An interesting thought and question came to mind after trying to get into the park today, to find the Mickey & Friends parking structure, along with the Simba parking lot off Harbor, both closed and full to capacity. What is going to happen, or what are they going to do with the parking once they start the expansion construction on Disney's California Adventure?
I'm sure many on here have heard, but for those that don't know or are new to the boards, right now the powers that be for the Disneyland Resort are trying to focus on what they call the "DCA problem". Attendance has always been low for the park, and it's turned into a joke among many, including being mentioned on The Simpsons and Family Guy. (Homer said he would take his mom to the one place they won't find her - Disney's California Adventure!) Though attendance has been good lately with Spring Break and the Food & Wine festival currently running, all that won't stop them from their plans on giving the park a facelift and expanding on some if it.
Some of the plans, which can all be viewed at the Blue Sky Wine Cellar, have already been in place, or put into motion. The Toy Story Mania Ride, the retheming of the ferris wheel from the Sun Wheel to Mickey's Fun Wheel. They're working on the PP lagoon to add a water show that is expected to be on the level of Fantasmic! across the way. Plans also include adding a Little Mermaid ride, and completely changing the entrance to the park.
But one of the big changes, and the sole reason for this poll and thread is that they're planning on adding a whole new land based on Pixar's Cars Movie which will take up the remaining part of the original Disneyland parking lot. DCA took up half to 3 quarters of the original lot, leaving only a small section that is in the southeast corner closest to the corners of Harbor & Katella. The M&F parking structure and this lot are the two main areas for parking for guests coming to the resort. The only others were the smaller lot on the corner of Disneyland Drive & Katella which is the parking lot for the Paradise Pier hotel (please forgive me - I forgot the character name for this lot) and what I think was the Timon lot on Disney Way, east of the parks, and they rarely use this one.
So what happens when they start the expansion process for DCA, closing off the Simba lot? Granted, it's not as significant as the structure, but they're still losing a good chunk of parking space. They can't use the Pinocchio lot next to the structure because it will fill up easily. So as the poll suggests, should they add another parking structure within the Pinocchio lot? Or should they add parking somewhere else? I think they should add another structure, next to the existing one, and perhaps allow the monorail to go to both, incorporating the existing loading area, therefore still allowing the options of the parking lot trams. What does everyone else think of this idea?