And as a disclaimer, at the outset: I do realize given the proposals I am making, none of this will really ever happen, simply due to infrastructure they have in place for new attractions having to simply go away. Consider it a fun "what if" they could do with the space.
Areas Affected: San Francisco street, Little Mermaid ride plot, all of Paradise Pier and adjoining areas from LM show building end to the bridge on the other side, Paradise lagoon.
A lot has been said of the lack of California theme in the additions coming to DCA, worthy as they may be. I wholeheartedly agree. To remedy this, I would propose a total re-conception of the whole Pier/lagoon area, to be one cohesive environment dedicated to the San Francisco bay area.
To be removed permanently would be the Little Mermaid proposed/under construction building, Toy Story Midway Mania, the pizza place, the empty former McDonald's location, and the Maliboomer. Staying basically as they are now/will be would be the Jellyfish Jump, the swings, the Zephyr, the carousel, the wild mouse coaster, and the "midway games". California Screamin' would be renamed the Big Dipper, in tribute to the coasters at the defunct Playland at The Beach in San Francisco, and the current Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's coaster.
The main Bay Area street would remain much the same, but be a intro to the new areas. To the right upon turning would be the same Palace of Fine Arts dome structure from Golden Dreams, now serving as an entryway to a building much like the one proposed for the Little Mermaid exterior, a "World's Fair" type atrium building. Inside, however, would be a combination theater experience/ride through about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Guests would view a brief film, 5 minutes or so in duration, about the quake, before being led by cast members in period theater usher costumes to ride vehicles. The backstory would be a local inventor, perhaps the Gustav Tinkerschidmt of recent hinted Paradise Pier backstory, would be conducting experiments to study the earthquake in hopes of predicting future ones. Guests would board "time travel" prototype cars (motion simulator vehicles like Indy and Dinosaur) and go on a trip to the day of the great quake, 1906, and travel through vintage San Francisco, first on a slower paced tour, then rumbling through Chinatown, the financial district, and the underground of the city when the quake hits, only to be brought back to present day at the last second, as the railway station they are in is about to collapse.
The pier itself would receive new cosmetic elements and signage, making it more in line with the classic California beachside amusement parks. Actual sandy beaches would be set along the water's edge, with little scenes of beach chairs, vintage coolers, etc, circa 1910-1920 (of the sort pictured here, as an example: http://www.oldukphotos.com/graphics/...ach%201920.jpg. Perhaps even a few small boats placed in strategic locations, tied up at the new pier support system, thick wooden poles like one sees at Monterey Bay or Santa Cruz, or other such locations. The new title of the area would be "Paradise Bay Dreamland", and be more firmly set as if Disney itself had owned a vintage seaside amusement park, rather than a modern interpretation. Continuing on from the example of the recent hot dog stand opposite Midway Mania, appropriate thematic details would be added to must structures, and modern type references removed. For most attractions, they could be rather mostly left "as is" with vintage style signage or flourishes added, such as renaming Mulholland Madness/Goofy's Sky whatever as "Seaside Spinner" and taking a more classic approach to it, repainting/sculpting the cars to have a hand-carved, wooden look to them with sea creature heads sculpted into the front, and a new wooden, well-treated loading platform instead of all the concrete walkways. In the current location of the pizza restaurant former McDonald's, a few small stages would be built to house the "Dreamland Midway Sideshow". Here, live performers would include acrobats, fire-eaters, and the like, as was found in the amusement parks of the period.
In the former Midway Mania location would sit the new Laff in The Dark/Midway Spookhouse attraction. Typically, the old-style spookhouses had facades of this sort: http://thistlegroup.net/savinrock/im...n-the-Dark.jpg or http://ctacke.tripod.com/laffri.jpg. This would be again a tribute to the classic beachside amusement parks, which often had a spookhouse dark ride attraction. It would feature no Disney film characters, but instead the sets and character AA's would be in the style of the classic Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony illustrations, such as this: http://z.about.com/d/collectibles/1/...ctorPoster.jpg
Scenes would include those typical of the vintage spookhouses, such as a witch's castle, a haunted forest, a mad doctor's lab, etc etc, with a more comedic angle than being truly scary, while still having some slightly morbid site gags and pop outs rendered in a cartoony style. In this manner, as opposed to the very flimsy themed Toy Story dark ride, the pier would receive an attraction that actually relates to the classic seaside amusement parks of old.
This would go a long way, I think, to making this area of the park more thematically appropriate, as well as getting new attractions that have things actually to do with California's history. Granted, such will likely never occur due to the company's dedication to the current attractions they have chosen, California-themed or not. What do you, the micechat public, think?