I remember waiting 2-3 hours for Disaster Transport in its opening year, finding room after room with dozens of packed turnstiles. While I thought the environment and special effects were awesome at that time, I got off feeling the ride was fun, but way too short, thus disappointing.
Five years later, you could find 5 minute lines at the end of the night, and I grew to like the ride more and more (I'm a huge fan of indoor roller coasters). While the ride was short and by no means intense, it had a very fun, unique feel that always kept me coming back.
At about 10 years old, the ride really showed decay. Not only had most of the neat robots and scenery been removed long past, but Cedar Point nearly removed all the theming in favor for the Halloweekends event. No longer were you greeted by the robot "Welcome aboard. I'm you're inflight computer. I have been programmed to get you safely back to the voluntary receiving station. Stand clear the cargo loading point!" The ride was just dark, and when new guests were confused by the "Welcome to Alaska!" at the end, it was just kind of sad, remembering what it once was.
Several years ago, I emailed Cedar Point about the decay of Disaster Transport and the removal of Pirate Ride. I got a nice letter from the Vice President (or someone who claimed to be high in the company), and they said the special effects were removed from Disaster Transport because the technology was dated, and that replacement parts could not be found. He said the Pirate Ride was removed, as it was dated and no longer profitable.
While I really hate to say this, as I've grown with Disaster Transport and I'd miss that familiar 12E building, I think it's time for Cedar Point to move on. The scenery made the ride; glow-in-the-dark paint and periods of light in the tunnels are making it feel cheap, like that hand-painted, blow-up puppet on Pirate Ride (with the off-timed growl LOL).
Disaster Transport still holds a place in my heart, but I think it's time for a new generation. Avalanche Run ---> Disaster Transport ---> ? If CP is going to use that same bobsled track (I love it, but it's unlikely), why couldn't more track be made, and the ride could be made taller, faster, and much longer...into the parking lot and more compact onto the beach. The ride would be re-themed, renamed, and I think it would be so awesome, breathing more life into the entire midway. While I know this is unlikely, expensive, and probably unrealistic, it seems that certain parts of the building could be used and added onto, to create an awesome 2.5-minute ride experience.
If Cedar Point opted to tear DT down, they could replace it with a floorless, indoor roller coaster like Outer Limits at King's Island. That ride is satisfyingly long, it's VERY fun, and amazingly compact. Making it floorless, I could picture lava underneath (for some kind of theme), for a very refreshing and fun ride experience.
While I know Disaster Transport still always has a line (probably for the air conditioning) and it's unlikely it'll be torn down anytime soon, I think Cedar Point should start revamping or replacing rides like this. While I like that Cedar Point has so many roller coasters, I think the "Most Roller Coasters" game is immature if it causes them to neglect other things in the park. If Cedar Point had 15 amazing roller coasters, who could ask for anything more? Cedar Point is the best amusement park, but why not increase the quality of rides even further?