BREAKING: Muppets “Great Moments in History” Show and Royal Majesty Makers at Magic Kingdom Set to End Soon, More Upcoming Walt Disney World Entertainment Budget Cuts Coming

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In just two days, The Laughing Stock Company and Pixar Philharmonic over at Disneyland Resort will be having their final performances due to extensive entertainment cutbacks throughout the resort. But it seems that cutbacks have also made it to Walt Disney World, starting at the Magic Kingdom.

The Royal Majesty Makers, featuring retired knight Sir Sterling, his clever niece Bridget, squire Tobias and the kind Lady Llewellyn, will be ending their performances in Fantasyland nearing the end of September if not the start of October.

Currently, the calendars for their performances only show times through September.

Another fan favorite scheduled to end is “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History” over in Liberty Square, with a similar lack of scheduling on the Entertainment calendar.

It is rumored that both these Entertainment offerings will be closing on October 6th, 2019, with presentations of the Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Parade being scaled back to just two showings a day after entertainment cuts are implemented.

Other scheduled cuts include the end of Lightning McQueen’s Pit Crew over at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2018 was a big year for cuts in Disney Entertainment, and we’re definitely seeing a similar trend this year. The Red Car Trolley News Boys were canceled amid a wave of cutbacks and hiring freezes at the Disneyland Resort due to low summer crowds this July. Even Galaxy’s Edge opened with just a handful of characters, with frontline Cast Members essentially made to fill in for those roles by performing as “Batuuians” while also fulfilling their usual park ops duties.

Here at WDWNT, we’re huge fans of all the talented live performers and improv artists who help make each park experience a unique one, and regret the loss of these shows greatly.

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Brian Morgan
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Brian Morgan

When they jacked up our annual pass prices this year, they said that they were going give us “more magic.” Now they’re raising a bunch of restaurant prices, including character meals, on October 1st. I guess the attitude is that we’re seeing fewer cows… Better milk ’em harder.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Where do we find these price hikes? We are supposed to do chef Mickey’s and Ohana in December but $55($60) a person is pretty much all I can take.

Vicki
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Vicki

That’s the magic. Higher prices are magically giving us less live entertainment experiences. They started pulling the “equity” performers several years ago from Epcot … starting with the very popular World Showcase Players and the Ziti Sisters. It’s very disappointing to see this trend continuing.

Add to that they are beginning to use stationary cameras at meet & greets instead of live photo pass photographers. Pay more, get less again. The personal experience with the photo pass photographers cannot be duplicated by a timed camera hiding in a bookcase.

SeeVee
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SeeVee

No,no, no. They said, #NowMoreThanEver” That only referred to the cost: it cost more now than ever

Denise
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Denise

Higher prices mean less people are buying. They should have left well enough alone.

SJames
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SJames

This is such a shame. Entertainment is a far cry from what it used to be 10 years ago. I was skeptical of the Muppets in the magic Kingdom but they were truly fun and a definite favorite of my kids. Interesting their appearance did coincide with the reboot of the Muppet babies on Disney Jr. When will management hear us that entertainment makes the park?!! It was why I became a CM, because I had that first experience in a parade at the age of 5! More characters, more parades, less projections please!!!

John
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John

I am crushed the Muppets show is being canceled before I get to see it in person. I am an 80s kid who grew up on Muppets and this was my #1 thing I was looking forward to for our MK day for our June 2020 trip. :-(. Spending a ton on this trip and hate seeing things I like being cut. Maybe we should just spend one less day at WDW and one more day at Universal.

Vicki
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Vicki

You can still see Muppet*Vision 3-D at Studios …. for now.

Rick
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Rick

John my family is going in June 2020 too. Any tips or ideas? With all these cuts is it worth going?

Tom Debarna
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Tom Debarna

Maybe, just maybe the price increase saturation point has been met. It’s certainly not due to the economy. People are still buying but when a value point has been met, people will look elsewhere to fulfill their dreams and fantasies.

