That makes sense, except...
Take the past 10 years at Hollywood HHN. There was a definite turning point where the black hallways and box scares appeared - and it was 2015 (This is the End).
Before 2015, you'd be hard pressed to find black hallways outside Parisian Courtyard. And the Box scares were along the lines of the picture scares in La Llorona.
2016 had some more box scares in The Exorcist and AHS. FvJ had both black hallways and box scares.
Then came 2017 and 2018, where we saw the number of both explode.
2017/2018 also had an extra house (7 total, plus TWD attraction and Terror Tram). Prior years had 6. Maybe he was given the same budget in 2017 but had the requirement of an extra house. And then the budget stayed the same in 2018.
But if as you suppose, it was certain scenes Murdy wanted, I'm just not seeing what we got more of (scenewise) in 2017, and 2018 that was paid for by black hallways and box scares.
<Sorry for all the Hollywood talk in the Orlando section, but the Hollywood board is DEAD, and we don't have much else to talk about. I'm hoping it's not too boring...>
I think the evidence for all the hallways and box scares points to budget cutting (or at least budget freezing). And Hollywood is still selling out nights and has big crowds. From management's viewpoint, adding more budget for better houses is not warranted - until people stop coming. So if Hollywood maintained record crowds with a budget freeze, why couldn't Orlando? By that I mean that from the perspective of management, maybe Orlando could add two more houses to handle crowds, but be given the extra budget for one house. A&D can figure out the rest (right team, @Legacy? ). To me, it feels like Orlando has a huge budget, because it's just so damn good.
Not suggesting this will happen, but concerned that it could, since evidence points to that having happened at Hollywood.
I don't know if you've been to Orlando's event, @themazethinker, but seeing first hand how Orlando is just getting so much better and better every year and how Hollywood is running in place (or backward) is just infuriating. I remember the day when it was a coin flip as to which coast did an IP better. No so anymore.