Tony the Tigger
It’s possible. More likely to me is we have expectations of having our minds blown by one single new attraction as if it were our first day at WDW.The one thing about "IP" rides is that perhaps the popularity of the IP lets the ride builders get lazy with the ride itself? Thinking of something like the Little Mermaid ride.
Compare Snow White’s Scary Adventures with The Little Mermaid. Both aimed at the younger set. Both fairly tame and simple. Was Snow so brilliant? Mermaid has much more to it. It has more to it than Dumbo, Tea Cups, etc.
The first time I went to WDW, my closest frame of reference was Six Flags. So there was a lot of, “Hmm that’s not what I expected” but also some, “That’s it?”
But overall, there was a charm in the theming, and a comfort in the bubble. It wasn’t until I got home I realized I wanted to go back. The whole was greater than the sum of its parts, as they say.
The Mine Train wasn’t mind-blowing, either. Maybe I’d have more reverence for it if it had been there on my first trip.