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    Possible DCA Expansion Themes

    This is intended as the most non-confrontational thread in the world. Please, no "parking lot" comments or other remarks amounting to "DCA sucks, bulldoze it."

    For people who wish to participate in the thread according to its intent, all I am setting out to do is create a list of all the different lands that can be created using the California Adventure theme. These can even be overlays to existing lands, just to demonstrate the possibilites.

    So, to start out with, here are some things I have come up with, or ideas from other posts that sounded good to me.

    Eureka Bay: The Gold Rush, and the rise of the Bay Area
    CalTECH: California's role in the cutting edge of innovation, from Silicon Valley to JPL
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    Extreme theme - from Death Valley to the Sierra Nevada
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    They need to do something more with the redwoods besides just a walking/play area. All of the kitschy cool old roadstops in the redwoods would be pretty nifty to incorporate somehow.

    The Winchester mystery house... I know its not a "land" but there has to be something they can do with it.

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    They already have a haunted house ride next door. They COULD put in a volcano ride since we do have some in Nor Cal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModHatter
    CalTECH: California's role in the cutting edge of innovation, from Silicon Valley to JPL
    This is the one that is desperately needed, but the attraction should be a bit surprising... The question is can you get a sponcer ship when you have a CEO on the record of saying that the PC industry is contributing to piracy and must be regulatated...

    I would like also to see an aquarium like coastal themed attraction but that is not in So Cal area... Maybe Monterey Bay?

    It would also be great to see an attraction that is based on the Literary/Art history of California not assoicated with film... Mark Twain, Brett Hart, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Robert Luise Stevenson... Among others all lived in California for a time...
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    I think the biggest mistake would be to continue to show people things they can easily see in locations very near-by.

    One poster I know very well from here and other boards has this pet idea of an L.A. expansion... Frankly, I can't think of a single worse idea, expect perhaps, "landfilll-land".

    Why on earth would someone want to go to a theme park to see something they could easily see in real life? Why on earth would you design a theme park with things people could easily see in real life, other than, "it was the only think that fit the tiny budget"?

    Any theme that was here and now, reality, California would be a major mistake, in my opinion, and that includes the silicon valley.

    In fact, I think it would be a major mistake to leave the reality that is already there. DCA is themed about as well as a McDonalds, and that ain't very good. They need to redo the mundane reality themes that are already there(PEB filled "backlot", run down ugly airport, run down ugly industrial area food court, generic amusement park land, vinyard), and FOR SURE, not add any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellarhound
    It would also be great to see an attraction that is based on the Literary/Art history of California not assoicated with film...
    Now you're just joking... right!?! You have to be!!!

    You're just trying to find an idea that is worse than "city-dump-land", right?

    Who's going to pay $53 to go to a library/museum? NO ONE!!!!!

    It has to be fun!!!! Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun................... and mix in some FUN!

    People do NOT go to theme parks to be bored to sleep. If they did, Golden Dreams would be much more popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellarhound
    This is the one that is desperately needed, but the attraction should be a bit surprising... The question is can you get a sponcer ship when you have a CEO on the record of saying that the PC industry is contributing to piracy and must be regulatated...
    How about computer stations where you can make your own DCA theme park ride?

    I would like also to see an aquarium like coastal themed attraction but that is not in So Cal area... Maybe Monterey Bay?
    Haven't they stolen enough of the other state's attraction?

    It would also be great to see an attraction that is based on the Literary/Art history of California not assoicated with film... Mark Twain, Brett Hart, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Robert Luise Stevenson... Among others all lived in California for a time...
    Mark Twain is best known for life along the Mississippi, even though he did briefly write a paper and published the Calaberas Frog Jumping Contest.

    Stevenson was originally from the East Coast and only came to CA for about 6 months because of a woman he had an affair with, came to CA to look for her husband who had been killed, and then left with her and her kids to live in American Samoa.

    London would be good, although he is mostly known for his Yukon stories.

    That leaves Steinbeck. Can't go wrong with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dshimel
    I think the biggest mistake would be to continue to show people things they can easily see in locations very near-by.

    One poster I know very well from here and other boards has this pet idea of an L.A. expansion... Frankly, I can't think of a single worse idea, expect perhaps, "landfilll-land".

