I would love for Disney to show more compassion for their workers. I know the hourly workers really don't have much flexibility in their work rules. The rules intrude on the customer experience at times. They need to make the workers more responsive to customers. It is sort of like the workers follow a queue line to clock in and out and the customers go into their queue line for food, drink, and rides. Their tight operation made the customer experience equally tight.
Expedition Everest, with or without a fully operational Yeti, is one of the most richly themed attractions at any Disney park and doesn't have a major Disney brand as its main draw.
The same can be said for Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Soarin and a host of other attractions.
I'm not suggesting that attractions shouldn't use a Disney brand for a theme, but it should be restricted to those they know work as an attraction, rather than those that executives at the company want to push.
If there is a need to promote a brand in the park then it should at least be done properly - in other words avoid another Stitch's Great Escape.
Parks, especially Disney, have shifted much of their emphasis from ongoing high quality park experience to revenue maximization. Profit is the driver for business. However, the short-term revenue focus will devalue the parks over the long term. Potential triggers for the loss will eventually occur. The first few can be bought out with pricing. You can only buy your way out of one or two before the perceived value is lost.
While Disney is nowhere close to pulling a Six Flags, the first steps in the trend is there. Disney can survive this approach for many years but their size and operating costs are both their cash cow and vulnerability.
Contrary to this approach, parks such as Holiday World have demonstrated that generating customer love and value can turn one of the world's smaller and least accessible theme parks into a loved destination. Customer love guarantees repetitive success. Holiday World has earned it, Disney currently has it at the risk of the younger generation seeing it as a current hot attraction, Cedar Fair is losing it, and Six Flags has lost it.
I would love to have one fast pass system in my home park, Hopi Hari. It would triple my visits to them.
I also want my Jersey Devil-themed, twin racing wood coaster over the river and through the woods behind Nitro. But let's focus on the water first :)
I understand your points, but I think overall the effects are minor.
What I do want to see is more "streetmosphere". I hear there used to be a bank robbery in Frontierland, there should be pirates or adventurers walking around Adventureland and the Maint St. Characters should be out all day.
Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are two parks that could definitely benefit, especially with all the Disney properties that would make great adaptations for the stage.
Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure could use good ones too.
In Wizarding World, the entire place operates as if it was actually Hogsmeade, including British food and Hogwarts merchandise. There is no sign of the outside world from inside Wizarding World.