I've noted the debate about the AP program.
My take on it may seem slightly off. After being an AP and a CM I've developed this thought. I think of Disneyland like I think of my local beaches. For those who live right on the beach, go everyday, they might see the beach as polluted, overcrowded, dirty and basically not worth walking down to. For people who don't live next to the beach, the beach is fun, exciting, and they cherish every moment. I see Disneyland in the same light. The more you go the less the magic rubs off on you and the more you notice the little things. Someone who goes 2 or 3 times a year will do everything they can, cherish every moment, take every picture and buy all the souvenirs they can. Someone who goes every week, or multiple times a week, might skip a ride or pass on an opportunity because "I can do that some other time!". So... if Disneyland closed it's gates, would you cry? Would you be devastated because you lost a special place that you only saw a couple times a year? Or... Would you be upset and annoyed that you lost your local hangout spot?
---------------------Edit----------------------- I think most missed the actual point of this thread. Value what you have, because in a flash it could be gone. Sometimes people are so wrapped up in the small stuff that they completely miss the bigger picture. There are lots of people who would LOVE to be close enough to Disneyland to see it on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. Their experiences are limited to the few times a YEAR that they can actually visit the park. I read so many complaint threads, I'm just as guilty, and I thought we needed a bit of a reality check.
The inspiration for this thread was a 101yr old woman who rode Jungle Cruise. She was from South America, and her whole family came up for the celebration. She REMEMBERED hearing the opening of the park on the Radio. At 101... it was her FIRST TIME actually being in DISNEYLAND. Her eyes were just as wide the ones of as her great great grandkids with her! She didn't notice the peeled paint, faint graffiti, off themed places or sticky tables. She saw magic... she felt magic... and she walked away with some amazing memories because they went on EVERYTHING they could in the short time they were there! Value what you have... that was my point!
I also posted this later on but it was buried because not everyone reads that far, I'm just as guilty... so I put it here!