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Walt Disney World attendance continues to rise as capacity is cut during peak times

Disney have been holding their Q1 2023 earnings call today, and the good news for Orlando tourism is that attendance levels are on the up at Walt Disney World Resort.


In the earnings call this afternoon, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy talked about attendance levels at the Disney theme parks. and noted that attendance this year at Walt Disney World

is outpacing attendance from last year.


Walt Disney World Cinderella's Castle Magic Kingdom

McCarthy said "significant revenue and operating income growth in the quarter was achieved despite purposefully reducing capacity during select peak holiday periods by approximately 20% versus pre-pandemic levels in order to prioritized the guest experience."


She continued "Per capita guest spending our domestic parks also showed strong growth. Quarter to date park attendance at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland resort are pacing above prior year. And based on reservation bookings, we expect to see this trend continue."


It's interesting to note that while Disney CFO Christine McCarthy announced overall attendance levels are up at Walt Disney World. she revealed that the capacity during peak holiday times in late 2022, was cut by 20% compared to pre-pandemic levels.


Cutting the capacity at Walt Disney World has been achieved by introducing the Park Pass reservations system following the resorts reopening after the COVID pandemic forced the resorts closure.


Disney CFO Christine McCarthy





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