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Disney World Provides & Removes Leisure

Disney World Provides & Removes Leisure

Disney World Adds & Removes Entertainment

There’s good and probably unhealthy information about Walt Disney World leisure–particularly characters and streetmosphere–as performers return to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios whereas others have been quietly faraway from WDW’s web site. On this put up, we’ll cowl what’s returning and presumably ending, plus commentary concerning the doubtless motivations for the adjustments.

Let’s begin with the excellent news, as a number of meet & greets quietly returned to Walt Disney World over the weekend. In Magic Kingdom, there are a number of character greeting places that at the moment are again in motion. On the entrance of the park, Snow White is now assembly company outdoors on the City Sq. Theater Porch. Contained in the theater, Minnie Mouse is now again assembly with Mickey–with each characters showing collectively within the fiftieth Anniversary outfits.

Again in Fantasyland, Peter Pan roams round–bringing a little bit of what makes spontaneous Disneyland character appearances so particular to Florida. He’s normally between the Sword within the Stone and the prolonged queue of Peter Pan’s Flight. Lastly, Aladdin and Jasmine at the moment are showing collectively on the Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland.

All of those are comparatively important developments that might bode properly for each different meet & greets and character eating experiences. As has been famous in different posts on a number of events, we’ve heard that Walt Disney World is at the moment experiencing a ‘princess scarcity.’ That is one large purpose why meals with face characters–Akershus, 1900 Park Fare, Bon Voyage Breakfast, and even the conventional Cinderella’s Royal Desk–have but to return.

Whereas casting necessities range, we’re nonetheless a bit stunned that the above meet & greets would return earlier than the aforementioned meals. The latter immediately generate income, whereas the previous are extra supporting gamers, for lack of a greater time period. They’re not devoted meet & greet places, simply places in Magic Kingdom the place characters have traditionally appeared.

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are a pair extra character developments. Star Wars Launch Bay returned with out fanfare, every week sooner than beforehand assumed. With this, Darth Vader is now again in DHS for the primary time in over 2 years. In the meantime, Chewbacca is seemingly making intergalactic flights all through the day, showing on each Batuu and Earth.

In different DHS leisure information, Walt Disney World has up to date its web site to point that the Inexperienced Military Drum Corps will quickly be returning to Toy Story Land. At present, these drummers march throughout the Pixar motorcade, however they beforehand marched across the land with high-energy performances and drum sequences. It’ll be fascinating to see whether or not the motorcades stick round with extra characters returning and leisure shifting again to the lands.

The doubtless extra important story than these characters and performers returning is the adjustments made to during the last couple of weeks. In a collection of quiet updates, Disney has eliminated a number of pages that beforehand listed “briefly unavailable” leisure choices at Walt Disney World.

Moreover, there’s not a touchdown web page for the entire “briefly unavailable” leisure acts and experiences. As a substitute, the hyperlinks to numerous leisure choices now present an error web page with Sew or redirect elsewhere on

Right here’s a rundown of the leisure that not exists on the official Walt Disney World web site:

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora Drummers – Swotu Wayä
  • Pandora Rangers


  • British Revolution
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
  • Serveur Amusant

Hollywood Studios

  • Residents of Hollywood
  • Jedi Coaching Academy
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Magic Kingdom

  • Residents of Predominant Road
  • Predominant Road Trolley Present
  • Meet Alice in Wonderland on the Mad Tea Occasion
  • Meet Gaston at his Tavern
  • Meet Tinker Bell at City Sq. Theater

Providing commentary to this information is hard. It ought to go with out saying, however the official web site standing just isn’t essentially conclusive of actuality. If it have been, Sew would consistently be consuming something and the whole lot. Joking apart, we might’ve seen Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM for every of the final two years. Conversely, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Occasion wouldn’t have returned. And but, we didn’t and it did.

I’m really stunned that Walt Disney World didn’t take away or cover many of those pages from public view way back. It’s a foul search for potential trip planners to see so many issues marked as “briefly unavailable.” It thus would possibly make sense to take down pages for something with out an inside goal date for returning.

Talking of inside goal dates, one other issue may very well be Walt Disney World’s aim of being again to regular by the beginning of the following fiscal 12 months on October 1, 2022. The corporate needs to be at 100% or as near it as doable, with that date because the deadline. It doesn’t imply that’ll be achieved, nevertheless it’s the aim.

One technique to make that simpler to perform is solely shifting the goalposts. If sure issues are faraway from the “briefly unavailable” listing, they don’t rely in the direction of the goal. That doesn’t imply these issues or one thing considerably comparable can’t nonetheless return at a later date. This has occurred already to some extent–within the days earlier than closing, a number of World Showcase leisure acts have been retired, solely to be introduced again final fall and this spring.

I believe that’s not less than partly what’s taking place right here. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, however I’ve a tough time believing something on the Magic Kingdom listing, particularly, is gone for good. The Predominant Road Trolley Present and Residents are iconic; though it wouldn’t be the primary time Walt Disney World eradicated one thing beloved by followers, it simply appears unlikely on this explicit, high-profile case.

Then there are the meet & greets in Magic Kingdom. Gaston is a visitor favourite, Tinker Bell has a devoted location, and Alice in Wonderland–or somebody from that movie–is sensible close to Mad Tea Occasion. Bringing again Snow White however none of these simply doesn’t cross the odor take a look at.

