I was doing some late night internet browsing, and I read a very brief entry doing a basic overview of the mismanagement of Disneyland and soon-to-be Disneyland Resort with the inclusion of California Adventure Cynthia Harriss and Paul Pressler from the mid-90's to early 2000's. It was a short run but the consequences could be felt years later. In my half awake/half asleep mind, I began to think back to both posts I have seen on the forum as well as personal memories from my visits to the park. While that era is behind us and the new management has taken some big strides forwards, the past is still lingering in the present.
For example, we all know when California Adventure was made, it was made as cheap as possible and was a very dull partner to coincide with the original Disneyland Park. In the years after its opening, especially when the new management was in place, DCA has seen major strides in a bight direction. It saw the new brilliantly themed lands of Buena Vista Street and Carsland, the re imagining of theming with Grizzly River Run's old theme of extreme sports to a 50's national park theme, and even the inclusion of some much needed dark rides (While not astounding, still much needed in a park like DCA.) They also started fixing and cleaning up rides, making them look presentable again. They even redesigned some rides to still retain their original premise but look fresh and crisp for a new generation (Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain are two rides that come to mind.)
However, while the new management is taking two steps forward, the old management still remains taking things a step back. There are many attractions that will never see the light of day, and some attractions surfaced that should never of even seen the light of day, quite frankly. Park maintenance is also still an issue in some areas. Some walkways need repair, and some repairs look downright ugly (Main Street USA's street. I mean, look at it! That is if memory serves me correctly.) While a lot of buildings are being repainted, there are still many areas that scream for a dire repaint from either fading, chipping, or peeling. And some animatronics just seem to be constantly broken or turned off that whenever you pass by them, you start to bet in your mind the odd of it being broken/off. (My mind constantly thinks of Splash Mountain's final showpiece with the giant steamboat.) And that's only part of the whole ordeal. There's the commercialization of the many shops losing much of their unique merchandise in exchange for more generic stuff. Not to mention the store shop windows along Main Street and especially Buena Vista Street losing much of their original charm and characteristics in favor of just cramming in as much merchandise as possible. Just commercialization as a whole seemed to pop up everywhere, removing much of the charm. Many of these issues would never of been an issue, or at least be very minute issues before the mismanagement.
So while the new management is going towards a brighter future, the mismanagement of the old management could still be felt today. How long do you think it will take for Disneyland Resort to recover from the past? I know we can never return to how it was before, but I mean about as close as we can get. That is, IF you believe the parks can recover. It's a very open ended question with no definite answer until the time actually comes. Could be next week, could take a whole generation, or maybe even a lifetime to recover! Or never at all...I want to hear your takes on it.