I just love Cuzco and E-ticket...
Ok, now its my turn: My 90 year old grandmother just renewed her own AP, and we generally take her to the park two or three times a year... in her wheelchair. We have never had any trouble getting her from the parking structure to the parks. She's in a wheelchair, for crying out loud; expect it to take a little longer. And the CMs are always amazing. Be patient people, or slow down on the coffee on the mornings you're headed to the park.
Visualize how many people, total, are generally waiting in front of you to get on the monorail. Now, think how long you usually have to wait for your train. With that freshly in mind, now remember how many people were waiting, in total, to get on the tram in front of you, and how much shorter of a time there was between trams than between monorails. Do the math; you'd be waiting for an hour to get on the next monorail to the parking structure. Same with a peoplemover system. And as someone pointed out above, this is Disneyland, not an airport, and the dynamics are different.
Place the parking structure next to Downtown Disney??? One of the major reasons the structure is where it is is because if it was anywhere closer to the park, or to DTD, it would literally LOOM over the park and be visible from inside the berm (and you'd love that, wouldnt' you) and/or be completely out of scale with DTD. That parking structure is HUGE. Talk about something that would infuriate Walt...
I remember the old lot, too, with mixed feelings. I miss the "nostalgia" of it and the memories it triggers, but I also remember waiting around while completely full trams passed by me. And I remember choosing to hoof it instead of waiting... on very tired, sore feet. If I can't make it from my car (even from the far, far corner of the structure, where I have indeed parked on occasion) to the tram plaza and back again, then I have bigger concerns I need to be worried about.
That long, beautiful, tree-lined road to the DTD station? You know what? It makes me feel like I'm leaving my car (and the associated world) behind; when I get off the tram I'm in a completely different world, in a completely different environment. That road helps create a sense of distance, of space, between one world and another, even if I can see somewhat through the green mesh. Cluttering it up with billboards would only make it feel like the freeway I just got off.
And getting out of that structure is a BREEZE compared to a lot of parking structures I've had to battle my way out of. They did a terrific job; my only problem is trying to merge over a quarter mile so I can turn right on Ball when I leave. But I can live with that, compared to the one solid hour I waited to get out of a structure on USC after a game.
My vote with the trams? "No problem with them!"