My best friend's 80 year old father said he feels sorry for our generation (my friend and I are both 39) and my 63 year old mom has said the same thing. Well, what she said is that she envies our generation because we don't know anything else. we're akin to people who have been born blind and the older generations have become blind (ie. we have nothing to miss)
Many of our own immigrants who are even US citizens don't respect the country that has rolled out the red carpet for them. My uncle puts down America and Americans every chance he gets. Granted, he does not live here (he's in France, that says it all). Another friend of mine told me that some people from another country who are US citizens and have been here over 20 years have said that if there were a war between the US of A and their country they would fly back and fight against America.
I read Looking Out Looking in by Ron Adler and there was a section in there where a bank manager said "hello" to one of his tellers and she gave him the cold shoulder. Turns out where she's from if a woman speaks to a man that's an invitation to prostitution. I was 19 when I read this book and even then at that young and stupid age I thought, "she needs to be reminded she's now in America, and she needs to adapt to our culture". I don't mean to come off sounding like the Borg but when you immigrate here you should respect your new host. I can understand the emotional impact of leaving home but don't have the Audacity to expect the USA to adapt to you
Ok having established that:
I think part of Disneyland's success is the fact that it was the happiest place on earth because Americans had more respect for each other back then and most certainly, other countries had more respect for us. The world as a whole was a happier place. I am surprised that the CM's can maintain the happy attitude that they do and I think Walt would be pleased.
Now: suppose Walt Disney had been born fifty years later than he was and started DIsneyland in 2005 rather than 1955. Could he pull it off?