The dramatic park income increase is due, in part, to increased consumer spending at the parks. Nothing comes cheap at Disney Parks and we are all willing to pay for whatever we can get our hands on.
Disney cites Freeform as a reason why media network income, and more specifically cable networks, is down. They also mentioned that Freeform’s shortcomings are partially offset by an increase at ESPN. An increase at ESPN? Well, that would be great news, except they worked into that section a mention that spending was higher in the same quarter last year due to severance and contract termination costs (thus, this year is relatively better income-wise). Remember when ESPN had all those layoffs? That wasn’t a cheap move apparently.
Movies are higher because Disney released Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 this quarter with Black Panther and Solo (FWIW) still kicking around. Compare the results of those movies to last year’s Cars 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 and residuals from Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean and you’ll see quickly why Disney had a huge increase in studio entertainment.
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