I actually have a little bit of sympathy for the eye transplant. Madame L's eyes look fine to most seasoned Mansionites, and especially so if they're old fawts like me. But I suspect that to someone who is new to the HM, and particularly if he/she was born sometime after the 70's, her eye makeup looks very 1960's.
To me, Irvine's eye makeup looks close to the original, but just different enough to stay out of the 60's box. Now, that's just my opinion. Who we need to hear from are (1) some younger members, and especially (2) some of our female members, who are well-positioned to tell me if I'm fullavitt. It may be time for some of you lurkers from the estrogen side of the scale to come out of the shadows.
Here are some shots of WDW Leota with the Irvine eyes.
What I don't buy is the official explanation for the change. Supposedly, they just happened to film Kim Irvine doing the spiel for some mundane reason or another, and they liked the way her eyes looked in the performance so well that they just decided to splice them in.
Puleeeze. That's a lot of messing around with a central HM icon for such a frivolous-sounding reason. And who approved the budget for that? It's more believable to me that they thought the eye makeup on Toombs looked dated, but they didn't want to sound even remotely critical of her in any way, lest the wrath of HM fans descend upon them like a cloud of killer bees. People are sensitive about these things.
Now, for the sake of argument, let's grant that they were right about the eye makeup and that there was a need to fix it. Under those circumstances, it's hard for me to think of a more delicate and respectful way to do it than the mother-daughter thing, especially since Kim is a bona-fide Mansion Imagineer in her own right.
So there's the other side of the argument for yuzz.