Iger was asked during the company’s second quarter earnings call if Disney might consider building parks in other parts of the world as a “brand beacon.”
“We think there’s opportunities to expand in China,” Iger said. “There may also be opportunities in other parts of the world.”
Theme parks helped fuel the company’s second-quarter results, with increased spending on tickets, food and merchandise and domestic hotels reporting 90% occupancy. The 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris also helped spur spending.
Iger said Disney has been investing in new attractions at its theme parks around the world, with Toy Story lands opening in Shanghai and in Orlando, and the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World next year.
“The more popular our IP is, the more in-demand it is in our parks,” Iger said during the call.
Iger said the company is evaluating where else in the world it might locate a theme park, based on factors such as economic and political stability.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to build something anytime very soon,” Iger said. “But we’re going to look.”
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