Another Show Slashed: Disney Cuts Down Even More Park Entertainment

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Crowds outside the theater at Walt Disney Studios Park

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Cuts were made at one Disney theme park this week.

Disney’s theme parks are in a constant state of flux. From Disneyland Resort to Tokyo Disney Resort (and everywhere else in between), new attractions, shows, and characters are added to each resort on a regular basis.

A child wearing silver Mickey Mouse ears hugs a person in a Minnie Mouse costume at Disneyland, where character actors recently unionized. The castle and other visitors are visible in the background, and both the child and the character appear to be happy.
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But as the Mouse giveth, the Mouse taketh away. To make way for new additions, Disney also has to remove features and elements from its parks – including those beloved by regular parkgoers.

In recent years, we’ve seen Disney axe the controversial Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (which has proven equally divisive since launching its previews earlier this month).

Wondrous Journeys intro scene at Disneyland
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Before that, we lost beloved attractions and shows such as Wondrous Journeys at Disneyland (don’t mind us; we’re still manifesting its return any day now), The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park, and Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom (although perhaps it’s a stretch to call that “beloved”).

Sometimes, these farewells are much more subtle. In some ways, it’s the small cuts that hit harder as they chip away at the “magical” experience that makes Disney theme parks so unique. The likes of the Magical Express, FastPass, and Extra Magic Hours for all Disney hotels are all deeply missed.

Entertainment has also taken a massive hit in recent years in what some view as Disney’s attempt to slash costs. “Streetmosphere” is significantly less omnipresent at Disney theme parks lately, while Hollywood Studios appears to have quietly ditched Disney Movie Magic.

Fireworks explode and fan out above Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris
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Over at Disneyland Paris, the park’s nighttime spectacular – Disney Illuminations – was cut dramatically in length upon its return last week. With the runtime slashed by a third thanks to the removal of the Beauty and the Beast (2017) section and part of the Frozen (2013) section, it is now the park’s shortest fireworks show to date.

Now, yet another show has been shortened at the resort.

Finding Nemo on the new Pixar Show coming to Walt Disney Studios Park, TOGETHER: A Pixar Musical Adventure
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As of June 8, “TOGETHER: A Pixar Musical Adventure” – which just returned from hiatus at Walt Disney Studios Park – has been cut by several minutes. According to DLP Report, this is down to the shortening of scenes from Up (2010) and the Monsters, Inc. (2001) sections, as well as the finale.

🪁 “TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure” has returned today. To accommodate 5 shows/day, the production has been shortened by a few minutes:
– shorter Up scene
– less transitions
– shorter finale

Allegedly, this isn’t due to budget cuts. The Disney park show has apparently been cut in length to make more time for the show’s fifth performance, which was also added to the schedule as of today.

On the bright side, the rest of the popular Pixar show remains intact. “TOGETHER: A Pixar Musical Adventure” features scenes inspired by Pixar franchises such as Toy Story (1995) and Finding Nemo (2003).

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