Matt Overated? Changes at the top certainly trickle their way down but it has been interesting reading these forums, with soooo many congratulating Matt for 'revitalizing' the park.
First, I'd like to bring this interesting quote from one of Al's updates waaaay back when (1998):
"Also in the meeting, T. Irby mentioned that Pressler wanted him to have the Park "so pristine that Walt would walk down the street proud" by 2001, but that he convinced Pressler that "the 50th anniversary would be a more doable date." [Al's note: What's with not painting the worst areas just for now for goodness sakes?] "
Tagging along with that is another update from 1998:
"At the Entertainment Expo recently, Creative Development showed a diagram of a rigging device that would allow Tink to fly "up" from Frontierland (her current landing position), hover around the castle, then shoot up to the Matterhorn to light the fireworks. If anything replaces the current Tink, it may be something along these lines. I like most propeller heads here online love new technology - but in this case let's hope they keep a fine park tradition going."
Second, Main Street and the castle went under extensive refurb some 9 or 10 years ago? Major work was done on Main Stree facades, such as replacing rotting wood with durable fiberglass. Certainly until recently, the upkeep hasn't been the greatest.
Third, I've noticed that good changes in the park get credited towards Matt, but 'bad' things are directed towards someone else, as if Matt was infallible. Case in point, the discussions of the Dole Juice Bar outside the Tiki Room. The bar (at one point) closed at 5. Who gets blamed? The folks who run foods!
I suppose my point is that there is soooo much currently taking place in the park was in the works long before Matt took the reigns.