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Old 02-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #61
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EMH - just one "tool" in Disney's bag to maximize ride/shows/food/shops

I see how the FP+ (with long range "planning" needed) and RFID bracelets ties in well with the 2013 Disney special "promotion" where they will plan special events once a week at a park. To make money, since that is their business, they need to maximize use of current rides, shows, restaurants, etc. So with eventually more people having to plan ahead they will build up their information. They can then help shift crowds to spread the load better. I could see this meeting less long range schedules for EMHs. I bet as they develop more awareness of who is planning to go to what park that some of those special weekly events will "pop up" in parks where they need to drive more people. I can't find the post now but as someone else pointed out -- imagine, for the good and the bad, how the RFID will be used to shift people around. Say a greater than desired capacity of people are near Space Mountain+ based on RFID info then something (smaller pop-up event, more characters, $1 off a cotton candy) will help pull some people elsewhere in the park. That's good in helping to keep people moving but a little creepy but then again so many people don't mind the info they are giving to Facebook,Google, etc. So I bet something like EMH lives on but becomes a more flexible tool.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #62
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OK...took it upon myself to call and check with WDW directly. I talked to Paulie in Guest Services and she was so sweet. She said she cannot see WDW doing away with EMHs and has not heard anything about them going away. She's not sure why the September calendar is not out, but she said it may have to do with the scheduling for the MNSSHP.

Hope this calms some people down....I know it did for me.
I honestly do not mean to be snarky. Promise

I am surprised however with all your posts and the length of time you have been on the disboards that you would believe that someone in Guest Services is in the "know" when it comes to this? Like the PP mentioned the employeeson the phone are usually the last to know. I can not tell you how many times many of us talk to guest services and get frustrated that we are more informed than they are. It is frustrating and I learned long ago calling does not mean much. We just have to wait and see. Change though is inevitable in all things.

This is the rumour board so I would not get to anxious yet!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:36 AM   #63
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So that would mean the only real advantages to staying onsite would be Disney transportation and the ability to have packages delivered to your room---as though THAT would be enough to draw guests to Disney hotels????
It used to be the Dining Plan being available was a perk. It is obvious by your posts and many others like it the value is no longer there and is no longer a perk. I thought it was interesting.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #64
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I seem to be alone here: I really don't care about EMH. My family has stayed onsite twice and have never considered using EMH. When we're on vacation it's early to bed and late to rise. We never tour commando. We make a vague plan, wake up when we wake up, wander to the bus stop whenever we're all ready, do what calls to us at the moment and head back to the resort before we get too tired to have fun. You might not be surprised to hear that I still have a Disney bucket list as long as your arm and then some, but we'll get it all done eventually.

It's nice to know that EMH are available just in case we wanted to burn the midnight/sunrise oil some day. But it wouldn't make a difference to our plans if they disappeared. Am I totally alone in this? Yeah, I thought so. Reading these boards I've realized that we're far too lazy to be DIS people.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #65
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On one hand, I would be disappointed if they are gone. It's not merely about being able to ride the rides a little bit longer, it's also about simply being able to stay inside a little longer. Getting inside an hour early just makes the place all the more fun.

On the other hand, with the evening EMH, the time I was able to use these, the places were dead. Yeah, it was a perk being able to get onto rides as easily as the FP line, but the crowds were so thin, the parks felt closed. When in the MK I felt like I was staying inside the park after being told to leave and EPCOT left me feeling like I was wandering back alleys alone in a strange city. I found myself second-guessing whether I had the right park on the right night.

Based on my 2009 trip, I could certainly see them removing the evening hours. But the morning hours should stay.

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It used to be the Dining Plan being available was a perk. It is obvious by your posts and many others like it the value is no longer there and is no longer a perk. I thought it was interesting.
Quite. I felt like got the money's worth on the DDP on my last trip. Since it took too much time away from the parks to make it to certain table meals, I was looking at the quick-service plans for my next one. The savings just aren't there. I think I could do better OOP.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #66
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On the other hand, with the evening EMH, the time I was able to use these, the places were dead.

I've always followed the strategy of avoiding the evening EMH park. So really have never attended one. The strange thing is, I've seen tons of posts saying the same thing as the quoted line above and as much or more saying that lines were just as long during evening EMH as they were during the day. There really seems to be some level of unpredictability to them - I'm guessing outside of the real peak times. So maybe they could cut them only during the traditionally "slower" times - although recent reports suggest those really do not exist any more.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:16 PM   #67
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A nice user on thedibb.co.uk provided me with a link for the September 2013 calendar which has just been released. Does this confirm EMH isn't being axed this September?
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Sorry here is the link.

http://media.disneywebcontent.com/St...endar_sept.pdf
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #69
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EMH is definitely still listed on the September 2013 TA Calendar.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:01 PM   #70
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:24 PM   #71
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A nice user on thedibb.co.uk provided me with a link for the September 2013 calendar which has just been released. Does this confirm EMH isn't being axed this September?
I just looked at the September calendar and there are definitly EMH listed! Hooray! So....EMH getting axed is just a rumor.....at least for September anyway
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #72
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Not related to EMH...but does it seem odd to anyone else that Fantasmic! is scheduled every single night?
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #73
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I'd hate for them to get rid of EMH. It's a great advantage for those of us who don't mind getting up early and getting to the parks to take advantage of this perk. This is especially true if you can park hop. Take advantage of the morning EMH and then get out of there around lunch time and back to another, hopefully slower, park in the afternoon.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #74
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I always found the Evening Extra Magic Hours pointless. It's almos the same as during the day except they make you show your room card before entering the line. I say they should bring back E Ride Night.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:12 PM   #75
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September hours are up with EMH so at least they aren't being axed just yet.
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