There’s probability lots of the eliminated pages are everlasting cuts, although. Voyage of the Little Mermaid was rumored to have been gutted two years in the past; it’s the kind of factor that appears prone to have returned by now if in any respect. Identical goes for Jedi Coaching Academy–though I’ll by no means perceive why that guest-favorite is gone. I additionally don’t get the choice to not carry again the fireworks reveals whereas Fantasmic has been on hiatus, however since that has not occurred, it most likely gained’t ever happen.

The Residents of Hollywood have been “shrinking” for years, in order that one being everlasting wouldn’t be a shock–though it could be extremely disappointing. They gave a lot life, humor, and outdated Hollywood allure to the entrance of the park.

Nothing on the Animal Kingdom or EPCOT lists can be a significant shock. A minimum of a few these World Showcase acts had their contracts terminated again in March 2020, so this isn’t actually “new” information on that entrance. It’s simply that their pages have lastly been eliminated.

As for the acts in Pandora – World of Avatar, additionally not a shock. The drummers introduced vitality to the land and the mech swimsuit dude was good, bizarre enjoyable. Neither have been significantly memorable and iconic, and Animal Kingdom has lengthy cycled by means of leisure acts. (Within the final a number of years, the identical is true of World Showcase.)

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Assuming these lists besides Magic Kingdom are largely correct, they’re nonetheless regarding. We’ve written variations of this similar editorial numerous occasions, as Walt Disney World has had a penchant of chopping leisure for a number of years…just about because the begin of Chapek’s tenure as head of Parks & Resorts. To not blame him each then and now (these selections are beneath his pay grade now), however the timing strains up.

Our commentary generally fixates on the hazards of Disney chopping an excessive amount of fats from budgets to the purpose the place they “hit bone.” At its finest, Walt Disney World is greater than the sum of its components. It’s the little moments, the ambiance, the reside musicians, the way in which the whole lot simply feels alive that, cumulatively, defines a visit even should you don’t actively discover on the time.

First-time company could not be capable to put their finger on precisely what resonated or made them really feel comfortable at any given second, nevertheless it’s all of this, in its totality. First-timers who fall in love with the parks and grow to be lifelong followers should not doing so as a result of they view the parks merely as a group of rides. Dwell leisure and the little “pointless” issues are a part of what makes the parks really feel lived-in, and people acts you would possibly stroll previous seep into your thoughts and do transfer the ‘visitor satisfaction’ needle.

Whereas this hasn’t been true the final couple of years, it has traditionally been the case, and is what made many people lifelong Disney followers. (It’s additionally why there’s at the moment a substantial distinction in environment between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.)

In previous years, we’ve expressed important concern that Walt Disney World would make such aggressive cuts at occasions of file attendance development and earnings. If that’s how Disney reacted to unprecedented prosperity, how unhealthy would issues get when the nation entered a recession and Disney felt an precise “want” to additional cut back prices to satisfy revenue targets?

You would possibly say that the final couple of years provided a solution to that. Or that Walt Disney World is getting ready for precisely that by eliminating a few of the “briefly unavailable” leisure. However, it’s value noting that throughout the Nice Recession, the corporate really expanded leisure as a part of the “Summer time Nightastic” marketing campaign to lure followers again to the parks.

There are additionally some patterns value addressing from pre-closure years. For a number of consecutive years, leisure cuts have been made within the lead-up to the brand new fiscal 12 months. That might be adopted by official information in October a few bunch of latest leisure starting early the following 12 months. That was kind of the sample, with Disney coasting by means of the autumn with much less leisure, earlier than a spike in Christmas-time choices and recent additions in the beginning of the next calendar 12 months.

Though not completely analogous since nothing is technically being minimize from what exists within the parks proper now, it’s related if the brand new fiscal 12 months is a major date for leisure and different normalcy at Walt Disney World.

Finally, it gained’t shock us if these “briefly unavailable” choices being faraway from the web site by no means return. It’s no secret that Walt Disney World now goals for fixed development, and is beholden to every quarter’s monetary outcomes–and beating prior quarters. If the numbers fall brief, each division is requested to cut back spending to assist buoy the numbers. That is no matter ever-increasing lodge and ticket costs, the removing of visitor perks, new upcharges, and so forth.

We’ve witnessed the outcomes of this a number of occasions over the previous few years, in the whole lot from leisure cuts to lowering trip capability within the low season to lowering staffing all through the parks. It’s short-term pondering for a enterprise unit that needs to be extra fixated on long-term well being. It’s as if Walt Disney World is teetering on the precipice of insolvency, whilst the corporate boasts about how per-guest spending is hitting file highs. Charging extra and providing much less may be one technique to obtain short-term targets, however there are actually long-term detrimental penalties to that strategy. Right here’s hoping that’s not what’s taking place right here, and Walt Disney World continues to revive leisure, whereas including new choices to kick off the second 12 months of the fiftieth Anniversary festivities.

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What do you consider these Walt Disney World leisure additions and removals? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about WDW restoring “briefly unavailable” leisure now that it’s been faraway from the web site, or suppose that’s irrelevant? Fearful that Walt Disney World would possibly by no means get again to 100% when it comes to leisure? Any questions we may also help you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even whenever you disagree with us–is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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