Let me start off by saying I have loved Disneyland since I was a kid. I love the rides, the atmosphere and the feeling that I've been transported to other places and times. I never liked the parades, the fireworks or most of the merchandise. I'm somewhere between a "casual" fan and a "hardcore" fan.
On my last trip to Disneyland, I went with someone that is very much a casual fan. She likes to ride the rides, people watch and eat junk food that you only eat because you're on vacation :-)
It was so refreshing to go with someone that didn't have an opinion on Disney vs. Pixar, Tomorrowland now vs. then, "cheap" rides in DCA, etc. She just was there to have fun.
Do you think that sometimes our "hardcore" feelings take some of the fun away (worrying more about what once was or what "could have been")?