I am new to this wonderful site and have gotten ALOT of info and answers to questions I had about an upcoming visit and for that I give many thanks!
I have a question, not meant to offend or start a war, regarding what seems to be an overwhelming number of negative or concerned posts regarding the state of the parks and how they are standing up over the years. Should I be concerned?
A little about why I ask... A short while ago, the thought of returning to Disneyland anytime soon was about as likely as me going to the moon tomorrow. Wasn't gonna happen. Family, money and priorities other than expensive leisure time continued to get in the way. In other words, life in general! As a kid in Canada, we always watched Disney on Sunday nights, knew all of the characters but the idea of going to where they LIVED was a pipe dream. Then one year, during our annual summer camping trip, we drove to California and were treated to the sight of the big Disneyland sign before we pulled into the Vacationland campground. Once we realized where we were, we went nuts. I was about 9 or 10 at the time, maybe around 1979-80 and my brothers were 6 and 2. It was magical.
Over the years, we moved alot and we ended up living in Atlanta for 4 years, from 1981-85. For 3 of those we were spoiled, getting to go WDW, twice in the summers and once at Christmastime. It was magical.
We ended up moving back to Canada and that was the last ofthe Disney trips for awhile (and as a kid). Fast forward to June of 2000 and my next trip, this time with my girlfriend (now wife) and my first trip to Disney as an adult. I was as excited as a little kid and was able to "leave my worries at the door" and forget about life for a few days. We were able to see the first signs of constructionin the parking lot for DCA and hoped to come back the next year to see the new park. We had a blast. The park was awesome, clean and full. It was magical.
We didn't end up getting back to California but we did travel around a bit (no kids! haha) and in late 2002, spent 10 days in and around Walt Disney World. Once again, we loved it, every part. We even went into and had lunch in Celebration. It was cool. And it was still magical.
Fast-forward 12 years and here we are, on the verge of a visit in April, now with 3 kids, daughter 9 and twin 8 year old boys. We have 4 days in the Disneyland Resort and I couldn't be more excited! (Like a 10 year old kid with and extra 32 years on the clock). It WILL be magical!
I see so many trip reports that are just amazing and I can see the excitement bubbling through every one (Barbaraann and mre200200 come to mind right away although there are many others). On the other hand, there are a lot of people that don't seem to have much good to say. Deterioration, crowding and poor Cast Member attitudes are common themes.
I wonder if folks who visit every few years (to several years in my case!) have a different perception than those with annual passes that can visit pretty much whenever they want? I can't pretend to know what the AP experience is like but can it lead to overload? Can people become jaded if they visit too much? Or has it really changed THAT much in the last 10 years?
Although I don't expect perfection (what ever is really?), I fully expect to enjoy our visit to the fullest and be enchanted all over again and introducing my kids to it will be part of that. I guess I don't want to believe the naysayers and as long as the kids enjoy it and it brings back a little of the magic for me from whenever I visited, I suppose that's all that matters.
Any insight is welcome.
Bottom line is, I suppose if there is anything to take away from reading these forums, it's to take everything with a grain of salt? Or a spoonful of sugar!