With all the threads regarding maintenance at the resort, chipped paint, graffiti, burnt out bulbs, etc, I got to thinking about the past.
Was the park "picture perfect" in the past? Do we all just have a nostalgic rosy picture in our heads of something that really never existed? Has time clouded our memory? My Mom used to say that at Disneyland if you dropped a napkin on Main Street, by the time it hit the ground a sweeper had it cleaned and handed you a new napkin to boot. Is that the "reality" that we are judging the resort by?
I also wonder if the nature of custodial and maintenice has changed. In 1950 would someone find the need to carve his initials or a curse word into a handrail? Would people be so apt to litter in 1969? Would a parent allow their toddler to literally rip flowers from a planter? (I actually witnessed the last one) Maybe it is more the fault of society, as DL Custodial fights a near losing battle with the behavior of the average theme park guest in 2007. Keeping in mind that the resort is a for profit enterprise, would actually spending the money to win the battle mean financial ruin for the park?
I personally do not see the majority of the stuff that is discussed here on the board. I don't go looking for it, but if I did I bet I would find it. The question is do I want to. Don't get me wrong, there are times I have seen something and thought, "Man, that could use some paint" But then I let it go, because I know that it will be taken care of, and I prefer to have my thoughts and memories of the park center around the fun I have with my friends and family in a place that holds fond, and admittedly idealized memories.
Do I remember spending the day at the park with my Great Grandfather in my teens, or the horrible blisters I got from pushing his wheelchair all day?
My point is it is all about what you choose to focus on.
So I am done rambling. All of this is IMHO.
Thanks for reading this...