[QUOTE=Dana;1117158]Evening extra magic hours are dead after the second hour. It makes sense to cut that last hour. Business is business and if they were making money off that last hour, it would still be there. The cost of operations obviously don’t justify the bottom line and that’s what’s it’s all about in the end. Seriously, two hours is plenty and still a great perk for being a resort guest.[/QUOTE]
Part of the reason that three hours at night works better than two is that it normally takes 30-60 minutes to clear out all the guests who were in line to ride the popular rides at park close.
Remember, the rule has always been, if you’re in line at park close, you ride, unless the ride is broken down.
Now, you’ve got hotel guests who have been waiting all day for their chance at Soarin’, or Toy Story, RnRCoaster, or Splash Mountain, or Peter Pan and have counted on getting their chance during the late evening.
So instead of giving them 3 full hours, they really have more like 2 hours of alone time.
The parks themselves really don’t close for about 90 minutes to 2 hours after official close anyway. Sure, the rides close down and they stop seating diners, but the last seatings were 8:30 and those rides closed their queues at 9 and Mousegears is open until 10:30-11 PM because those diners at Tokyo Dining didn’t finish their meals until 10 and it takes time to get to the main gate, especially if you get stuck at the drawbridge between China and “non specific country land” so they can take the Illuminations barges backstage.
We were in MK two Fridays ago during the EMH and there were still loads of people everywhere at 1 AM, even though the park closed at 11 PM. We left at 1:30, having gotten in 3 rides on Splash, one on Big Thunder, and one on Aladdin’s Carpets during the EMH. This was after returning to the hotel after Illuminations and then putting on “wet clothes” so we could ride Splash like I promised my niece.
It’s amazing we actually made it to the Studios the next morning by 7:55, but I really wanted her to be able to ride Toy Story twice. (Did it!)
Thank you Diamond Parking!!
I’ll deal with it, whatever “it” winds up being, same as the fast passes.