The Disney Legacy has always been known for quality, creativity, and imagination. Disneyland Park opened as the first of its kind and introduced a whole new medium in the entertainment and amusement industry.
For over 35 to 40 years up around the time of the creation of the last truly great E-Tickets, Disney decisions were always made for the best of the park, theme, and most of all, quality.
Beginning first with the new Disneyland Presidents of the 90's with Paul Pressler, quality, theme, and the park as a whole began to decline.
Yet through all that, the guests continued to fly through the gates regardless of what Disney fans continued to speak out against as being a lack of upkeep among other problems.
Today us Disney fans are mixed about many new park additions.
It's A Small World, is the value of theme being respected anymore?
Pirates of the Caribbean, why does the most famous theme park attraction of all time need a movie tie in?
FNSV, Does flashy technology make up for the lack of original storyline and detract from the fact that this is yet another movie tie in?
Most recently Celebrate a street party, why on earth would Disney cut parades from its entertainment offering, one of its most famous staples, and leave an unimaginative, very middle quality street party as the only offering for the peak season?
Such things like Celebrate relied on public surveys to see the guest reaction. Obviously it must have been positive as no parade is being performed for the entire year up until this thanksgiving.
We all have different opinions about all of these attractions, but one thing is common among many of these examples, it is nothing like what we were given during the first 40 years of Disneyland history. And these products along with those of the Pressler and Harris period have changed our expectations of the current Disney company.
There is no doubt in my mind that visitors to Disneyland Park always remember the quality, dedication, and imagination that Disney is known for. But it is certainly something they are not getting.
The Lack of stores having individuality.
A churro cart on every corner.
Every Ride with a movie tie in.
Always a tacky publicity campaign.
But the public doesn't care. One customer in an interview with the media on Small World changes replied with this comment, "Everything Disney does is great".
I'm sure we all agree that that isn't the case. And it seems like almost every one time park visitor will have this attitude when they walk through the gates.
Why do they have this attitude? Because of Disney's rich legacy that enthralls us all. Is this Legacy blinding the average guest's view of what is really going on in the Magic Kingdom?
Is the reason we keep seeing movie based attractions and stores with the same plush toys the fact that the public doesn't know the difference and therefore thinks its Disney's best?
Has Disney realized that their legacy is the main draw to the parks and so continue to cut the unique stuff in the parks because they know their main audience won't care if they do?
Why aren't guests angry that the classic Disneyland parade is non existent and all that is being offered to them is this ten minute dance party on tacky and uninspiring metal floats (IMO, but you have to admit they don't compare to previous offerings*)? Do they know of the quality that was exhibited during the run of Parade of Dreams? Most of them don't. So they are automatically tricked into thinking that this is the best Disney can offer, which is sad, because Disney is capable of so much more.
*(To those who will make the argument that Celebrate is not meant to replace PoD, you have to understand that in the broad spectrum, both PoD and Celebrate are street entertainment. Since PoD was given up and Celebrate was the only thing offered, it is the replacement by default. )
If the public can be so easily satisfied by Celebrate as they were with Parade of Dreams, who is to say that Disney might make all of the street entertainment like Celebrate? Costs are cheeper. They are still happy with the product?
Is the public's never ending approval of everything Disney does simply because they are Disney the real reason behind the death of Walt Disney's real Disneyland?