Disney Launch New Check In Facility With Gowalla

Today Disney have launched a new way to explore and enjoyDisneyland Florida, teaming up with Gowalla a place sharing website, Disney are encouraging visitors to “check in” at their favourite Disney locations to make their visit even more magical.

Disney wrote on their blog

The fun starts with our new digital Passport Stamps. Hundreds of locations within Disney Parks will feature these exclusive Stamps created by Gowalla – it’s the largest number of custom Stamps ever developed for a brand. The Stamps can be collected and kept as a virtual scrapbook by using Gowalla and checking-in around the parks. Take a look at some of my favorites.

You’ll also be able to view what’s happening at the park with custom Disney Passport pages that include maps featuring a check-in stream, a list of popular places and Trips.

You can start your Disney Parks adventure now by going to Gowalla.com/WaltDisneyWorld orGowalla.com/Disneyland. You’ll need to join Gowalla via the web or download the free application onto your smartphone

Disney also want to know which are your favourite check in stamps, so why not tell them on their blog

Disneys Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Dates Announced

Each year Disney holds a very special Christmas party, the dates have just been announced.

November 2010 December 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010 Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010 Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010 Thursday, December 9, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010 Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010 Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Tuesday, December 14, 201
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Walt Disney USA Beaten By Disney International

Some very interesting results coming out of Disney’s full yearaccounts.  With net profit across the board increasing by 19.8%

Overall revenues rose by 5.3% to $38.1bn, while operating income improved by 13.7% to $7.6bn.

Revenues from Disney’s Parks and Resorts group increased by 0.9% to $10.8bn, however operating profit fell 7.1% to $1.3bn.

Disney have stated that the decrease is attributed to a decline in the U.S. market, but was actually added by improved results at its international parks.

Disney attributed this loss to the following

  • 1 less business week compared to last year.
  • Lower hotel occupancy.
  • Decrease at Disney Cruise Line.
  • Lower Disney World Attendance
  • increased operating costs

These reasons  were partly offset by higher visitor spending, primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increased attendance at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim).

Meanwhile, the growth in international operations reflected improvement at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, driven by increased attendance, guest spending and hotel occupancy, and an increase at Disneyland Paris, due to higher guest spending and a real estate sale, partly offset by lower attendance.

Higher guest spending at both resorts resulted from higher average ticket prices and average daily hotel room rates.

For the fourth quarter alone, the group saw net profit slip by 6.7% to $835m, on revenues down 1.3% at $9.74bn. Operating profit fell 7.3% to $1.7bn.