Re: Disney World Fans that "tried" Disneyland
As an east coast kid, it took getting stationed out in southern California for me to finally get around to checking out Uncle Walt's original (naturally, with my fondest childhood memories being in central Florida, I admit my bias right up front). Overall, I dig the place, but there is a very definite atmosphere difference that I feel there. Might be tough to explain in a way that makes sense, but it seems to me that there's much more of an effort to "preserve the Magic" back east. Just for one example, I should not be seeing Tom Sawyer lookalikes or Haunted Mansion maids cutting through the queue over in Space Mountain. Just a very different attitude in Cali, I guess.
Some of it is by design, though, and I can appreciate it. For example, they use the khaki-clad, fedoraed CMs from the Indiana Jones attraction as crowd control during the parades. When I got chatty with one of them one day and asked what the rationale was, their reply was "Would you mess with Indiana Jones?" I just smiled, nodded and tipped my own fed to them.
While I know I'm in the minority, I still prefer POTC in Florida. And personally, the exterior of the Haunted Mansion here at Disneyland looks way too friendly to me.
"The society that draws too great of a distinction between its scholars and its warriors will end up having its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." --probably Thucydides