I can see Kevin's point, but I have to disagree with his article in some ways. With all of that land available in Florida, it makes perfect sense to make it a complete vacation resort destination. They're trying to copy that model in Anaheim and they just don't have the land to pull it off. While EPCOT, AK, and the Studios are closer to "civilization", they're not right off 192. And of course you have that sprawl out there in Kissimmee and on International Drive. Hotel owners are going to put their properties as close to Disney World as they possibly can, that just makes sense. Same with the Crossroads shopping center. But once you get onto Disney property, there seems to be an order to the sprawl. It's a noticeable change, at least from my experience.
As for the parks, of course there's going to be a focus on the other parks. MK and EPCOT were for the most part fully developed parks when opened. EPCOT has undergone some retooling to add more E tickets, but the Studios and AK were not fully developed when opened, and need to add more attractions to draw guests to those parks. While Buzz and PhilHarmagic are not thrill rides, they are still well done attractions and have made nice additions to the park.
It makes complete sense to add more attractions to underdeveloped parks like AK and the Studios to draw more visitors to those parks, especially day visitors. I'm not sure how many visitors to WDW buy 1 Day, 1 Park tickets, but I assume a higher percentage would choose MK or EPCOT over the other two parks.
Personally, I applaud Disney for building wonderfully themed hotels, two great water parks, Downtown Disney where there are things to do at night and outside the parks, the nightclubs at the Boardwalk, mini-golf, and other recreation activities so guests can choose to make it a complete vacation experience if they want. I've been to Islands of Adventure shortly after it opened and enjoyed it...but how many new attractions have they opened? The last couple I can remember (Men in Black and the Mummy) went to their Studios park.