Hi folks, it pains me to start this thread. I'm a guy who grew up going to Disneyland (first trip: 1969, age 4, about a month after the opening of the HM) and seen the reverance for DL grow over the years. WDW also gained a great deal of respect from the time it was launched in the early 70s, both resorts eventually setting the theme park standard -- and a high standard indeed!
I won't rehash the history lesson, so let me cut to the chase. In more recent years, it seems like Tokyo Disneyland Resort has stolen the thunder of the U.S. resorts. I haven't visited Tokyo, but many on these boards have raved about the resort and declared it superior to WDW and even DL! How can this be? DisneySea in particular opened just a few years ago, and supposedly surpassed venerable Disneyland, despite DL's decades long head start. Does this make any sense?
From what I can gather, the stewards of TDR (the Oriental Land Company) are determined to be the best, and thus reinvest freely and heavily in their parks. Meanwhile, the suits running the U.S. resorts seem to be more concerned with draconian budget cuts, skimping and cutting corners. I'm not saying that the fans of the Tokyo resort are necessarily right. What I am saying is this: why can't the executives running the U.S. resorts adopt the same high standards of constant reinvestment and improvement? Are they content to let overseas upstarts show them up? Are they not aware of the competition nipping at their heels? Why do we have to put up with executives who seem to want to get away with doing the minimum? Are they squandering the sterling reputation of the Disney name, one of the most powerful brands in the world?
As I said right off the bat, it pains me to bring all this up. I do love the parks, but anyone can see they can and should be better, and still the reinvestment dollars trickle in, at a painfully slow rate. No matter how much we complain, the company pinches the pennies. I, for one, feel like I've been on my knees since I joined MiceChat, constantly begging them to do the right thing and reinvest in their parks. I'm starting to wonder why I bother. Am I the only one who is fed up with the current state of affairs?