When Walt Disney was alive, he had a vision for his park. He was the man in charge and any changes, improvements and additions to the park stayed consistent with that vision. With the exception of Fantasyland, Disneyland was designed with an eye to authenticity. Main Street, Frontierland, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Bear/Critter Country... even Tomorrowland transported you to places that either once actually existed or... with a little imagination... could conceivably exist. Walt stated that he didn't want to fill his park with carnival-type attractions, yet he broke his own rule with Fantasyland which is almost nothing but carnival attractions... albeit very highly themed and unique ones. That's OK, though because children and adults alike have a lot of fun in Fantasyland. It pays homage to the little playground Walt and Diane visited that inspired Disneyland in the first place. And maybe it is also place that could also conceivably exist... if only in your mind. Walt was smart enough, though, to restrict his carnival to a single area behind the castle. Even Bear/Critter Country... though whimsical... has the feel of a real place. Disneyland is more than just an amusement park. It is also a giant museum... history, civics and geography classroom... and science lab. There's a lot of intelligence mixed in with the amusement. You can learn a lot about a lot of topics by just walking around and looking at things. The point of my long ramble is this: After Walt's death, others had to make the decisions affecting the direction of the park. In many cases, particularly during the 90s, the vision became confused and it shows. The basis for new attractions changed from authentic, immersive experiences to advertisements for movies and cartoons. Transports to another time and place were replaced with conveyor belts to a souvenir shop. Fantasyland's carnival began to leak into the other lands. I like Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, but it is a Fantasyland darkride where a vision of the future should be. Pooh is a critter... even a bear of sorts, but his ride is a Fantasyland darkride out of place. I am not against change. I love going to the park and seeing new things as much as I love the old favorites. Recent activity in the park suggests that Walt's original vision has been rekindled. It will take time to erase some of the mistakes of the recent past and perhaps some new mistakes are yet to be made. I would just hope that future changes are within the original Disneyland context. Otherwise, an American Original could become just another mindless amusement park.