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The Walt Disney Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Earnings For Fiscal 2013

Results for the Quarter

Results for the quarter reflected growth at our domestic parks and resorts, an increase in vacation club ownership sales and higher royalty revenue from Tokyo Disney Resort, partially offset by a decrease at Disneyland Paris.

Higher operating income at our domestic parks and resorts was primarily due to increased guest spending, attendance and occupied room nights at Walt Disney World Resort and increased guest spending at Disneyland Resort. These increases were partially offset by higher costs at both resorts and lower attendance at Disneyland Resort, which reflected the success in the prior year from the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. Increased guest spending at our domestic parks was due to higher average ticket prices, food, beverage and merchandise spending and average daily hotel room rates. Higher costs were due to spending on MyMagic+ and labor and other cost inflation.

Lower operating income at Disneyland Paris was due to lower attendance and occupied room nights, partially offset by increased guest spending. Increased guest spending reflected higher average ticket prices, merchandise, food and beverage spending and average daily hotel room rates.

Results for the Year

For the year, operating income growth reflected increases at our domestic parks and resorts, Disney Vacation Club and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, partially offset by a decrease at Disneyland Paris and higher pre-opening costs at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Operating income growth at our domestic parks and resorts was due to increased guest spending, attendance and occupied room nights, partially offset by higher costs. Increased guest spending was due to higher average ticket prices, food, beverage and merchandise spending and average daily hotel room rates. Cost increases were driven by spending on new guest offerings and labor and other cost inflation. Significant new guest offerings included MyMagic+, the expansions of Disney California Adventure and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The increase at Disney Vacation Club was primarily driven by sales of The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which is a higher margin property.

Operating income growth at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was due to higher guest spending and attendance, partially offset by higher costs driven by resort expansion and labor and other cost inflation. At Disneyland Paris, increased guest spending was more than offset by lower attendance, fewer occupied room nights and labor and other cost inflation. Increased guest spending at our international resorts was due to higher average ticket prices, the opening of the World of Disney store in July 2012 at Disneyland Paris and increased average daily hotel room rates.

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