BUT, I do somehow feel things are dumbed down quite a bit. Disney seems to be pouring money in some truly impressive rides and theme, but something feels empty and vapid. I can only explain by way of example:
I 100% understand why Disney brought in Starbucks but no one is going to visit DL just so they can get a cup of coffee they can get on any corner in America. For me, Disney coffee has been notoriously awful for a long time (seriously, you can invent animatronics but can brew a decent cup of joe in the 21st Century?!?!). How hard would it have been for DL to create something unique in the new Starbucks spot? Not hard at all. And I am well aware name-brands have been in the park before; I understand that. This seems so lazy not in execution (it looks nice enough), but lazy in regards to ingenuity or originality. How about creating a coffee shop with an original name and theme? Create a story behind it? Oh, and good coffee!
I have other examples but there's just something not there. We have the "ooooo's and aaaah's" still left but not that same heart. It's still very fun, but not as engaging as it used to be.
And I think that's the word I've been looking for all along; engaging.
But the product, even with the minimized engagement, is still a very unique product. It will be a while before Disney becomes un-Disney in the eyes of most consumers. For some, we're already at that point and those individuals would likely be called foamers by other communities. I am not at that point but I most certainly would not begrudge someone that opinion. I'm not arrogant enough in my opinions to do so.