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Disney Theme Parks Staying Closed

By Jennifer Saibil - Mar 30, 2020 at 10:09AM

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Doors will remain shuttered while vacationers are staying home.

Some industries are getting hit harder than others during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the worst is the vacation and tourism space. Revenue for resorts, hotels, and theme parks is in stall mode while federal and state governments have constituents bound to their homes.

Disney (DIS 2.21%), whose sales are getting crushed because of current events, originally announced that its American theme parks will be closed through the end of March, but the entertainment king has now said they will stay closed indefinitely as the spread of the coronavirus continues throughout the U.S. 

A blurry image of a theme park lit up at night.

Image source: Getty images.

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company's top priority," the company said in a release on Friday.

Taking a revenue hit

The U.S. theme parks, Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, contributed 38%, the highest percentage, of Disney's total revenue in 2019. Along with experiences and products, they brought in over $26 billion in fiscal 2019, just edging out media networks. 

It's not all bad

Media networks, Disney's second revenue generator, delivered close to $25 billion for the company in fiscal 2019. That segment is going strong, growing during the coronavirus situation as people are springing on home entertainment services such as Disney+. 

And the theme parks segment also includes products, which are still for sale while people are switching to digital shopping. Having several revenue streams will ultimately provide the company with viability as it sustains heavy losses in its core product. 

Disney, typically a top stock pick, has fallen 35% year to date.

Jennifer Saibil has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walt Disney and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $60 calls on Walt Disney and short April 2020 $135 calls on Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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