I also don’t buy the cost saving theory. Disney budgeted and planned for Fantasmic to be available. They sold dining packages. Fantasmic makes them money.
When your operating budget is limited… making money or not doesn’t change how much the budget is…. It just influences what you pick to spend your limited dollars on.
Imagine also emtertainment probably doesn’t get the pnl credit for dining packages.
They could also be trying to take the cost savings they are getting and trying to reallocate that money to f! Changes that were not previously planned