Chicken and egg, though. Attendance and guest spending would likely be higher if Disney was offering more for guests to do. I just cannot fathom going when the park closes at 6 p.m. each day, for example. I would imagine the Christmas party would have brought a lot of people in.
Of course the parks aren’t hitting their reduced capacities. Why would they? Would you spend the same amount of money on a Disney vacation this year that you spent last year, while receiving 50% of the experience? No park hopping, no fast passes, no single rider lines, greatly reduced park hours, no parades or fireworks shows, no waterparks open, limited dining options with greatly reduced menus, and the list goes on and on and on. And this is on top of the mask requirement. Disney’s attendance won’t rise until they either start restoring their cuts or greatly discount vacation packages.With the attendance numbers restricted to some number under 20% of capacity and rarely even hitting those low caps, the money does not exist to do any of those things. With tens of thousands of cast members still on furlough because people are not visiting, this is about survival. Don’t let the ’crowded’ parks from this weekend fool you; people are not returning and visiting the parks.