I was going to hold off on this, but after seeing some recent posts, it seems as good a time as any.
You can call it new management, or departure of old management, or overdue and high time, or whatever you want--but let's take inventory of everything that happened for the 50th.
Virtually every building repainted and restored, sometimes with dramatic effect. New castle paint job, new TL paint, Main Street, the RR station, Tiki, etc.
New locomotive for DLRR.
One new ride for sure in TL (Buzz), and the promise of another, Nemo, and maybe the return of People Mover (speculation)
The new movie on DL's 50th with Steve Martin and Donald Duck. If you've not seen this, or the exhibit, don't miss it. It was the first thing we saw in the park.
Redone Tiki Room. Gone are the clacks and the old muddy sound track, and you can even see the birds breathe. Just as good, you can now sometimes get a Dole Whip. Woo-hoo!
New segments on the Jungle Cruise, and new greenery, and you don't see the Indy queue any more
POC has been spruced up, and they jazzed the water cannons.
Haunted Mansion has the new effect in Leota's room, and some new painting effects.
The Columbia was rebuilt, and I even saw it being used on ROA Saturday, the first time I'd ever seen that.
Splash got repainted, they added the new logs, and spruced up the AA's.
We got a new parade, with some very good creative innoventions. If you don't like the parade, let me at least gently suggest it was far better than the Parade of the Stars ever was, or whatever Paul and Susan were planning to foist on us.
We got a new fireworks show. Not that the old one was bad, but this is spectacular, and the use of the "cart" and wires to control Tink's movements and flight (borrowed, to an extent, from Aladdin, et al) is in a word, brilliant. Eight thousand people packing into the hub area night after night can't be wrong.
I'm sure I've missed a few things.
Whatever the reason, whoever the reason, whether they're there, or not there anymore, more has happened in the past two years to and in Disneyland than at any other point in recent memory. The park is simply fantastic. Expensive as it is/was for us to go, we had the time of our lives, and I left feeling I got good value for my dollar.
Sure, we can always ask for and expect more, but as far as I'm concerned, they did a pretty darn good job, where we could have gotten next to nothing at all!