the overall performance of the Disney Parks.

Disney+ Subscribers

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During the First Quarter Earnings Call, Disney+ subscription had taken a loss. It appears this downward slope continues for the streaming service. For the Second Quarter Earnings, Disney+ lost 4 million subscribers. This decline is largely seen in overseas streaming services from Disney Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar lost 4.6 million subscribers.

In the United States and Canada Disney+ lost only about 300,000 subscribers. At the end of this quarter, Disney+ has 157.8 million subscribers.

Disney CFO, Christine McCarthy shares, “We will be removing certain content from our streaming platforms.” Not only will they be removing current content, but McCarthy shares, “We intend to produce lower volumes of content in alignment with this strategic shift.”

“We intend to produce lower volumes of content in alignment with this strategic shift.”

Christine McCarthy

Disney+ Price Increasing

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Disney+ will increase the price of the ad-free subscription tier. Currently, this price is $11 a month or $110 for a year. By the end of the calendar year, this price will increase according to Iger.

This is in an effort to encourage more subscribers to switch to the streaming service with ads. This streaming tier may see a small increase in price or no increase at all according to Iger.

Disney+ will increase the price of the ad-free subscription tier by the end of this year.

Big Improvement

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One positive improvement announced is planned for the Disney+ app. Disney will soon offer a “one-app experience to offer Hulu content within the Disney+ app. Subscribers can expect this change by the end of 2023.

Iger believes this will offer more unified streaming for subscribers.

Theme Park Performance

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Iger shares “Results at our domestic parks and resorts were slightly unfavorable to the prior year quarter, as a decrease at Walt Disney World was largely offset by growth at Disneyland Resort.”

Walt Disney World’s revenue was slightly down from revenue earnings during the second quarter of 2022, but this is still up 50% over 2019 earnings.

International Parks saw a great financial increase with Disneyland Paris and the success of the Avengers Campus and Shanghai Disneyland is hopeful with the near completion of the Zootopia expansion

Biggest Reason for Park Success

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Iger shares that they are making big changes in the Disney Parks. Earlier this week we shared many of these positive changes including the return of the dining plan, big changes for Disney Genie+, and Park Pass Reservations.

These big changes are largely due to the Walt Disney Company listening to the guests.

What do you think of these big changes with Diseny+? What content do you think they will remove from Disney+? Do you think decreasing new content will be an issue in the future? Share your thoughts with us in the comments and share this news with a fellow Disney pal.

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Rose Strom

Friday 12th of May 2023

Walt's vision was to have a magical park for the entire family to enjoy. Through the years we lost that, because Disney became a corporation, it's all about money. Unless you're independently wealthy, a family of four cannot afford to take their children to it's all a DREAM for those not so fortunate.

Michael S Forste

Friday 12th of May 2023

Disney gone astray for years , so to recoup for bad business decisions I'd to raise prices sounds like more bad decisions on the way , Disney has become a turd now it's becoming a turd with nuts in it


Friday 12th of May 2023

The company will be fixing Chapek's screw up for years. Too bad they didn't have a financial claw back clause in his contract. His performance was borderline negligent.


Friday 12th of May 2023

Yes what a bunch of fluff. The parks are dirtier than ever, the reservation system is BS as lines are generally worse as now they constantly push "lightning lane" people in front of you which is very annoying when you've stood in line for 45 minutes already. The fact they make you pay to get on rides after you paid to get in is ridiculous. How about getting service back to the old levels, cleaning your park so I'm not stepping on trash in a ride car, and treating your staff members better so they enjoy their work experience?

Cindy Brown

Friday 12th of May 2023

I think the WDW company should truly stick to Walt Disney's true values. There is no way he would have let his cast members brag about pushing non traditional gender rolls on little children. He was a father and grandfather. A cast member was cought on camera bragging about what she sneaks him to put in front of our children. They are innocent. As parents, we need to keep that innocence as long as we can. We don't need it pushed by someone who has no right to my child

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