London-based Brand Finance, a leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy, named Disney the world's most powerful brand. Every year, Brand Finance evaluates thousands of global brands to determine which are the most powerful, measuring factors such as familiarity, loyalty and promotion, among others.
Disney earned top marks in a significant number of areas, including innovation; people management; use of corporate assets; social responsibility; quality of management; financial soundness; long-term investment value; quality of products/services; and global competitiveness.
Disney has been recognised as the top-ranked media and entertainment company on Fortune's annual list of the “World's Most Admired Companies.” Ranked sixth overall among 324 listed companies, Disney is, for the 20th consecutive year the highest-ranked media and entertainment company worldwide.
Despite Walt Disney Co.'s tumultuous year, the brand ranks No. 87 on the Global 2000—up seven spots from 2022—and is the second-largest media company for the second consecutive year.
The companies also have similar market values: Disney is currently worth $168 billion, compared with Nike's $135 billion market cap.
Disney and Universal are major rivals overall. Both are major conglomerates with a global presence. But they also compete against one another in several business segments, including film and television production and theme parks and entertainment.
1 'Frozen II' (2019)
The sequel to the hugely popular original, Frozen II exceeded expectations as the highest-grossing Disney animated movie of all time.
Only by constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of both animation and business, was the company able to go from a moderately successful animation studio to a complete entertainment experience – with theme parks, merchandising, cruise ships, and more.
Disney World is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with an average of 20.86 million visitors each year and 57,000 daily guests at its Magic Kingdom alone.
2022 World's Most-Visited Theme Parks
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Which company is bigger than Disney Google is 166% times bigger than the second biggest media company, Walt Disney, with media revenues – which have grown by 17% year on year – worth $60bn.
So for the most part — including right now — Disney tends to be larger than Netflix in terms of market value.
By market cap measure, Apple (AAPL), with valuation of $2.6T, is in a league that includes Microsoft (MSFT) and, really, no one else is even close. Disney (DIS) has a market cap of about $178B.
The movie is owned by 20th Century Fox, and Disney acquired Fox in 2019 (an acquisition that has lately been scrutinized by activist investor Nelson Peltz), which means Disney now owns the Titanic movie.
Seeing and interacting with their favorite Disney characters in real life is one of the most magical things a child can experience. In addition to parades, live shows, and meet-and-greets, Disney World offers a variety of events for guests to interact with the characters.
WeaknessesHeavy dependence on income from North America. Although, Disney operates in more than 200 countries, it heavily depends on US and Canada markets for its income.Few opportunities for significant growth through acquisitions.
Disneyland Paris is Europe's leading tourist destination, with more than 320 million visits since its opening in 1992, and over 15,000 Cast Members working on site.
(At the time, Netflix had 186.86 million global paid subscribers.) A little more than two years later, Disney made its first pass at dominance in the June quarter of 2022 with 221.1 million total subscriptions vs. 220.67 million for Netflix.
Disney overtakes Netflix in numbers of streaming customers. Disney's streaming services—Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+—have overtaken Netflix in the number of viewers as the Mouse House's five-year push into the digital streaming space finally comes to fruition.
Disney is surpassing Netflix in total subscribers across its platforms, but its streaming division is making a loss. Disney is continuing to surpass Netflix in subscriber numbers, through the combination of its Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ streaming services.
Only by constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of not just animation but also what Disney became as a business was the company able to go from a moderately successful animation studio to a complete entertainment experience – with theme parks, merchandising, cruise ships, and so forth.
In terms of market capitalization, Apple is the largest company in the world. But where it really stands out from Disney is its free cash flow. At the end of 2022, Apple's free cash flow was over $30 billion.
The wreck of the Titanic is not owned by anyone according to Admiralty Law. If a ship sinks in international water, no one can make a claim to it.
Titanic wasn't originally a Disney movie, but when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019, it became part of the company's collection. (That's also why we've recently seen some Anastasia merch online!) And that's why Disney can now sell merchandise to celebrate this film's 25th anniversary.
It is the Happiest Place on Earth
Disney is the perfect escape. You can leave all the stress of the real world behind as soon as you enter the gates and surround yourself with Disney Magic. The upbeat music, the delicious smells, the laughter and more will have you instantly engulfed in the Happiest Place on Earth.