While I guess this thread would apply for all of the Disney theme parks and not necessarily just specifically Disneyland, hearing all the news of the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion and the big unknown new E-Ticket ride possibly occupying the Frontierland arena in DL has left me wondering...
Could Disney possibly finally think back to what originally made Disney Imagineering what it was? Innovative advances in technology? Thinking outside the box with originally-themed concepts? Introducing new things to a ride system that's already been done and translating them into an immersible story whether it's original or movie-based?
Throughout the past decade, I am sure you have noticed the mundane attractions Disney has added that have already been done several times and replaced aged but original attractions with ones that are marketed to only small kids. For example, Stitch replacing Alien Encounter, Monsters Inc. replacing Timekeeper, the Living Seas being tied-in with a Pixar movie, the submarine ride being brought back but with very similar scenes to the Living Seas with Nemo at Epcot.
Now I know they are still stuck in the gear-everything-only-to-children stage for the most part with the Fantasyland expansion at MK and maybe the Cars Land in DCA, but, like I mentioned earlier, looking at the concepts for the HKDL expansion and the possible E-Ticket going towards Frontierland (I know we don't know if it will be original or not but it most likely will since I don't know of any fairly recent film that could tie-in Frontierland.), I'm wondering if they are gradually realizing what Walt wanted Disneyland or any Disney theme park in general to be: "A place where the parents and the children can play and learn together"? Has Universal, opening their Wizzarding World of Harry Potter at IOA, awaken them from their Pixar and "kids-only" slumber and made them realize that Disney needs to work on things more groundbreaking/innovative and possibly original?