Walt wasn't afraid of risk. He took the hits because he knew they'd eventually pay off.
Anybody remember all the stories of how Disneyland would be doomed? "Black Sunday," anybody?
Maybe the suits in TDA and Orlando should take a gander at the The First 50 Magical Years film and take notes on how Walt's big gambles paid off. Short-term, short-sighted penny pinching and bottom line padding isn't healthy for Disney business-wise or creatively.