I think it's great there will be more competition down in Orlando. As a child, we used to go to Disney/UNI/SW at least once a year (early 90s-2000) and Disney was always light years ahead of the Universal.
Fast forward 2010 - I took my own children down to Disney for Christmas. I was a little disappointed there were no real significant changes in a decade other than pricing and a few attractions. Although the kids enjoyed it, and we had a blast (enough to go back for Star Wars weekend in 2011, and Christmas 2011). I think we will be spending significantly more time @ other parks. I just don't think there's enough investment going towards new attractions to justify dropping thousands for repeat visits.
Hopefully Disney will step their game up soon and make the parks more exciting again!
It's so true.
WDW has been relatively stagnant since the turn of the century.
Now, some one will post, "What about TSM??!! What about Everest??!!" like they are programmed by Disney PR, who thinks a new parade overlay or Meet & Greet is some new exciting attraction. I mean, this is the company that hasn't had anything new to peddle in so long the last marketing campaign had to do with "memories" - of back when Disney used to be the top dog in surprising and impressing.
I love WDW, always will. But it's starting to feel like a big giant time capsule. The stuff they do add, either isn't impressive or doesn't work. The only real large-scale attraction added (Everest) is an embarrassment.
As much as I adore what Fantasyland is getting, as we will finally have a real Fantasyland, nothing is singularly impressive. It's all neat, I can't wait for it all - but in terms of theme park rides, there is nothing that is going to win "Theme Park Ride of the Year".
It's really sad that Disney has let itself slide like that - say what you will about Eisner, but the man made sure there was a consistent flow of state-of-the-art attractions, which the current management has not brought us anything remarkable since the dawn of the century.