2. Disney After Hours
Ever since the $150 Disney After Hours upcharge experience was announced, the very idea of this event has been controversial. However, even though the resort has tried offering half-price tickets for annual passholders, as recently as one week ago, Disney was still giving tickets away to Disney Vacation Club members as well as those staying at certain resorts in an effort to goose attendance at this flagging event.
Unfortunately, when you have an event that is already outrageously expensive to attend, and you can’t even give tickets away to guests, you’ve got a recipe for cancellation. When Disney After Hours was first announced some hypothesized that this event was Disney’s way of “testing the waters” for a paid version of Extra Magic Hours for non-resort guests. However, if that’s true, it looks like Disney’s first attempt to monetize its extra operating hours was a spectacular failure. Now of course that doesn’t mean Disney won’t try again, but for now at least we wouldn’t expect the current form of Disney After Hours (or its outrageous price point) to return again to the Magic Kingdom any time soon.
3. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
As you may have heard, the current Star Wars nightly spectacular, Symphony in the Stars, will be having its last performance this summer to make way for the brand new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show. And while you might assume that the dessert party that accompanies the current Star Wars show will return for this new nightly spectacular (after all, they’ll barely even need to change the name), we’re not so sure.
For one thing, the current dessert party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios simply isn’t all that popular. Though the Wishes Dessert party over at the Magic Kingdom attracts its fair share of guests on a regular basis, Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ dessert parties (perhaps with the exception of the recent Frozen Party) just haven’t attracted that many guests over the years and often sit half empty on most nights.
Couple this event's unpopularity with the fact that the new show will heavily rely on projection effects, which might not be as easily visible from the side of the park where current dessert party attendees enjoy their reserved viewing, and you’ve got a situation where guests may not see the value in a dessert party where they might not be able to enjoy the full show.
While we won’t be able to say for sure what will happen with this dessert party and the new show until it debuts later this year, we wouldn’t be surprised if Disney’s Hollywood Studios nixes the dessert party idea altogether and leaves the nighttime spectacular upcharge events to the Magic Kingdom (and to a lesser extent, Epcot).
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