For those of you unaware, WDW has been running the MK from 8 am until midnight on Christmas Eve for years now (actually 7 a.m. with EMH) but that wasn't always the case.
WDW closed the MK 'promptly at 6 p.m.' and EPCOT Center 'promptly at 7 p.m.' back in the 1970s and 80s and perhaps the very early 90s.
This was so CMs could go spend time with their families much like malls closed and restaurants and the like. It was traditional. Some would say it also was the right thing to do.
Sometime in the 1990s, the parks were pushed open later the 8-10 p.m. time period sounds about right.
But not anymore. Now, Christmas Eve is just like Christmas Day and Dec. 26th and so on ...
Now, DL still closes somewhat early at 9 p.m. with DCA even earlier at 7.
My question is what do you guys/gals think about this? Is it right? Is it fair for CMs to perhaps have to work until 2-3 a.m. on Christmas morning? Is it just an example of corporate greed? (because Disney has no problem closing the park early for hard ticket events)
I started thinking about this a few weeks ago when I saw so many places open on Thanksgiving Day, including grocery stores and fast food outlets. And then those Black Friday sales just keep getting earlier too ... but I digress ... is what Disney doing just an off-shoot of this current environment that says to workers 'you must work any and all days, but maybe we'll throw some extra change your way?'
I'm negative toward all of it ... but I kinda wonder if I'm just a 'purist' who is 'living in the past.'
So, thoughts? ...