It might be a long road to recovery for Disney's theme parks, according to some analysts.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company's parks across the world temporarily closed their doors. Many have since reopened, but Disneyland in California is still closed, and the others aren’t operating at full capacity.
Obviously, closing down and limiting the number of guests has hurt revenue at the parks. But now, analysts for Deutsche Bank predict that 2021 may be another “lost year” for the theme parks, the Orange County Register reports.
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The analysts did, however, upgrade Disney’s stock due to the company’s strong performance in other areas (including its Disney+ streaming service).
According to the Deutsche Bank report, Disney’s theme parks will likely start to see “substantial improvement” in FY 2022 and a return to full earnings (based on pre-COVID numbers) in FY 2023.
A major factor that the analysts believe will impact the parks’ recoveries is the availability of an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
“We continue to believe that a widely available treatment and/or vaccine is required for a normalization to full earnings power at the parks," the analysts wrote.
The timing of the park’s recovery may work out for some of the new rides, however.
Fox News previously reported that Disneyland officially delayed the opening of an anticipated new ride — Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which was slated for a 2022 opening in Toontown — for over a year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News' Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.