I really think you’ve been misinformed!
WDW is the happiest place on earth! I love DL, but in my opinion, it is a theme park. WDW is a resort, a destination, an all-engulfing experience that extends so much farther beyond what the theme parks have to offer on their own. Not only are the 4 parks amazing (and not run down), but there are 2 amazing water parks (one of my favourite things at WDW), mini-golfing, shopping, dinner shows, water sports, golf… the list is endless. Not to mention the resorts on property are much more diverse and many are much more affordable than at DL. And they are an attraction all on their own!