Published: December 18, 2006 at 5:31 PMDid they compile this info or did they get it from the parks? If they compiled the info, then I bet you can expect both disney and Universal figures to jump over 200 percent.
Published: December 19, 2006 at 12:51 PMParks used to release figures. But in the 80s, they stopped releasing the figures because it became too big of a driver of stock price. Instead the parks started releasing % change numbers.
AB used a combination of the % change numbers reported by the companies, and a few other factors, like going out on random days and counting cars entering the parking lots and such... To "guess-timate" annual attendance.
Universal seemed to "hint" to AB what there attendance was since they'd make statements like "AB is in the neighborhood". On the flip side, Disney kept saying the AB numbers were off, and getting worse off every year.
In the end, the numbers were of no use except to us on-line geeks that liked to use them to show whatever we wanted the numbers to show.
Published: December 19, 2006 at 2:05 PMI also has noticed that some years one could not do year-to-year comparisons with AB data for the Universal parks. The percent change that AB gave for the Uni parks didn't match the change from the previous year's report, if you kept the reports and did the math yourself (which I did).
That said, someone needs to at least keep track of what's revealed in the various SEC 10K reports and tally a running report on various parks' attendance. I'd be willing to set up a page for that and take one company if other readers or webmasters would agree to follow others. I'll make it a Creative Commons page, too, so that other websites could use the content, so we won't have the copyright issues that we used to have with running AB's entire list.
Volunteers? (People with CPAs or experience reading SEC reports strongly preferred here. This ain't light reading for someone who's not looked through a corporate financial statement before.)
Published: December 19, 2006 at 2:23 PMThat info was gathered by Tim O'Brien who now works for Ripley's. I believe he accumulated most of it by phone, I know that is how he obtained ours. Unfortunately, not everyone is totally honest. firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: December 22, 2006 at 9:05 AMPerhaps you are aware that AB had a jv with ERA to produce the numbers over the last several years. I understand that ERA has teamed with TEA (the Themed Entertainment Association) to gather this data and it should be out next month. Kudos to ERA and TEA for picking up the slack...