Hot on the heels of the most dramatic price increase in Walt Disney World history, it looks like new cutbacks are being made around the resort. Much like the previous cuts (which included reduced hours at Epcot, over half a dozen character removals and the draw down of Cast Member levels all around the resort), this most recent round of cuts and schedule modifications might not be noticeable to the average guests, and is likely an effort by Disney try and keep things running as efficiently as possible by "trimming the fat" around the resort. Of course, we'll let you be the final judge as to whether these cuts are smart, or will give guests less value for their (now substantially more expensive) tickets.
1. The Citizens of Hollywood get downsized
The Citizens of Hollywood are a mainstay on both Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and their improvisational antics have entertained guests for many years. However, it has been reported that this troupe is getting a significant downsizing, with about a dozen actors being either let go or moved elsewhere in the resort.
It's important to note that the Citizens of Hollywood aren't leaving totally, but guests in the coming weeks can expect to see fewer shows around the park as well as smaller companies and fewer acts overall. This is certainly a sad development, as the Citizens of Hollywood have become a favorite for many guests, and would have provided a nice contrast for those who aren't as excited for all the new Star Wars additions coming to this park later this year.
2. The Fairy Godmother meet and greet experience is pulled from Magic Kingdom
We were sad several weeks ago when it was revealed that Cinderella characters Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters were kicked out of the Magic Kingdom, but unfortunately it looks like the cuts to Cinderella characters at the Magic Kingdom that don't have their name in the title of this film haven't stopped coming.
According to several reports, Cinderella's own fairy godmother has been Bibbidi-Boppidy-Booted from the park's meet and greet schedule. Though this character didn't command huge crowds, she often had a short wait, and was a must-do for Cinderella fans. However, it looks like at least for the foreseeable future, this character will no longer be able to grant wishes for guests behind Cinderella's castle.