List of acquisitions by Disney

The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 and since 1996 has acquired many properties to increase its size in the media industry. The table shows the most substantial and important acquisitions that Disney has made over the years.

Acquisitions edit

Acquired company 44 Date Country Price (US$) Price Adjusted for Inflation (US$) Parent/Merged With References
Disneyland, Inc. 1957 (64% controlling stake)   USA 562,500 6,000,000 Disney Parks, Experiences and Products [1]
1960 (remaining shares)   USA 7,500,000 74,000,000 [2][3]
WED Enterprises (park designing and engineering division) 1965   USA
Retlaw Enterprises (parks transportation division) 1982   USA 42,600,000 129,000,000 [4]
Wrather Corporation 1987 (50% share)   USA [5]
1988 (Remaining 50%)   USA [6]
Capital Cities/ABC Inc. February 9, 1996   USA 19,000,000,000 35,452,000,000 Disney General Entertainment Content [7]
Toysmart August 1996   USA Disney Interactive [8]
Starwave April 30, 1998   USA 400,000,000 718,000,000 Go.com [9]
Infoseek July 12, 1999   USA 1,770,000,000 3,109,000,000 [10][11]
Fox Family Worldwide
Saban Entertainment
October 24, 2001   USA 2,900,000,000 4,793,000,000 ABC Family Worldwide
Buena Vista Studios Entertainment
[12]
The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties February 17, 2004   USA 75,000,000 116,000,000 The Muppets Studio [13]
Avalanche Software April 19, 2005   USA Disney Interactive Studios [14]
Living Mobile October 19, 2005   Germany Walt Disney Internet Group [15]
Pixar May 5, 2006   USA 7,400,000,000 10,742,000,000 Walt Disney Studios [16]
Climax Racing September 2006   UK Disney Interactive Studios [17]
Junction Point Studios February 8, 2007   USA [18]
New Horizon Interactive August 2007   Canada 350,000,000 477,000,000 [19]
GameStar February 2009   China [20]
Wideload Games September 8, 2009   USA [21]
Marvel Entertainment December 31, 2009   USA 4,400,000,000 6,002,000,000 The Walt Disney Company [22]
Tapulous July 1, 2010   USA Disney Mobile [23]
Playdom August 27, 2010   USA 563,000,000 718,000,000 Disney Interactive [24]
UTV Software Communications January 31, 2012   India 450,000,000 574,000,000 The Walt Disney Company India [25]
StudioEX December 10, 2012   South Korea Disney Interactive [26]
Lucasfilm December 21, 2012   USA 4,050,000,000 5,162,000,000 Walt Disney Studios [27][28]
Maker Studios March 24, 2014   USA 500,000,000 618,000,000 Disney Digital Network [29]
BAMTech 2016   USA 2,930,000,000 3,573,000,000 Disney Streaming [30][31][32][33]
Euro Disney SCA June 19, 2017   France 760,000,000 907,000,000 Disney Parks, Experiences and Products [34][35]
21st Century Fox March 20, 2019   USA 71,300,000,000 81,610,000,000 The Walt Disney Company [36][37]
Hulu (remaining 43% of shares) April 16, 2019 (WarnerMedia's 10% stake)   USA 1,430,000,000 1,637,000,000 Disney Streaming [38]
December 1, 2023 (Comcast's 33% stake)   USA 8,610,000,000 8,610,000,000 [39]
Epic Games February 7, 2024 (10% equity stake)   USA 1,500,000,000 1,500,000,000 The Walt Disney Company [40]

Former acquisitions edit

Acquirer Target company Date of sale Price of sale References
Young Broadcasting KCAL-TV May 14, 1996
Andy Heyward
Bain Capital
Chase Capital Partners
DIC Entertainment November 25, 2000 [41][42]
The Weinstein Company Dimension Films 2005 [43]
Saban Brands Power Rangers and entertainment assets May 12, 2010
Filmyard Holdings Miramax Films December 3, 2010 663,000,000 [44][45]
Kids II, Inc. The Baby Einstein Company October 14, 2013
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Avalanche Software January 24, 2017 [46]
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Entertainment Studios
Fox Sports Networks August 22, 2019 10,600,000,000 [47]
Scopely FoxNext Games January 22, 2020 [48]
Banijay Endemol Shine Group 3 July 2020 2,200,000,000 [49]
Gimbal, Inc. TrueX September 28, 2020 [50]
ViacomCBS TeleColombia November 23, 2021 [51][52]
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa KRDC June 13, 2023 5,000,000 [53]

See also edit

References edit

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