Yeah, it's really all about the potential for DLR as a whole. I think one of the interesting things that I've noticed about DLR is how many Southern Californians actually stay on property now, and if there is more there to do there, this will only increase. I never really thought that the resort aspect would be that appealing to locals before it was built, but I personally know several families that like to do this. I guess people like to feel like they can take a short drive and go to somewhere totally seperate from their everyday life for a few days. It's also a good deal for locals as they can buy an AP use it while they stay on property for a few days, and then come back the rest of the year as well.
I also think that many people at Dis take a lot of pride in DL because of its history and the fact that many of them grew up with the park themselves as kids. As great as WDW is, DL is clearly still the most historic, the standard bearer and in many ways, the flagship for what Magic Kingdom parks should be, and for that reason, I think it should get the attention it deverves. In some ways this is the good side of synergy, it should mean that they recognize the value that indivdual pieces like DLR, contribute to the goodwill and brand recognition that TWDC has as a whole, and why it's important that there is quality in every product that has the Disney name.