Universal Theme Parks Report Record-Breaking Earnings for 3rd Quarter of 2023

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Comcast has released the 3rd Quarter Earnings Report for Universal Theme Parks

Universal Theme Parks provide epic thrills in parks located around the world. The strength of Comcast’s theme park division is evident when analyzing the third quarter earnings report, which demonstrates record-breaking earnings. Let’s dive into the numbers factors driving this impressive growth.

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The numbers for Q3 reflect a positive momentum in Universal Theme Parks’ operations:

  • Revenue: For Q3 2023, Universal Theme Parks reported a robust revenue of $2,418 million, marking an increase of 17.2% compared to $2,064 million in Q3 2022.
  • Operating Expenses: Expenses went up to $1,435 million from $1,244 million in 2022, a rise of 15.4%. This rise in costs can be attributed to the demands of catering to increased guest attendance.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Standing at $983 million for Q3 2023, the Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) witnessed an increase of 20.0% from $819 million in the same period of the previous year.

What is driving this stellar performance? Here are some insights highlighted by Comcast:


  • Bounce Back from COVID-19: The revenue growth was particularly evident in Universal’s international theme parks. These parks had been shackled by COVID-19 restrictions during the prior year. The lifting of these restrictions meant that the parks could operate at fuller capacities and entertain a larger number of guests.
  • Domestic Growth: Stateside, Universal Studios Hollywood saw a surge in revenue, with the star of the show being Super Nintendo World. Its continued success is a testament to the timeless appeal of beloved Nintendo characters and the immersive experiences the theme park section offers and demonstrates how well Epic Universe will do in Orlando once it is open.
  • Orlando’s Resilient Performance: Although there was a slight dip in the revenue for Universal’s theme park in Orlando, it’s essential to note that it’s still performing admirably above its pre-pandemic 2019 levels. This suggests that while there may be some shifts in preference or competition, Orlando remains a strong performer for Universal.

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Universal Theme Parks’ impressive Q3 results underscore the pent-up demand for quality entertainment and experiences. As the world continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic, this upward trend for theme parks, especially giants like Universal, looks promising.

The slight uptick in operating expenses is a natural outcome of handling increased guest attendance and is expected given the current rate of inflation. The substantial growth in Adjusted EBITDA demonstrates higher revenues the parks are experiencing more than compensate for these costs, considering the parks showed a 20% increase in revenue despite facing a 15.4% increase in operating costs.

Universal Theme Parks’ stellar performance in Q3 2023 is a bright spot in the entertainment industry’s recovery narrative. With innovative offerings like Super Nintendo World and a dedicated fan base, the future looks sunny for this entertainment behemoth.


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