I absolutely agree Disney dragged their feet for FAR too long at DHS. The last ride opening there was in 2008 and we aren't on track for TSL to open until AT LEAST 2018. That's just ludicrous that we're looking at 10 years between rides. It is what it is though, the bleeding had to be stopped and it's not pretty.It wasn't a gem, but I liked it nonetheless.
They really waited too long to fix the park in an orderly fashion. Now, the park is reaping the problems of that. I really see no reason to visit this park until SWL is completed. And, even then they will still have capacity issues trying to fit the Star Wars crowds into the park. They have serious problems facing them and I really don't see any easy solutions. It's a mess, and I'm sad, because I really enjoyed the park, even though it had shortcomings....If they would have started fixing the park, bit by bit, four years ago when they had Kathy Magnum fresh off Cars Land to look at the fix, they'd be in way better shape. Disney just dragged their feet for so long. Prime example was shutting down BLT two years ago and doing nothing with it.
Same at DAK. Everest opened in 2005 ('06?) and Avatar is opening next year. But DAK has held up better. When closing Camp MM, they MOVED FotLK instead of closing it and they've since added a nighttime show (albeit a bad one so far). We'll see how RoL is whenever that opens, which is rumored to possibly be soon after JB closes.
But that's the Difference. DAK has a lot to do even without rides, DHS... not so much. So when they close off that entire backside of the park and put up multiple dead ends around the park, guests actually begin to realize how little there is to do in the park.