There's a ton of back and forth bickering on this topic, and both sides have valid points..but really when you get down to it Walt Disney would NOT have made a seaside amusement pier on the cheap. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story behind Disneyland. Walt was watching his little girls playing at a pier like Paradise Pier, and as he watched them riding the merry go round he thought of how dirty, unappealing, and poorly ran these piers where. Which gave him an idea, an idea of a clean, well kept, theme park where families could enjoy the attractions all together..this idea eventually grew under Walt and his first imagineer's imaginations to become Disneyland. In fact when Walt first brought the idea to his wife Lillian she asked him "really Walt, why do you want to build one of those, they're dirty, broken down, and dangerous" to which Walt replied: "but you don't understand....my park won't be any of those"
So when back in 1999 or so they were announcing Disneyland's second gate I was heartbroken to hear that one of the "lands" planned was a seaside amusement pier. As this was totally against the origins of Disneyland. For the longest time I refused to visit DCA because of this. In recent years they've turned it around a bit. And I've ventured into DCA more. I enjoy alot it has to offer, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Condor Flats, A Bug's Land, and even Redwook Creek, but there's one land that still bothers me.
Paradise Pier. It seems very dissrespectful to Walt and the generations of Imagineers who worked years and years to perfect Disneyland