I have just returned from an extremely enjoyable stay at Center Parcs - my first non-Disney holiday in a year or so - and it got me a-thinking.
As I wandered the beautifully crafted landscapes and indulged in some fun and well-organised activities, I wondered whether this wasn't a concept that Disney would not do well to ape. To my mind there is a lot of similarities between DLP and CP and the more I thought of it, the more I decided it could work.
The basic concept of CP is great and should not be changed. However, Disney could bring a little extra sparkle to proceedings. Films like Bambi, Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood (I was at the Sherwood Forest CP) and all of the fairytale stories involving cute forest creatures could be incorporated into the design of the park and activities. Characters meals and interaction are obviously also something easy to add, but I also thought that a small seperate theme park/fair ground area would be nice - since all activities at CP are paid for as an extra, the theme park could operate like this as well.
With Disney's apparant band-wagon jumping with their conservation appeal, this could be a different sort of version of WDW's AK while also retaining the sport and adventure aspects of CP. And most importantly of all, this could be a great way for the UK to get a Disney park of its own (although the beauty of this concept is that it can be placed anywhere and tailor-made to the local environment and climate). Camp Davy Crockett already has the basic layout and idea in place - it just needs some embelishment.