On theme parks, Iger said Disney would like to build in mainland China, in Shanghai, but the process is complicated for a variety of reasons and he can't say when or whether it will happen.
Disney's Tokyo park, now 25 years old, is solidly profitable. Disneyland Resort Paris, which opened in 1992, isn't yet in the black "but is close," he said. The newest venture, the 2-year-old Hong Kong park, launched with a splash but had a rocky second year.
"No matter how much research you do on a market, you just can't understand everything until you open the park. They become works in progress when you open," Iger said.
One flub is that Disney anticipated that parkgoers would take 20-minute meal breaks, based on U.S. stats, but the average in Hong Kong ended up being twice as long, "so we had half the capacity. There were longer lines to eat than to ride Space Mountain," he admitted.