OK, I'll play. Comparing WDW of '95 to January:
I think the MK is better today. I love the scavenger hunt in Adventureland and Sorcerers of the MK. Buzz Lightyear, PhilharMagic and the Mine Train have all opened since then, and are all must dos. New Fantasyland, in general was a great addition. The MK has definitely changed for the better.
DHS - of course it's better now. ...but even if you long for the old "Disney MGM Studios", then you have to admit that it had run its course. They didn't trash all of that investment because it was thriving.
EPCOT - I loved the original EPCOT. I wish I could bottle it up and go back and see it again; but Epcot has a problem because it can't be what it was designed to be anymore. It won't work now. We're all too jaded for it, and it's been proven over and over that trying to predict what's next is expensive at best and laughable at worst. They're working on a solution, and until Covid, they were unfolding the plan. All we can hope for is a full recovery of our economy so that The Mouse can reinstate the plans.
Then of course, there's ANIMAL KINGDOM. Which gets better every year, seemingly.
I wish the boards would stop trashing Disney and just enjoy!
See, I disagree. MK isn't better now. 20k was better than anything in New Fantasyland, although it would have needed some updating. Most of the MK also had better theming back then. And Buzz Lightyear as a must-do? That ride is terrible now, although it's not like it replaced anything important.
Not sure how you get a "of course" about DHS now either. Toy Story Land is a joke and while MMRR is good, it's not as impressive as Great Movie Ride. Galaxy's Edge is good, but somewhat disappointing. MGM was a very different park than current DHS, but it really wasn't worse. It had better theming back then too beyond Galaxy's Edge itself.
That EPCOT take is silly. There's absolutely no reason to think original EPCOT wouldn't still work, and Disney's "solution" for EPCOT is apparently to turn it into a Magic Kingdom/DHS hybrid. Their plans to update it are mostly horrible and the best thing about Covid is that it's potentially torpedoed some of those horrendous plans.
In general, smaller things like the stores were also superior back then to now because they had unique items and theming that has been mostly washed away. Now the majority of the stores at Disney all sell the exact same items with a few exceptions.
Animal Kingdom is great, though -- it's Disney's best park right now.
I'm not trashing Disney; I'm being critical of parts of it. I still like it. But saying you should just enjoy whatever they do is all-out brand loyalty and that kind of thinking leads to some of the decline we've seen, because if you're going to go no matter what, they don't have any incentive to maintain high standards.