When I go to Disneyland, I see it as Walt's Disneyland. Not Pressler's Disneyland, Grier's Disneyland, or Quimet's Disneyland.
That's what I see as the problem with Disneyland today, that there is no respect for Walt's Disneyland.
Sure, it's painted and everything is clear, but there is a theme going on that says, "If the public won't notice that the detail is missing, then who cares!"
The exec's seem to loose mind that the main draw for Disneyland is because it is Walt Disney's Disneyland.
AND THEY DON'T KNOW IT!
They think that the only reason guests come, are for their big marketing campaigns that in reality do nothing. They also think that the only thing that appeals to people these days are Disney characters. They have gotten Ed Grier to think that as well.
It is no longer Walt's Disneyland, because Walt's Disneyland has been hidden behind a false front of mindless campaigns, disney characters everywhere, and "new" technology.
When will they learn that people come for Walt's Disneyland, the little details and traditions that no other theme park company in the world upholds.
Even with the little things happening today like a fake christmas tree or outsourcing audio-animatronics, things where the regular guests won't notice a change is where the problem is beginning to lie. When the park begins to not uphold Walt Disney's original park traditions, you know that we have a problem, because slowly, the park will stop being Walt Disney's park, and the guests will stop coming.
In the end, all I am saying is that the park needs to keep a healthy balance, and that that balance is beginning to slip. Although the park is still wonderful, the park needs to keep technology, franchises, and advertisements all balanced out with the original attractions, sans-character attractions, and theming.
When marketing realizes it and when the Disneyland President realizes it, then Walt's Disneyland will be safe and Disneyland Today will truly be Walt's Disneyland, because there is a perfect balance of everything.