When I was a kid there were so many more tourists at DL. Now I hardly notice any at all. I guess 5 international Disney parks opening around the world since then have something to do with it.
You’re absolutely right,! This is also what makes it feel like Walt’s park.Honest answer, the absolute most essential thing at Disneyland is not a ride, land, or show, it's the theme of Americana. The Disneyland Railroad, Main Street USA, Frontierland, Rivers of America, New Orleans Square, the Golden Age Disney classics. Not to say these particular attractions/lands are or aren't essential but the idea behind them is more important. As for rides that are essential, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion more than anything else. Without that core theme and without those two rides, Disneyland would not be Disneyland, and any place that calls itself Disneyland but lacks these is not Disneyland.
Agree with everything about DL. DCA pales in comparison to DL but I would miss a few things. I would miss Grizzly Peak, Soarin Over California, Paradise Gardens. I’d probably miss the view of the pier too. Although it was nicer before the Pixar overlay.DL:
Really anything left from 55 to 67...
The whole walk from RR to castle. That most iconic street view in pop culture, an American landmark.
When You Wish Upon a Star under the castle gate.
The light left on for Walt above the Fire Station.
I literally would make the pilgrimage out West right now or anytime just to walk to the hub and back.
I really don't care. I'll spend a nice enough afternoon there, but if next visit I found the entire thing razed and replaced by another park I wouldn't miss a thing.
In part DLR has aggressively turned themselves into a locals / AP park. Nothing wrong with that per say, it does provide more predictable stability.When I was a kid there were so many more tourists at DL. Now I hardly notice any at all. I guess 5 international Disney parks opening around the world since then have something to do with it.