Allow me to add my 2 cents on this topic. First, you have to realize I am an old timer. I visited DL in August of 1955 as a child. My WDW experience starts in the 70's with my children (5 visits) and continues today with most of my visits (8) since 1996, when we first stayed on property.
I don't think Walt ever imagined what WDW would be like. You have to remember he was gone in 1966--5 years before there was a WDW. The MK was basically a clone of DL. Why ruin a good thing? All the other parks were the ideas of others. I doubt Walt ever thought there would be such an affection for his parks some 38 years after his death. However, if you read about his ideas you know that he intended when you came back to Dl or WDW there would be something new and something old, and something gone!
I doubt Walt ever imagined the cost involved in running his parks and adding new attractions. You have to remember Walt was born in 1901. He experienced the invention and/or improvement of dozens of basic technologies (electricity, phone, aviation, motion pictures, automobiles, etc.) we take for granted. Yet in 1966 he had no idea what lay ahead as far as technology and how the world and especially our culture would change.
For better or worse, Disney is a business. The bottom line rules, unfortunately. The Disney execs must balance what "sells" to today's youth (drugs, s** and hip hop, or whatever they are into as far as music) and what the old timers expect as far as nostalgia. The old rides and old attractions were old technology. While Disney has gone digital a lot of attractions still are based on old carnival and amusement rides of a 100 years ago. Pirates could be made almost lifelike, but would it make it better? The same goes for CoP, HM, and others. Perhaps Disney could take the old rides and make a new park sort of like Las Vegas is doing with the old neon signs that have been replaced with the newest optical technologies.
Yes, I miss the old rides, but I also want new and better attractions. I sometimes wonder if Disney has a master plan, or are playing by their ears (pun intended). I guess we will never know for sure. I wonder what Walt is thinking if he can see WDW today and what he thinks of the persons running his business?
Last edited by Jiminy Cricket; 08-14-2004 at 05:17 PM.
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DL: 1955* (1) WDW: 1977* (2), 1980* (2), 1985* (3), 1989* (3), 1996 (ASMu-3), 1999 (ASMo-3), 2000 (ASMu-2/PO-2), 2001 (ASMu-5), 2002 (ASMu-5), 2003 (ASMo-5), 2004* (8), 2004 (ASMo-8), 2005 (PC-10), 2006* (15), 2007* (20), 2008* (22), 2009* (26) 2010* (27) 2011* (32) 2012* (39) 2013* (36) 2013* (15) Total Days @ Parks = 294