I just wanted to say something.
Today I had the misfortune of being dragged to one of my local theme parks, Great America in Santa Clara. Great America, which was recently taken over by Cedar Fair, is a complete theme park disaster.
Everywhere you went, you could see into backstage, and I mean EVERYWHERE. Paint was chipping, peeling, and nonexistant in places, the handrails and sidewalks were COVERED with dried decade old gum, and the park was filthy. Even worse, the rides were all in disrepair. All of the rides are rickety messes that aren't maintaned properly, and the brakes screech and squeel like they could go out at any moment. The staff there are rude, slow, and completely inept. They yell, push, demand, and drag their feet throughout their workday, and made my stay completely unsatisfactory.
I am bringing this up, because all of these things made me feel so grateful that there is a place like The Disneyland Resort that makes it their mission to bring a quality experience to their guests. The difference in experience between Disneyland and other parks extends far beyond the lineup of attractions, and extends to the very core of what Disneyland was created to stand for.
I would like to take this opportunity to share my thanks for Disney, and to caution others not to let themselves get too carried away with the minute details and transient flaws that they may experience at DLR. The relatively small issues with DCA, and the isolated cobweb or streak of dirt you may pass on your way to Space Mountain are only noticeable because the park is usually beyond reproach, and in no way can in compare with the complete disaster that Great America, Six Flags, and the hundreds of other "family theme parks" have become.
So please, appreciate Disneyland for what it has brought us, and remember that the alternative is something far more evil, disgusting, and reprehensible than you will ever find associated with the mouse.
That is all....thank you.