My first trip was in 1986 (I was 5 years old)
I still like Small World, but when I was a kid, Small World was heaven. I just love, love, loved it. Of course, in this case, it's me that's changed, not Small World. Same thing goes for the Jungle Cruise and Toontown.
A lot of my older "good old days" memories of DL come from watching countless specials that showed footage of DL from before my time. This was back in the good old days of the late 80's and early 90's, when Disney had a TV special to commemorate virtually *every* promotion and anniversary. Ah, those were the days .
I miss all the new attractions that were being built in the late 80's/early 90's - even though at the time I didn't go on most of them, and was mad that they were building (what seemed like) so many thrill rides. I didn't go on Splash and Indy for the first time until the same day that I went on Space and the Matterhorn for the first time, so they were all "new" to me that day.
Now, I love the big thrill rides, and hope they build more, but I'm also hoping that the Nemo Subs will be the return of the family E-ticket that they promise to be.
One thing I think was better in the old days was the Electrical Parade being in DL. Maybe it's just what I got used to, but I think it worked better in the setting of DL, watching on Main Street or in Fantasyland.
And I definitely prefer the Country Bears to Pooh.
Also, I never got caught in post-Fantasmic gridlock on Summer trips between 1992 and 1997 (I didn't go to DL between 1998 and 2002). The first (and thus far, only) time I experienced it in July 2003, I had no idea what was going on, but I was informed by a CM "this happens every night."
Yes, and Indy was 12 years ago! 12 years! :o
(I know we got DCA during that time period, but DCA is a seperate park, and even with a one-day park hopper, that's still additional admission, so it doesn't quite count the same . )
With the not enhancing the land or the park as a whole, it scares me a little to think that the Monster's Inc. facade in the middle of HPB might be the future of Disney "theming", but I hope it's just an anamoly .