From 1 October 2017 the changes will see Extra Magic Hours reduced from two hours to one, but will see both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios open at the resort between 09:00 – 10:00 exclusively for Disney Hotel guests and Annual Pass holders.
In the Disneyland Park five attractions in Fantasyland will be open: Le Carrousel de Lancelot, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and the Princess Pavilion.
At the Walt Disney Studios – Park Ratatouille: The Adventure and Crushe’s Coaster will be operating.
Previously the Disneyland Park was open from 08:00 – 10:00 for Disney Hotel guests. With the general admission allowed into Main Street U.S.A. at 09:30 and the Walt Disney Studios Park opened to guests at 09:30. This gave onsite Disney Hotel guests the benefit of two hours additional park time each day.
The news of the reduction in EMH hours has caused considerable concern and outrage to many Disneyland Paris fans and holiday makers, who have already booked their holidays at the resort. With many complaining that they are effectively loosing four hours Park time during a five night say.
The recent decision to remove hotel breakfasts from the cost of standard rooms in Disney hotels and now the reduction in EMH will surely make many guests consider the benefits of staying at a onsite Disney Hotel in the future. Especially when much cheaper partner hotels are just a free shuttle bus ride away.
The reduction in EMH are the first major budget cuts seen at the resort since The Walt Disney Company took control of Disneyland Paris in June 2017 after they were successful in their Cash Tender Offer, squeezing out the small minority shareholders of Euro Disney S.C.A.
With persistence rumours of reduced Halloween and Christmas seasonal entertainment offerings at Disneyland Paris this year, many fans and regular guests have started to worry that the much hyped takeover of the loss making Paris resort by The Walt Disney Company which many fans had hoped would see major investment and improvements to the parks may not materialise.
Unfortunately this does appear to be the case, and the introduction of these reduced Extra Magic Hours I fear are just the start of major budget cuts at Disneyland Paris.