Walt Disney’s (DIS) Disneyland Shuts Down Section of Park to Prepare for ‘Star Wars Land’


Back in August it was announced that Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) would be opening new sections of both their Anaheim, Ca, and Orlando, FL theme parks as the company looks to take advantage of their new Star Wars franchise by opening ‘Star Wars Land’ sections at each park.

Today the first steps in the construction of the new park sections have commenced as Disney has shut down approximately 14% of their Disneyland park in Califonia. This included the temporary closure of the following attractions: Fantasmic, The Mark Twain Riverboat, The Sailing Ship Columbia, The Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, The Disneyland Railroad and The Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, and the permanant closure of Big Thunder Ranch, Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The completion dates of the new ‘Star Wars Land’ sections at either park has yet to be announced by the company, but we do know that the Disneyland section will span 14-acres.

The stock is currently trading higher by 1.35% or $1.43 following the positive news, hitting $107.29 per share at the time of us publishing this article. About 6.37 million shares traded hands. DIS has declined 3.99% since May 22, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 0.93%.

From a total of 20 analysts covering The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) stock, 11 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 9 a “Hold”. This means that 55% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $136 while the lowest target price is $10.55. The mean of all analyst targets is $119.30 which is 11.19% above today’s ($107.29) stock price. The Walt Disney Company was the topic of 38 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Goldman Sachs maintained shares on December 15 with a “Neutral” rating. Pivotal Research initiated shares with a”Hold” rating and a $106 target share price in their report from an October 20. Guggenheim downgraded DIS stock in a recent report from November 16 to a “Neutral” rating. Macquarie Research maintained the rating on September 1. Macquarie Research has a “Outperform” rating and a $122 price target on shares. Finally, Argus Research maintained the stock with a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on a November 9.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.33 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.15, from 1.18 in 2015Q2. The ratio increased, as 101 funds sold all their Walt Disney Co shares they owned while 548 reduced their positions. 116 funds bought stakes while 748 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 1.00 billion shares which is 2.38% less than the previous share count of 1.03 billion in 2015Q2.

Winch Advisory Services Llc holds 15.54% of its total portfolio in Walt Disney Co, equating to 104,034 shares. Rit Capital Partners Plc owns 509,000 shares representing 12.14% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Lindsell Train Ltd has 11.54% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 1.65 million shares. The New York-based Klingenstein Fields & Co Llc has a total of 10.54% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Tukman Grossman Capital Management Inc, a California-based fund reported 1.76 million shares owned.

Since March 6, 2015, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 3 insider sales for a total of $3.04 million in net activity. Chen John S sold 6,000 shares worth $611,822. Braverman Alan N sold 18,473 shares worth $2.19M. Woodford Brent sold 2,000 shares worth $237,000. Matschullat Robert W sold 2,965 shares worth $324,545. The insider Lozano Monica C sold 397 shares worth $43,948.

The Walt Disney Company, incorporated on July 28, 1995, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business divisions: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. The company has a market cap of $175.40 billion. Media Networks comprise an array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and digital businesses across two divisions the Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN Inc. It has 21.89 P/E ratio. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is a well-known provider of family travel and leisure experiences.