I do agree with you for the most part. I think in time DCA will be a good to great park. The theme is kinda bad but it is definately workable. The thing that upsets me the most is the lagoon. If they hadnt been so cheap they would have made the lagoon bigger and ready for a water show. This and other areas of short-sightedness do really hurt DCA in the long run. If the right amount of money had been spent in the first place the park ould have been in much better shape and even have more potiential than it does now. Personally I hate the theming of the Route 66 area of DCA the most, but everything else is ok. (PP could use some changes though, the Victorian theme sounds nice.)
I disagree with you about your assesment of Epcot. The World Showcase is a great place for people that dont like rides to walk around and check out the pavilions. It also has some of the best Disney Dining in the world. It is a diefferent type of park and in a down period (give it a couple years and it will be kicking again). I think the tacky rides are on the way out (JIYI is a horrible ride, they need to redo it, you got that right!) and then you will see Epcot live up to its full potiential. I can see how you like DCA better than Epcot, but I don't agree with it personally. Give Epcot 2-3 years and it will blow DCA out of the water just because there is so much potential and alot of the pavilions in FW are either old or unused. Id take: EPCOT
I really do disagree with you about MGM. I feel it is even more of a mish-mashed park than DCA and I believe it doesn't even come close to measuring up to DCA's quality, even though MGM has the better TOT. Besides RRC and Tower there isn't much to do. Indy is good, LMA disappointed me as did Fantasmic! (although at least it is a night show...see lagoon comment above.) GMR was good but needs an update. I think that would help a lot. This park needs new attractions and "placemaking" to make a more immersive envionment. Sunset (RRC, F!, and TOT) and hollywood Blvds are good, but the rest of the park needs LOTS of help. I actually think this is the worst Disney park in America and may be for a good portion of the future. (DCA, imho has more potiential.)
I'd take: DCA
I think AK is a better park than lots of people think. The theming in this park is excellent, and in my opinion the only park that comes close to the quality of the Disneylands and TDS. While there are not as many rides, Safaris is excellent, Everest is ok, Dinosaur is pretty good, and Kali Rapids does it job. It is a small park, but in the setting of Walt Disney World I think they did the right thing. They got the theming right and let the park grow around the theme. At MGM and DCA (less so than MGM) everything is a hodgepodge and while the theming is decent it isnt EXCELLENT like I feel AK's theming is. I feel AK will eventually blow past DCA in quality. The theming is there it just needs the attractions. I'd take: even, DCA for the attractions and AK for the theming and uniqueness.