This is NOT a negative, snarky post, so please don't flame. I haven't seen the new stuff in person, but I have a sincere question and hope for sincere answers from those of you who HAVE seen it all.
If you're not a Disney history geek and don't know anything (or don't particularly care) about those early days, so that the names "Hyperion" and "Cathay" have no magic in them and mean nothing to you—in other words, if you're a typical guest, then...
Is the new area visually interesting? Just looking at the photography, it looks like a lovingly and perfectly recreated chunk of Los Angeles from the 1920's, but . . . what was so beautiful or interesting about LA in the 20's? I see bland mission architecture and drab, washed out color (beige, or BEIGE as someone else put it). If someone just showed me a cropped section of the street scene in a photo, and I didn't know it was a brand new historical recreation at a Disney park, it would be a very uninteresting photo to me.
Is there something magical when you're there that doesn't come across in the photos and doesn't depend on some kind of immersion experience in "Disney history" before it grabs you? I'd like some feedback on this question.
(And of course, apologies if this has already been brought up and I've overlooked it.)