Though Walt Disney World has been attracting more and more guests year over year, it looks like the ballooning costs of the resort's many construction projects are taking a toll on the resort, with several budget cuts being introduced in the past year. One of the biggest areas where cost-saving measures have been introduced recently has been the reduction of hotel perks, including room service and private dining at Disney's deluxe resorts. However, it looks like another round of cuts are coming to the resort, some of which we expected, but others which might surprise you!
1 Talking Mickey Mouse on Main Street USA could be going away in a few months
According to several posters on the WDWMagic forums, it looks like the talking Mickey Mouse character who meets guests daily on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom may be going away in the near future. The technology that allows guests to “talk” to Mickey impressed when it first debuted in 2013, and this version of Mickey Mouse subsequently has become a guest favorite, especially among younger guests who enjoy the interactivity with the world’s most famous mouse.
However, according to the aforementioned reports Disney is looking at cost-cutting measures across the resort, and in the next few months talking Mickey Mouse will be replaced once again by regular Mickey Mouse at this location. This seems like a strange choice for cost-cutting as the savings for swapping one Mickey for another will be minimal but the guest impact could be considerable, as Mickey at the Magic Kingdom often has a wait time of an hour or more as guests wait longer to "talk" to Mickey in this location. Though unconfirmed by Disney, reports indicate that entertainment Cast Members have already been informed about the change, which could be coming as soon as May.
2 Stitch’s Great Escape rumored to be sticking around
Though rumors swirled once again late last year about a potentially permanent closure for Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom, these claims were later refuted, and now, even though the attraction is once again closed, sources say it will be open again on a seasonal basis, potentially as soon as Spring Break in the next few months.
While this might not initially seem like a cost-cutting measure, sources are saying that Disney is essentially keeping this attraction for now because they cannot commit to a replacement project, and rather than close this attraction permanently while they continue to invest time and money in a replacement, they are just going to leave the attraction as-is for the time being so they don't have to spend any money on yet another Tomorrowland improvement project. Though the clock might still be ticking for this attraction, Disney’s budget concerns seem to be the latest thing to have saved this attraction, which is an unlikely development in the continuing drama surrounding the status of Stitch's Great Escape.