Disney is botching this one big time. No noticeable capital improvement in most of its parks (but a waste of good money "fixing" California Adventure), dramatically increased costs, remarkably less impressive "cast members," and an incessant and sometimes painful insistence that the parks are for kids ... ignoring the core adult consumer who have traditionally (despite Disney's absolute insistence) been the biggest spenders and the most loyal consumers.
Who wrote this? A MiceChatter?
To a certain extent, I agree. Disney IS distancing itself from the adult consumer. Darkbeer's Monday in the Parks column this past week mentioned: "In the first 5 years, Adults outnumbered children by nearly a 4 to 1 ratio based on a 1960 article." -- I'd be curious to find out how long adults had the lead over children. When did the public's view of Disneyland change from all-ages fare, to child's play?
I believe that Disney's embrace of child-friendly instead of family-friendly (there is a difference!) has impacted the park's overall experience, and has the potential of creating deeper, longer-lasting issues. Disney needs to step up its game. Pixie Hollow is nice, seasonal overlays are fun, and new shows are great -- but they need more than that. I disagree that fixing DCA is wrong -- but I could argue that the direction Disney is taking with the DCA fix is questionable.
Disney needs to go back to its roots. As much as they like to throw around terms like "relevance," I think the only thing Disney needs is its own creativity. Let the parks thrive without bogging them down with kid-friendly overlays or franchise additions that cater to kids who encourage their parents to spend on souvenirs.
There's a reason why classic attractions like The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Space Mountain are still around at Disneyland.