I may get majorly flamed for this... Let me be clear, though. I don't think the things I'm going to say are applicable to the vast majority of people who frequent this board and who buy into the values that DL represents.
Just got back from living the better part of this year abroad. Went to Tokyo DL, Disney Sea and HKDL several times. Then, went to Disneyland Anaheim last night after getting home a few days ago.
Having been out of the country for an extended period, I really saw DL with new eyes. I have to say it... Compared to the Japanese and Chinese crowds at the Tokyo and HK parks, we are, as a whole, a considerably lower-class lot. My lord, it was honestly shocking, and I don't shock easily. Can't tell you how many times I heard the F-Bomb dropped loudly with no regard for who else might be within earshot. Can't tell you how many times I saw highly innapropriate, over-sexualized behavior. Can't tell you how many times I saw really inappropriate dress. Can't tell you how many times I saw really confrontive, aggressive behavior. Can't tell you how many times I saw and heard really ill-behaved kids go unchecked by any adult.
I've always thought that DL represents the best American aspirations and brings out the best in Americans. If this is the best we have to offer, we're in trouble.
The opinion of Americans and the US in most Asian media these days is that we're a society and international power very much on the decline and that we, by our own doing, are becoming less and less relevent to the international community these days. From what I saw last night, I have to wonder if they might be right.
So to bring it home, I have to wonder if DL should impose some tighter restrictions on dress and behavior. I don't know how DL management would pull this off, given the concerns with attendance and financial solvency. I'm not saying that I think we can reverse this "Fall of the Roman Empire" in the US, so to speak, by cleaning up behavior at DL, but you have to start somewhere. I think it's healthy for a society know and respect that there are some places where they have to adhere to high standards, and DL is a great place to start re-instilling that awareness.
Ok... I'm done.
BTW, Disney Sea... Freakin' amazing. Easily the best designed Disney park. Loved it.