The New York Times has changed its policy, and now allows free access to much of their archives online (1923 thru 1980 is still a fee-based archive).
So let's go back and check out some of the comments made.
Well, still not the suffocatingly large crowds, and now most folks pay little or nothing extra to enter DCA, they get it for basically free if you buy many different types of tickets, like the "2 days free" Advance Purchase ParkHoppers in 2008, the "Pay for Disneyland, get DCA for FREE!" SoCal special, or those who buy Disneyland Annual Passes, and get DCA for no extra amount, unlike the original plan in 2000 where they wanted more money for a 2-park AP.
The great variable in this more modestly scaled Disney production will be the crowds, which already promise to be suffocatingly large. (The company projects seven million visitors in the first year.) A two-hour wait in 90-degree heat to get on Soarin' Over California could well dampen some of the attraction's excitement.
But if the throngs can be managed, visitors will be treated to a slightly different experience. Instead of being part of a stampede from one attraction to another, like the old Disneyland (at least for those who go with children), they will be given the opportunity to have some slower-paced fun amid far more handsome surroundings -- all on the assumption that they are willing to shell out what could be hundreds of dollars a day.
But the part of the article that talks about Paradise Pier is a classic...
At Paradise Pier, Disney officials acknowledge that the rides lack the imaginative spin on which the company prides itself -- California Screamin' is, plain and simple, a high-speed roller coaster with a superfast start (0 to 55 m.p.h. in four seconds), and the Maliboomer shoots riders 180 feet in the air and then gives them, and the agitated contents of their stomachs, a momentary sense of weightlessness as the carriages plummet. But officials said they felt the attractions fit into the park because they add some spice to a place that risks, if anything, being too laid back. (You can literally watch bread bake at the Boudin Bakery.)
''We always said we would never do rides sans some imaginative twist,'' said Barry Braverman, the senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering and the park's design overseer. ''We would say, 'That's our competitors' business.' But when you consider the whole design here, it works.''
Well, Barry, guess it didn't work.....
Bring on the Bulldozers!