In looking at Disneyland and DCA side by side, it is not any contest which most often gets looked down upon. I am curious to one particular aspect of this, in specific...
We mostly all know that as of right this minute (not counting impending/underway construction on Little Mermaid and Radiator Springs Racers), DCA pales in comparison with number of E-ticket/large scale themed attractions. Even when those open, will still be tilted in DL's favor (9 or 10 at Disneyland, 6 or so at DCA). But...what is the big difference in the "small" attractions between parks? And I don't mean, say Tiki Room, or Snow White, or that league....I am talking about the Astro Orbitor here, or the Tea Cups, or the playgrounds and bounce house in Toontown. While themed, they are still basic in concept, along the lines of what you'd see at any amusement park.
Is it that DCA has predominately these sorts of attractions in the second tier (Zephyr, MaliBOOMer, Grizzly recreation area, Bugsland rides) mixed in with a few movie attractions, animation display, and 2 dark rides? The count of..pardon the expression...kiddy rides seems much higher. Is this a matter of perception, since there isn't the range of immersive dark rides of Fantasyland, or even shows such as Lincoln and Tiki Room that use AA technology? The "generic" rides at DCA to me, seem to stand out that much more...is it the sparseness of other types of attractions, or are they truly worse than what is in DL?
Looking at Disneyland, you have two aerial spinner rides (Dumbo, Astro Orbitor), a teacup spinner, a carousel, kid playgrounds, a bounce house..there even used to be a ball pit. Now, these all may well be themed better than average...but all that still screams run of the mill amusement park to me. I don't hate such things, but have no personal use for them. DCA may have more (water splash area, bumper cars, slow moving kiddy train, aerial spinner, parachute jump, two "giant swing" type rides, carousel, drop tower, playground/outdoor activity center), but are they really less in quality overall than what is in Disneyland? I won't argue much for MailBOOMer, but the rest it is pretty obvious they tried to theme things at least to the area they are in, even if not always about California.
Is the issue really contingent about the thematic quality of "dressed-up" carnival rides (which Disneyland also has), or is this an issue of an attraction mix issue....DCA just doesn't have enough mid-level attractions of the quality of Disneyland, and so the lower tier (themed standard amusement park ride systems) takes the place of the C ticket dark ride, in the eyes of the consumer, and the expected quality just doesn't match up to what is across the road? I'd count Monsters, Inc even as well as a lower-tier...it lacks the charm of the Disneyland dark rides (yes, even Pooh is more charming to me).
What say you, MiceChat public?