In many ways I do think the “Good old days” were better. My first trip was at age 2 back in 1959 and although I grew up in the Bay Area, I took 20 trips to Disneyland before I moved down to Orange County in 1976.
I think back in the days of the ABCDE tickets, the pace was slower and you savored every moment since you only had so many tickets to use. You took the time to view the parades and shows (they were “free”), and the corporate sponsored attractions in Tomorrowland (People Mover; Circlevision; Monsanto; C of P) were also a treat because not only were they free, they were a great place to go on a hot summer day. But one of the things I miss the most was the evenings over in New Orleans Sq., long before Fantasmic! created a nightmarish grid-lock situation every night. I lover going over to the “the quiet side of the park” after the fireworks and just relaxing with some dessert and coffee from Café Orleans or French Market and listening to the jazz quartet and watching as the Mark Twain drifted by. You really felt like you were in New Orleans! It was also a less crowded area to watch the fireworks, the show reflecting off the river. And the bonus was you could practically walk on to Pirates and Mansion! And if you wanted some excitement, just go back over to Tomorrowland for some upbeat music and dancing. Take you pick, you had it all!