This is in relation to the Guest Appreciation thread. It asks "Has any guest (that doesn't get to Disneyland as often as we do) ever made you appreciate a weaker attraction by finding all the positives in it?". Some of the responses got me to thinking, and so I decided to start a new thread based on that so that thread can remain open to anectdotes and free from MC's newly rediscovered love of philosophizing.
A couple of posters who I assume never experienced DL as a child answered that there are a couple of rides (like Storybookland and iasw) that are better seen through the eyes of children.
I've been going to DL all my life and, taking Storybookland into consideration, I remember as a toddler being so scared of Monstro -- being convinced that he was going to swallow us up for sure. And I remember seeing Storybookland and being totally convinced that I had entered a Liliputian world of Walt Disney fairy tales.
I was wondering, to those out there whose first visit to DL or one of these attractions was as an adult, do you feel the same wonder that I do when I experience these attractions? As an adult I no longer think that I am sailing around miniturized villages but I still feel that amazwement I did when I first rode the attraction as a child.
Another example is HM. As a child I was convinced that the ride was fully contained within the mansion facade. But even now I still feel as though I haven't left the mansion even though I know I am in some warehouse backstage.
And I wonder if ATIS was still around if I would be as equally convinced that I was shrinking down to the size of an atom. Standing in the queue there was no convincing me that the shrunken atombiles you saw in the microscope were not the same atomobiles entering it. When I recently saw video of it I couldn't believe I thought it was real but it does not exist anymore so I have no idea what my reaction to it would be if it were around today.
So what do you think. Are certain attractions better enjoyed as an adult if the adult was able to experience the attraction as a child? Or do two adults share the experience equally, assuming one of them are experiencing the attraction for the first time?