I joined MiceChat a couple of months ago, with very little idea of what the community on here was like other than that they were Disney park fans, but I came to realize quickly that I am one of the younger members on here. And more than that, I came to the realization that, because I was born during the time that Paul Pressler was CEO of Disneyland, with Michael Eisner taking control of the company and parks as a whole, there is a part of DLR that I have never experienced and never will, while many of you have. I'm not just talking about defunct rides or attractions or knowing what it was like to get into the park for $10 (still can't wrap my head around that), I'm talking about when there was no incentive to build everything based on a movie, when the park was always changing while keeping the things that worked and were loved, when perfection was always the goal and you couldn't take the easy or cheap way out if it avoided that.
That's what I've been told what the park was like before the Pressler era, and of course I've heard all the criticism of the park's current state, of how it might no longer go back to its "glory days" when Walt or his original Imagineers had control of the goings-on. The closest I got to living the golden era (and the decline of it) was The Country Bear Jamboree; it was my favorite attraction when I was little, and while I loved Winnie the Pooh as well I never understood why he had to leave the Hundred Acre Wood and evict Henry and Liver Lips and the rest from what I thought was their home. As you can imagine, the Country Bears movie only made things worse.
So my question for all you folks is, what exactly do you think of us kids who were born in the late 80s or 90s who never really got to live that Disneyland of yester-year? Do you think there's any hope in us experiencing a different Disneyland? Is there even a point to it - we've already grown up with and learned to love the park as it is today, and I think I still will even after reading about how even more amazing it used to be. And do you have any ideas as to how the "Pressler Generation" might react if the park suddenly (or gradually) started acting like it's old self - not going backwards in the history of the rides, because that's not what the park was meant to do, but what if, say, we went ten years without a new ride or attraction based on a pre-existing franchise? Just completely original ideas, or perhaps based on novels or fairytales but no current movies, shows, or video games made by Disney or any of its partners? Do you think they would like it? Hate it? Would they even notice the change or care about it at all?
(For the record, I would like to see original ideas mixed with a few really thought-out, well-done rides based on a few really good movies or shows that everyone can enjoy. But then again, I figure most Disney fans born in the 90s do not research Disney history in their spare time or only vaguely know who Paul Pressler is.)