I just returned from 5 great days at Walt Disney World... my FIRST trip! We really had lots of fun and I enjoyed being able to explore all the parks. I go to Disneyland here in California often, so it was fun to go somewhere different.
So, of course we had a great time... but I also have quite a few criticisms. After visiting Disney World, I'm able to put in perspective all of Kevin Yee's comments in his "Declining by Degrees" columns.
I most most disappointed with the overall maintenance of the resort. On the surface level, most everything looks nice... but it's the smaller details that Disney is slipping on. Just one example that pops to my head... the exit walkway/escalator at Space Mountain (area with video camera and monitor). This really needs to be updated! I also found the parking lots of all the parks to be in poor condition.... lines and markings are in serious need of repainting in many areas.
Also, the Ticket and Transportation Center is an eyesore... looks very tacky. It seems to me that the main transportation hub of the resort would be much better designed.
At Animal Kingdom, the safari attraction was a disappointment - we saw very few animals. Seems like the attraction is in need of some "refreshment." Also, about the new restaurant that is being built - when did it become ok to let guests see the construction? Why is the wall not taller, as to not take away from the theming??
Epcot is my favorite park... The World Showcase area is well done and it's great interacting with the Cast Members from all around the world. The Future World area of the park is another story. It is very outdated and there are not many references to the future. I didn't have a chance to explore Innoventions. Are they working on revamping that?
Those are just a few of my comments for now. Again, everyone had a good time... but I hate to see them slipping on park upkeep - Not just physical maintenance, but also reinvisioning the parks and creating unique attractions too.