I’m sorry to hear you had such a terrible visit. If I’m being honest, I think that your visit to Disneyland was of a rare breed - it sounds like you got the short straw when it comes to bad experiences with CMs and other guests. (Which some Disneyland veterans have experienced on their first trip to WDW as well! It seems to work both ways.)
I agree with Wishy - I usually find Disneyland to be in BETTER shape that places at WDW, and with nicer CMs for the most part. But all of Disney’s quality is coming down in recent years, so the cracks are kind of starting to show through at both WDW and DL. It’s unfortunate.
Also, Peppertink is right about the shields on the Maliboomer - they are NOT for spit, barf, or any other bodily fluid. :laugh: I asked about that when I first started working there, and was told that Disney didn’t want to add shields like that in the first place (because they didn’t want to give the impression of being just an “amusement park” as you pointed out), but the screams carried so far from this ride, they received hundreds of complaints from residents in the Anaheim area. So they added the shields a few weeks later to correct the problem.
I’m sorry you felt like DCA was just another amusement park. Disney’s goal was to create the feel of an old seaside boardwalk, but give it a Disney twist. It’s not supposed to be similar to any of their other parks, so some people don’t find it appealing on their first visit (or two!) But I think if you gave it another chance, you’d find it really enjoyable.
I hope you’ll give DL another try someday! It is very different from WDW, but it has many things going for it that WDW does not. (Intimacy is one of them.) Unfortunately in the summertime, DL feels even more crowded than WDW because of the fact that the parks are so much smaller, there are only 2 of them versus 4 parks + water parks in WDW, and the fact that many of the people who come to DL are locals. WDW doesn’t get as many “locals” who are directly in the area, and with so much more space for all the guests to spread out in, it feels a lot easier to breathe there than it does at DL!