Evening Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World are being reduced from 3 hours at night to 2 hours at night, beginning in January. For those unfamiliar with Extra Magic Hours, they are operating hours exclusively for Walt Disney World resort-hotel guests. Every morning and/or night, a select park opens early or stays open late, just for Disney hotel guests.
Walt Disney World’s website confirms this with the following: “Each day, one of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to 2 hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.”
There’s no possible way to spin this as a positive. During the course of the past few years, Walt Disney World has made gradual, small cuts to its offerings (from fewer fireworks per show to the Lights of Winter to tips in the Disney Dining Plan among many, many other things) all while raising prices. This 1-hour cut by itself isn’t huge news or the end of the world, but all of these cuts in aggregate really hurt the guest experience. Walt Disney World watchdog Kevin Yee has aptly described these happenings as “Declining by Degrees,” and we couldn’t agree more.
Disney, there’s only so much fat you can cut before you start hitting muscle. You’re clear through the muscle and starting to cut bone.
With expanded operating hours, constant plussing throughout the resort, new lands in Disney California Adventure, etc., Disneyland Resort looks better and better as a vacation destination. At least there the ticket price increases are somewhat justifiable.