No, they're realizing they're some trouble and they're getting cheap. Same thing happened to Ursula, and the domes in WOC, and several effects that used to be in Remember Fireworks, and is CURRENTLY happening with the carpet in Aladdin that should've only take a few days to repair. Pretty much the entire revamp of the show has been a failure. The croc came out on time, but the head and arms didn't work, the dragon showed up 3 months late and now the eels are being axed.
also, who said the show was outdated? I just want them to maintain it. Every time I see it, Mark Twain doesn't work, or the Mickey doesn't appear below at the end, or they cut most of the fireworks from the finale, or only two barges come out for the Princesses, or some other thing. I haven't seen the whole show work in longer than I can remember. Every audience deserves to see the SAME show. Things happen, of course. It's not gonna be 100% every time, but lately they don't seem to care. It feels like you're more likely to see something not work than the whole show.
We don't know what is really going on behind closed doors and it's not reasonable to be making so many assumptions that "Disney doesn't care." There are reasons behind everything. It could be budget, priorities, staffing, safety and so on.
Fantasmic is fine the way it is and I agree, people who have seen the show over and over and over and over are the ones that are really complaining. The people who travel to a Disney park for a memorable vacation are the ones Disney is REALLY catering to... not the APs.
i agree ^ i saw Fantasmic! alot this summer and really the only thing they had not working for awhile was the ending pyro and that was only for a week and it was back to normal. Fantasmic is such a complex show, is has so much, really there isn't a show like it. and i would say they get it right about 80 percent of the time, that's pretty darn good