So here's an interesting question. I think it's more philosophical than actually expecting a real answer.
How do you reconcile your going to wdw with the past with going now?
What I mean is this, IMO there is no going back. to anything. We are never going back to 99cent/gallon gas, to Mcdonald's being cheap, a time without cell phones or Walt Disney of the past glory. I simply don't have the hope you guys do that it will achieve the "greatness" that it did back in the pre Iger days or if that is even a good thing.
So going forward what do you do? do you continue to go and snap pictures of overflowing trash cans and post that it's going downhill?
Can those that have these issues accept that Disney for the foreseeable future is, what it currently is? I think when Star wars opens, you will see the same gripes then that we've seen when TSL opened. how it's not "imaginative" etc etc.
I think it's an interesting problem. Now I have always admitted, I'm a cynical NY'er. I don't think there is any return to the glory days simply because I don't think that is what John q public outside of a small minority here want or care about. as someone said, the new generation is perfectly A-ok with the state of offerings, it's comfortable and well known.
how do you reconcile your wishing for the old days to acceptance of what it is now? or does that even matter?
There is going back though. By stating there is not then you give any company a free pass to continue a particular behavior. You group all of societal change into a giant basket and omit the part in life where focus can be used in smaller amounts than ALL OF EVERYTHING IN TOTALITY. Of course people will gripe about Star Wars when it opens. Its the yen and the yang of theme parks. For each person thrilled with a new land there will be someone on the other side despondent over larger crowds. Its inescapable. Ever. This isn't logic behind a rationalization, its just life.
You continually reference 'only been going for 18 months I admit' and then lay out some opinion about long-time posters historical views being off-base and acting like these views somehow discount your personal feelings. No one is trying to tell you that WDW isn't deserving of your adulation any longer because it used to be better. Go 10 times next year, it doesn't matter. You don't matter. I don't matter. At the end of the fiscal year we are all just a part of a bottom line that gets judged by Wall Street. An overflowing receptacle statement would be a lie or exaggeration until he posts a picture and then the picture becomes an indictment of his vacationing protocols and he is framed as someone only looking for negatives and trying to make Disney look bad instead of just being a picture of something WDW needs to work on. WDW doesn't need you to rescue it from online forum posters. Its just fine. It makes record profits, has record attendance, and has zero feelings to get hurt from a thread like this.
If you have no room in your thought processes to accommodate for anything close to a non-glowing review of current WDW then just move on to another thread and let the grown people talk about this historical view. Your 18 months experience isn't pertinent in this one.