Gary
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Gary

Amazing. Prices keep going up, but quality and what they have to offer is going down. All the things that make Disney magical are being eliminated.

Mike
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Mike

This is genuinely unfortunate. This kind of stuff is what made disney world special…

matthew farrell
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matthew farrell

Got to love bobby chapik hes a boy wonder.

Kenneth Munroe
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Kenneth Munroe

What a shame. My highlight at Hollywood Studios was the improv comedy by Citizens of Hollwood and the Department of Public Works. Public Works is gone and the Citizens staff cut. I guess animatronics don’t get health insurance and vacation time so the human entertainment are victims of Bob Iger’s financial plan. This is a very sad trend.

Trader Al
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Trader Al

When the Muppets were first added to the MK, I was skeptical – but I’ve come to appreciate them as one of the more creative additions in recent years.

I love Disney attractions, but the parades and shows are always the highlight of my day. With these cutbacks – and changing trolley to a single show routine instead of seasonal variations – we’re losing something truly special

SplashScott
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SplashScott

I’m finishing a 5 day trip to DW, and didn’t watch one live show. I’m just not interested in live park theatre. I walked into the racecar show by mistake, and there were 20 people tops watching it. The employees beg guests to watch. I think DW is saturated with entertainment to the point that people just shrug and walk on by.

BrianS
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BrianS

What is the true shame is what Brian mentions below. Prices continually rise, yet things go away.
A normal process for sure, but all the money spent on new lands (that seemingly not many want to go to or just don’t have shade in florida), the live entertainment should not be a consideration.
Disney never used to nickel and dime. Since Bob Iger, the NandD have been in FULL swing at the expense of a pricier ticket or a bill for parking your car.

timothy r cochrane
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timothy r cochrane

Is the lack of the muppets show on the calendar really likely this will be cancelled? Wife and I moved here a year ago and have been contemplating buying a home because of our love of the parks, but for us the Muppets History Show is one of those deal breakers, in that it adds so much flavor to the americana of that section of the park it makes no conceivable sense to get rid of it. other than Chapek is a colossal moron.

Dawn Marie
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Dawn Marie

This is heart breaking. Every year, my family and I searched out Lady Llewelyn. She has always been so special to us! I cannot believe she won’t be there anymore. The Cast Members and the Performers bring the true magic. I hope this is not true. If you see this, Lady Llewelyn….your Royal Reindeers love you and will miss you!!

Tom T
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Tom T

Disney does this all the time. It is obvious that summer crowds were lighter so Disney always cuts back on entertainment in the parks. There are constant layoffs in the company that are never announced and reorganizations every year to save money. They didn’t get this big by being nice. They also cut hours for all the staff in the parks and people struggle to pay their rent. Once they do this, they don’t have enough people to staff the minimum and ask everyone to work a 6th or 7th day. It is crazy! I didn’t know the company was… Read more »

EisnersFaultsAreGreaterThanIgersSuccesses
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EisnersFaultsAreGreaterThanIgersSuccesses

Unbelievable. This is quickly becoming no longer the company I cherished. Bob Iger and Co are ripping the soul out of the company.

Marc
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Marc

Random Person: Park attendance is down, how do we get people to come to the parks?

Disney: Offer less and charge more.

We will see how long they can get away with this before Universal opens its third park.

Ed Vaira
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Ed Vaira

Hey, folks…a Big Shock here, but DISNEY IS A GREEDY BIG CORPORATION! Why care about their actual PRODUCT?!!

big john
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big john

i think we should start a live entertainment protection program

Kathy M
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Kathy M

Disney will not be winning people back to the parks if they keep cutting the LIVE entertainment. At this rate, if we didn’t already have a trip scheduled for January, we may not go again.

Caroline
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Caroline

Hey, as long as Iger gets his gazillion a year that’s all that matters right?