I thought leveling and gearing alts was pretty much on par with the other expansions. A little different, but if you did "what you were suppose to" on your main, it was easy mode.
I, however, never "do what I'm suppose to do", which is why I have 8000 bolts of cloth and can't make a damn bag since none of my toons are even revered with August Celestrials. Hell, most of my toons only quest as far as opening up the airfield in Jade Forest.
I'm a terrible person.