Disney Expects to Increase Capital Expenditures to $6 Billion, Likely Indicates Many New Theme Park Projects
In today’s Q3 earnings call, Disney revealed they expect to increase their capital expenditures to $6 billion in the coming years, an ambitious number that would likely be largely represented in the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products division.
Disney’s goal in the coming years is to spend around $6 billion in capital expenditures, which generally includes construction, equipment, or land acquisition. This is likely to represent a significant investment in their parks as the most prominent fixed location assets which require consistent investment.
Whenever Disney’s capex spending increases, historically most of it has gone to parks. In 2019, Disney spent around $4.9 billion in capital expenditures, of which around $4.1 billion went to parks. And in 2021, they spent around $3.6 billion in capex, $2.3 billion of which went to parks.
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Disney has only a few significant projects on the horizon, including two more Disney Cruise Line ships, the EPCOT overhaul, the second phase of Walt Disney Studios Park’s expansion in Paris, and some smaller investments at Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland with “Zootopia” and “Frozen” areas respectively. If the company aims to increase their spend significantly, we could see some announcements at the D23 Expo next month to back these goals.
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