Before I start my post, listen to this song while reading, it may help enforce my point.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urxGJRu1pRY]YouTube - Avenue Q-For Now[/ame]
I hate using an over-used quote, but I can't resist:
"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
The reason I shared this with you all for probably the one thousandth time is because it's true. Would Disneyland still be open if it was EXACTLY the same as it was in 1955? Probably not. Who would want to visit a theme park that hasn't changed since the day it opened? Thanks to Walt and his Imagineers, the park has remained open for as long as it has. It continues to be and still is a labor of love, and a long-lasting reminder of dreams coming true and wishes being granted.
Where else in the world can you soar amongst the stars from the safety of a roller coaster? Tell me where one can find a place to fly to Neverland or travel through a haunted mansion where ghosts materialize before your very eyes? Or how about walking from Hollywood to Switzerland in a matter of about ten to fifteen minutes? Excluding any knock-off park of Disneyland, tell me where one can do these things.
In my opinion the theme parks of today (Minus Universal) are just a sad reminder of things to come. There will probably be a day where Disney theme parks may also host a skyline of spilled-spaghetti and broken wires (Meaning roller coasters). But times must change. Disneyland was intended to be a family park, and still is. If there is a huge demand for thrill rides by pretty much every family in the future, then that's what Disney will give. No matter what you do, there is no way you can stop anything from changing. Nothing lasts forever.
Now there are some things they are doing down in Anaheim that might be considered "wrong." I agree with you on some of these. But there's practically no use in arguing over them and complaining. We can't stop the removal of the balconies or the waterfalls. We can't stop Carsland from being built or renamed. We can't stop the yearly park promotions that some of us may or may not like. Disney does things their own way nowadays, whether they take their fans into consideration or not. It's a really big company and it needs money to survive, as we need air. If it doesn't "breathe" in enough money to survive...then we don't have a Disneyland...unless Cedar Fair buys it...*shudders*...What I'm saying in my very pointless argument is, there's no use talking about what's right and what's wrong. Disneyland is always going to be changing. Thirty years from now our descendants will probably be discussing in a thread very similar to this one about the multi-billion dollar refurbishment for the resort's third theme park and the neglected status of the Little Mermaid ride. Or the addition of 3D technology to the Haunted Mansion. Yes they won't like it...but what about the following generation? Will they complain when they decide to remove the 3D from the Haunted Mansion? Probably. That's what they grew up with, and that's what they want to see. BTW, all those references to attractions in the future was purely made-up.
Disneyland and the rest of the resort are a pure work of art, painted by the brushes of imagination. While some areas lack more imagination than others, each and every place was dreamed up by someone, including the trash cans (I'm talking to you Push). There is nothing we can do to stop change. Everything is for now. Always.
Yes I know I'm an idiot, you don't need to tell me up front, lol.