One of the key ingredients in DCA's rebranding is the Walt's California theme. So far all changes relate to California's influence on Walt himself or the distinct mark the Walt Disney Company has left on California. This is a logical approach because it instills a unifying theme to a park on the fringe while establishing a sentimental atmosphere. But is it possible that Walt's California will actually be a feigned attempt to connect to it's audience?
Disneyland achieves powerful relevance and meaning because Walt Disney was personally involved with it. No matter how many changes the park sees, it will always remain "Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom". Guests are reminded of this fact not only with classic attractions but also subtle tributes a la The partners statue. Disneyland blends craftsmanship, engineering, and art to achieve a genuine sense of magic.
Similar to Disneyland's premiss and theme, DCA will become increasingly Walt centric. New attractions will be supported by the idea that they somehow relate to the Disney legacy no matter how slight or obvious. But could this backfire and turn out to be even more disconnected. Deliberately placing reminders of Walt could prove to be a contrived depiction of charm and meaning in contrast to Disneyland's inherent appeal.
I have no idea what the new DCA will look like let alone feel like. But I hope it's not a transparent representation of Walt's vision of California.