I know that WDW offers Extra Magic Hours whereby a park will remain open longer than the posted hours, but I never knew Disneyland did this. Seems like a good idea on really crowded days (which are becoming the norm).
Longer hours means more expenses are incurred.
More expenses mean more revenue is required to keep profit up.
Perhaps if more revenue comes in on a particular day (whatever the source), TDA can make a game-time decision (6PM or so) to keep the park open later on that day.
Can't close the park earlier than advertised without some blowback, and without a real good reason.
Might also be some kind of agreement with neighbors not to stay open too late. Don't know anything about that.
"Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."
I think Sediment got it right, no extra revenue for the longer hours. While it's summer a lot of the guests are local and need to get home so the parents can get up for work the next day. Keeping the schedule consistent may be easier than adding hours to weekend nights in the summer.
Where as in Florida EMH is a perk to the tens of thousands of onsite guest paring Disney room rates.
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Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.
I think it would make sense for Disney to do a 1 am closing if there's some kind of convention in the Anaheim Convention Center or if there is another big event happening in the area. Basically any time a lot of twilight passes are going to be sold, I'd imagine more people would be willing to spend their evening in the park if they felt they were getting a special summer bonus.
I have mixed feelings about the park staying open late.
I used to work as grave-shift CM in the early 90's. It was fun to see people in the park when I came on shift and walked through the park to my work station. However, we couldn't start working on stage until the the area was cleared of guests. So we lost an hour or two of cleaning time.
When the park stayed opened late, it also usually opened earlier in the morning too. We had to have everything done and ready sooner while having to start later at night. Often we had to cut corners to meet the deadlines.
I know why guests love the park staying open later, but it was harder on the CM's.
Forget longer hours, I'd be happy if everything stayed open until the park actually closed. I've lost track of how many times I've tried to eat at the Cafe Orleans only to be told it's already closed. 8AM - midnight seems good to me, although it would be fun to have them stay open extra late from time to time. Maybe stay open until 2AM on Saturdays during summertime?
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