Disneyland has always been a place to innovate on the guest experience, and I realized, from the success of the Blue Bayou, that there is indeed a demand for something more from the typical dining experience, especially at a theme park such as this one.
One of the reasons the Blue Bayou is so popular, and perhaps the main reason, is its atmosphere. Sure the food isn't bad, but it sure as heck isn't the main reason people make reservations weeks ahead of time to eat there. It's the wonderful, romanticized and unique atmosphere that makes it such an amazing place. Well why stop at the Blue Bayou? Why not even take it a step further, and incorporate dark ride elements, or even a queue, into a dining experience?
This isn't anything new; one of the greatest hotels in the world, the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai (http://www.burj-al-arab.com/), for example, has created an experience like this in dining at one of their seafood restaurants. Before you get to your table, you enter a submarine that takes you deep down into the ocean (not literally) to make you feel like you're eating amongst the fishies.
So, if you were to bring something like this to Disneyland, how would you do it? Would you base it off of a movie? Climb out of Wendy's window, into a pirate ship to sail off to your dining table in the sky at a Peter Pan restaurant? Or probably a better idea, create something original, where an adventureland restaurant has you walking through Indiana Jones style corridors to a table set under a ceiling of timed spikes, with some angry natives spying on you in a corner?
There are plenty of restaurants already in DL that are plenty well themed and fun to dine in; this is just taking it a step further and having a little fun thinking about more of what's possible these days.
So, how would you do it? Do you think this would be a good idea, or do you think it is unnecessary?