Disney itself in many moves and revamps has already done things that could be construed as "taking away from the dream of Disney." I think we need to move past that stage of thought. Again what I stress is that a thrill park addition won't change anything. You choose to go to whatever park you wish. If they were going to build a thrill park inside the MK then, yes, I could understand opposition there.No one is implying it will take away from the magic, but it will take away from the dream of Disney. A park costs a lot to build and even more to maintain over the years. That's a lot of money that could be going to continuing to expand in ways that are pleasing to all guests regardless of age. Why should we expect to make Disney build a park for older folks and then one solely for younger folks when they can do both in one park - or can continue to do both in their current parks? Why separate families who have children in different age groups when they can all enjoy the same parks together?
As for breaking up families, that is a decision the families themselves make. Again, nobody is "forced" to do anything. I remember ditching my family when I got older and had friends along. It was no big deal...you picked a time and place and met back up. And as wired as we are now with Blackberries and other devices, no one is out of reach.
Nobody "expects Disney to do anything." The people advocating for a thrill park are just like the people who want other things at Disney that are not now in place. It is the idea that someone is un-Disney or should just shut up and go somewhere else that I have a problem with.
When they were thinking Animal Kingdom, why not just have told people "Go to Busch Gardens." We they added "Mount Everest" why not just have told people "Go to Islands of Adventures." Because they don't want people to leave the world and spend that money elsewhere. It's a business and they are in competition. You do what helps you survive.
Whether or not you feel you have to go "everywhere" in WDW to get your money's worth is again a personal choice. I could go to Epcot alone and be fine and feel I got my money's worth. I personally didn't think they needed to add another water park, but I never suggested if some people did want a more detailed water park they ought to just go find one in Orlando.
Toontown/Mickey's Land is the example you used, that was built was built basically to appeal (cater) to younger kids.
I had no problem with that even though by the time it was built my daughter was grown and it had no real appeal for us. But in no way shape or form, did we ever state it was wrong to build it because there's nothing there that we wanted to see or experience.
We just don't go there. End of story. Lord, knows I can think of a million other things the money it cost to build that area could have been spent on. If they built a separate Pooh Park for example, that was basically the same as Toontown, would I go? Nope. If they built a separate thrill park would I go? Nope. Do I go to the water parks? Nope. Do I golf? Nope. None of that appeals to me. Do I feel cheated and like I don't get my money's worth ? Nope.
We are all about being able to experience whatever we like at Disney World because it was ( and is still being) designed to offer something for EVERYBODY in different ways. It doesn't lessen the overall park when they add something that may cater to a specific group or may be a step in a new direction for the company to take as long as it is well done. When it is poorly done, that is when the magic starts to disappear.
All of us want different things at Disney, some traditional, some not. With Disney as it now stands, we are getting a mixture of both. Change is hard to accept. I never wanted to see Peoplemover, Skyway, Mr Toad, the Subs, etc disappear from the different parks. I don't like seeing Disney characters shoved in attractions they have no business being in just so it appeals to a younger crowd.
But the bottom line is business and they are doing what they need to do to compete.
Not all these changes are welcomed or something I personally need or want, but then it is not just about me.