4 of Walt Disney World's Biggest Flubs and Failures of 2016By Amanda Kondolojy, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 05:49
2016 has been a pretty incredible year. With nearly two dozen new attraction openings, tons of special events and fun surprises, there has been a lot for Walt Disney World fans to check out this year. However, even though there have been plenty of hits, this year has brought a couple of misses as well. We continue our look back at the year that was today with some of the biggest flubs and failures of 2016 at Walt Disney World.
1. The opening of Frozen Ever After
Epcot had an absolute blockbuster summer in 2016 with the opening of three new attractions: Soarin’ Over the World, the Royal Sommerhus, and of course Frozen Ever After. And while the latter is a surprisingly good attraction (even if it doesn't exactly fit the theme of the World Showcase) this attraction stumbled a bit out of the gate with numerous technical issues during its opening weeks, which caused frequent shutdowns and ride wait times in excess of three hours. However, even though Frozen Ever After fumbled at first, Disney was able to work out the various issues with this attraction several months after it first opened, and was able to get it working reliably by the middle of fall, making this one flub that was at least temporary.
2. Magic Kingdom After Hours
Earlier this year a new upcharge experience was introduced that allowed guests to stay inside the Magic Kingdom after closing to experience all of this park's attractions with little to no wait. However, though the idea behind this upcharge might have sounded intriguing, the $150 price point made this a tough sell for many. The opening night of Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom was essentially a bust for Disney, with only 300 guest tickets actually sold for the event (according to Cast Member reports), with the other 1000 or so guests who attended the inaugural Disney After Hours getting in for free as part of a last-minute DVC member admission giveaway.
And though Disney announced after its initial event date that tickets for this event would be 50% off for all Disney Vacation Club members and annual passholders, costing a discounted $75 per person, guests still failed to show up for this event, with Disney giving away tickets on event nights to hotel guests just to get a decent number of people to attend.
However, a somewhat surprising development, it looks like Disney is bringing back Disney After Hours next year, but this time with a lower price point: $119 plus tax for ages 3 and above, $30 less than its original (non-discounted) price point in 2016. You can read more about this event's return here.