I have a personal interest in Disney as both a brand and a company, I've done both of my major school research projects on Disney, so I figured, why not share some of what I've learnt?
I’ve tried to keep it varied and mix in a few cool facts along with a few details about the business side of things.
1. Cats, cats everywhere
There are over 200 feral cats that roam the Disney Park at night, which are tolerated as they've been incorporated into the 'pest management program', meaning they hunt down the mice and rats on property. They're given food and places to sleep, as seen below.
2. It's a rich man's world
Former Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, took home $1.4 billion in compensation between 1993 and when he retired from the helm of the entertainment giant. That works out to $9.54 a second, 4 cents more than what the lowest payed Disney worker recieves per hour. Current CEO Robert Iger raked in 26.21M for 2015, which works out to be $104,840 per day for 250 working days.
3. Media mogul
According to this infographic from Statista, Disney is the second largest media company in the world based on revenue from 2014 data.
A Business Insider article published May this year reveals that Disney is still in second place, still following behind Google. Check out the article here: The 30 biggest media companies in the world.
4. Heil Hitler
During WWII, the U.S. and Canadian governments commissioned Disney to produce several training and propaganda films. One of these shorts was an Academy Award-winner, called “Der Fuehrer’s Face,” which featured Donald Duck.
Watch the film short below.
5. A big ass company
In Forbes' Global 2000, a ranking of the world’s largest companies, Disney comes in at #71. To help you put this in perspective, this is 12 spots above Coca-Cola.
6. Valuable as shit brand
On Forbes most valuable and powerful brands list, Disney is ranked at #8, one spot above McDonald’s!
7. Show me the money
Looking at a breakdown of where Disney's revenue comes from, Disney's biggest buck is actually in media networks, as opposed to parks and resorts which most people would assume the money is.
Hope you enjoyed and learnt something you didn't already know about Disney! :)