I’ve seen a few posts around dismissing criticism of certain additions because “it’s for the kids” or “it’s just a cute kids ride anyway” or “my kid likes it.” I don't mean to discount your opinions or those of your kids, just thought this was an interesting topic to discuss .
In all the countless retellings of the “Walt taking his daughters to ride the merry-go-round” inspiration story, I have never heard that Diane or Sharon were in any way dissatisfied with the merry-go-round in Griffith Park. It was Walt, stuck on a park bench with a bag of peanuts, who wanted “a place where parents and children could have fun together.”
Also, we all know the story about an animator during a screening of Bambi saying, “I think the kids will like it,” and Walt disliking the remark. I have seen it argued that while Walt had this philosophy while making films, he suddenly abandoned it while planning his theme park. (I disagree with that, of course.)
Family attraction means that every member of the family can enjoy it, including the kids, but not exclusively them. There’s no reason to assume that adding more immersive theming, more detail or better technology is going to make kids enjoy the ride less. And it is just possible that they will see the difference and enjoy it more.
Of course, from time to time there will be attractions that skew a little younger or a little older. But I don’t see why Pooh, a franchise that is popular across multiple generation gaps, should be the one to get the “cute ride for kids.” Nor why the Pixar films, which deal with many “grown-up” topics, should have rides aimed squarely at children. I’m not saying they all are, I actually rather liked Monsters Inc. and haven’t ridden Nemo yet, but the argument is often put forth that Buzz and TSMM had to be video game like in order to please “the current generation.”