Your Forgetting, It Started With A MOUSE!
After reading alot of articals on these boards, I have come to the conclusion that you have all forgot walts idea. That it all started with a mouse. Alot of people on these boards keep complaining that they don't want any more rides to be "Pixared" or to have "annimation themes". Well if that be the case, then Disney might not have ever been created if you were all in charge. Disney started the company with, (gasp) ANNIMATION!, and a small mouse named Mickey. And all of disneys themes of Dreams and Imagination can all be achied thruout annimation.
I think the way that alot of new rides and attractions are being overlayed with new and current disney charecters is smart, because Disney is targeting their future fanbase (your children, the next generation). When Disney was targeting us they used Beauty and the beast and such. It all depends what era you were born.
I know all the classic disney charecters can be applied to the current upcoming generation as well, but if Disney never came out with new themes and attractions then Disney would become stale. Kids don't always like what parents like.
Take older cars for example. Kids don't love old hot rods that you love, they love fast and new sports cars, but then later in life they learn to appriciate and love the older stuff. But it just takes time.
I think Disney knows what they are doing. And if they don't or make a mistake, then Disney fans like US will be around to tell Disney to change. Disney loves and listens to their fans.