I wish Tokyo would advertise more I don't think many people are aware that there is a Disneyland in Japan (at least not the way they're aware of Land, World and Paris)
There may be a certain ignorance about the existance of TDR in the Western hemiphere, but I don't think it is as widespread anymore as you think it is... besides, TDR has always been well known in the pacific rim, including as far as down as Australia and New Zeland. Personally, I much rather not see TDR filled with unruly westeners where people fight which each other for the little things, as opposed to seeing every one behaving well, and be respectful of others, especially when sharing space for parades and fireworks and such as is the case with the japanese guests at TDR.
The only time I saw a person walking around shirtless was a man in a group of US visitors (maybe military from a nearby base??) and I was embarrased because he was totally oblivious of the fact that people were staring at him and shocked at seeing that. Mercifully I also witnessed a CM who appeared out of nowhere within seconds to tell me to put his shirt back on. to that CM.
I'm in a bit of a rush to post and haven't read all the previous posts, but I'll weigh in with my own experience at the Magic Kingdom one year ago.
Overall, the cleanliness of the park isn't too questionable. I found litter here and there, but I hardly took the time to stop and notice. It was just there. But even a tiny amount of litter is shocking for me now considering what I've seen at TDR. As TDLFAN has mentioned earlier, they pride themselves on a sterlization-type of cleanliness. Not once did I find a stray piece of garbage. Most impressive of all was the food service staff. If you want to talk about feeling completely safe about the food you eat you only need look at their uniforms. From head to toe the food servers are covered in completely white garb that resembles what a surgeon may where, complete with face mask.
Getting back to WDW, I think the one thing that bothered me about the Magic Kingom was Splash Mountain. The humid temperature, the smell of garbage and something else I couldn't put my finger on, and an overwhelming sense of "dirtiness" made it the first time I wanted to get off of a Disney ride. Even the maintenance of the ride itself wasn't great. It didn't look impressive sans-TDR impressions, and in retrospect seems like an absolute joke in comparison to an amazingly well-kept Splash out in Tokyo.
But I apologize for praising TDR so much. The park has it's faults as well....like stupidly crowded conditions and line-ups to get into a line-up...but they definitely have the edge as far as maintenance and cleanliness.
^^^That smell is the funkiness from YEARS of sweaty tourists (especially the rubber handles) and absolutely NO cleaning.
Splash Mountain is BY FAR the worst maintained attraction at the MK and has been like that for a VERY long time!
As to the food situation vs. Tokyo, that doesn't surprise me. The MK USED to be so clean my dad would joke that you could 'eat off the ground.' Now, when I am in a quick serve locale it amazes me that the tables always have that grimey, slimey, sticky, not been thoroughly cleaned in a long time feeling.
Worse, I can usually count on at least one Disney meal making me ill per trip.
That never used to happen.
The only ones eating off the floor are the birds. There's a lot of discarded food all over the MK due to the overabundance of food/bev vending carts and the trash it creates for guests to leave behind.
I'm coming to this thread way too late, and don't have much to add. But let me just say this...
WDW is still a special and wonderful place, but the quality of the new attractions has gone down dramatically, as have the maintenance practices, the cleanliness, and the quality of the CMs. IMO, there was a slow decline from 1994 to 1999, but since 1999 WDW has been in a tailspin. The quality of the experience has fallen so far, it will take years of serious effort to bring it back to its former state (and no one in the executive offices seems to want to make these efforts). There are still good CMs and good GSMs but every year there are fewer than the year before. I'd love to see those that care about the integrity of the Disney name rally around WDW, because if you haven't noticed the decline yet, you will in the next couple of years 'cause it's getting worse...sorry to say.