As for maintenance. Things are not much better at EPCOT. Virtually every physical effect inside Test Track is broken. Cones, Sparks from Truck, crash collison test wall and vehicle, robotic painter arms. The list goes on and on. It is just a cheap thrill ride now.
Soarin looks horrible now because the film has not been upkept or replaced and is very grainy. The themeless queue and boring one at that was never adressed to an attraction that was so popular.
As for not thinking like TDO. Thank you. I am glad none of us do. That being said.
My point remains because every thing else is trivial. The park's status is that it has not had a new stand alone attraction since 2005 and there is no sign of one breaking ground any time soon. Even if it does we are looking at eight years without a new attraction and e tend to lose more than we gain. TDO resting on laurels is about to catch up with them because EPCOT's numbers may not spiral downward fast, but guest spending sure will when there is nothing too enticing within the park itself.
I think that if Epcot is going to be simply a Mall to explore, shop, and dine, then the entrance fee should reflect that.
I think TDO has seen a giant shift in Guest Spending as more guests have been giving their dollars to Universal and it's unique merchandise than to Disney.
That being said, you can point to
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
all of which were used in marketing collateral to drive attendance.
When you look at how marketing pushes the parks they try to hook you on an idea of an experience that you are going to have. Disney's commercials, billboards, brochures, videos all try this hook.
After a while people become blind to messaging after it has been repeated, in the digital world this is called "Banner Blindness" so Disney like most companies tries something new, to interest and hook people.
When you look at Epcot's marketing collateral I think it is in danger of becoming invisible to most people if it isn't already. The Billboards, brochures, videos, commercials for Epcot are the same and feature the same pitches for the past 5-6 years.
The only chance you have to really get a fresh message about Epcot is if you are local here in Florida and you see Flower and Garden/Food and Wine commercials.
So the point of all this, is again. Epcot, along with most of WDW is in danger of repeating the same message so many times, that it's ability to drive bookings is greatly diminished.
I think that bearing in mind Epcot is the least ride crazy theme park, alot of school kids go there as a field trip visit as it has got some science elements to it, but it is true it hasn't had any new attractions since 2005, it has had adjustments like The Seas with Nemo and small add ons here and there, but all they ever focus on is events. I think that Everest could have slotted in the country's somewhere, they should have something built like that in the World Showcase. It would be awesome!
You know... Pixar released a statement last year regarding two of its future films; one of which humans and dinosaurs coexist, and the other about the subconscious. I would not be surprised at all if the latter were to replace Imagination or EO. Especially considering Nemo is just across the pavilion.
It's high time WDI rolled up its sleeves and at least attempted something without the crutch of an established franchise or a clone for EPCOT