Am I the only one who feels that the bringing in of Matt Ouimet and the massive improvements to the parks were just one element of an elaborate marketing scheme for the 50th in 2005? The whole world was looking at Anahiem that year, and the Mouse wanted the park to sparkle and they would spend no expense to make sure they had a pristine image during that time.
It just feels that now that the world's eyes are turned away from Disneyland following the 50th Anniversary that the park and Disney has lapsed back into the Pressler era of riding the attractions until they fail and otherwise neglecting the park in the same way it was prior to Ouimet coming in and fixing it up for the big birthday bash.
Just look at all of the unkempt parts of the park. It's not until Darkbeer posts pictures of neglect that Disney bothers to fix it. I was on Buzz a couple weeks ago and the entire dividing wall between the queue and loading area is vandalized with paint scraped off. If this were the 50th and TV cameras were everywhere in the park, that sort of thing wouldn't last five seconds. These days, Disney just doesn't care because they think people aren't paying attention anymore.
That was just one example. Go into the park today and you could probably come out with a long list of "bad show" due to neglect and vandalism that Disney just doesn't want to fix because, frankly, they aren't getting the same attention they did four years ago. It won't be long and we'll be right back to 2003 where people are dying on rides and attractions.