    Why on earth would someone want to go to a theme park to see something they could easily see in real life? Why on earth would you design a theme park with things people could easily see in real life, other than, "it was the only think that fit the tiny budget"?

    Any theme that was here and now, reality, California would be a major mistake, in my opinion, and that includes the silicon valley.

    In fact, I think it would be a major mistake to leave the reality that is already there. DCA is themed about as well as a McDonalds, and that ain't very good. They need to redo the mundane reality themes that are already there(PEB filled "backlot", run down ugly airport, run down ugly industrial area food court, generic amusement park land, vinyard), and FOR SURE, not add any more.
    Frankly though- California is a large state and whilst you may be up to the task of driving to every single location described by DCA- most visitors are not. Disney has done something remarkable but not well executed. Disney has given familys the opportunity for a low 50 dollar fee, a chance to explore the state of California on a budget.

    Expansion of areas like the Paradise Pier, the whorf, the Redwood area, the Backlot are essential and a new land or two would be nice. In all seriousness, I wouldn't mind seeing the area surrounding Mullholland Madness ripped out and rethought and used as expansion space for the Redwood area- possible a great overflow area to incorperate Gold Rush themed area.

    Lastly to your argument Mr. Dshimel about the lack of connection between education and theme parks I say open your mind. The joy of imagination need not be limited to moving attractions and animatronic shows with 3d movies to delight children. Disney has an opportunity to briefly touch and enlighten children and adults and the responsibility of such is something Walt was very proud of. Disney is a call to authority and can easily educate the thousands of masses who pass through the those hallowed parks each day and year.

    So while the idea of a literary attration does not spark your interest, do not fail to recognize the power of influence that Disney park control and should continue to control responsibly.







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    Calistoga Falls with geyser country and a real spa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orcatime
    That leaves Steinbeck. Can't go wrong with him.
    Pacific Wharf seems ripe for Steinbeck. In fact, when I first saw it, it was "Cannery Row" that came immediately to mind.

    I do think a Mission area is desparately needed. And, btw, isn't Disney trying to attract more Hispanics? Might be nice to recognize the important contributions Mexican and Spanish culture have made to California, don't you think?

    CalTech would be great but I agree with the commentator above that Disney doesn't have the best relationship with Silicon Valley right now.

    Eureka Bay is an excellent idea. Gold Rush/San Francisco/Chinatown really would be a wonderful place to explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orcatime
    Extreme theme - from Death Valley to the Sierra Nevada
    Definitely! Considering the square miles of this state that is arid it seems a big mistake not to include a desert. Dust off the old Mine Train and bring back the mules! I suppose GM counts as a nod to the Sierras.

    The mission theme would fit in nicely with the farm area and Chinatown would be great next to San Francisco. Wouldn't a replica of that magnificent gateway on Grant Avenue be a wonderful addition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah schucks
    Disney has done something remarkable but not well executed.
    I 100% disagree. I don't know how they could have done "ugly-run-down airport" any better. Cementdor flats is as good as "ugly-run-down-airport" gets, and that just isn't very good.

    Showing people things they can easily see.... STUPID!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by ah schucks
    Lastly to your argument Mr. Dshimel about the lack of connection between education and theme parks I say open your mind.
    And I respond... look at the evidence. These types of attractions receive luke-warm response at introduction, and within 5-10 years are simply empty.

    I'm an atheist. I'd LOVE to see Disney do an attraction based on how silly religions are. HOWEVER, I can see that attraction just wouldn't be a hit, and I don't want Disney wasting very limited capital improvement dollars on something that isn't going to be a hit.

    Basing a ride off Literaturs and Art, may be a hit with 2% of the guests... for the first few months or maybe even a year. Beyond that, even those "into" literature and art will have "been there, done that".

    Edutainment is NOT repeatable. Fun, fantastic, imaginative, magical IS repeatable. All attractions should be repeatable... therefore, Attractions should not be edutainment-y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdweller
    The mission theme would fit in nicely with the farm area and Chinatown would be great next to San Francisco. Wouldn't a replica of that magnificent gateway on Grant Avenue be a wonderful addition?
    Those would be as awesome as Golden Dreams.. and we all know how long the line for Golden Dreams is. I'm surprised there aren't riots as people bust through the gates rushing to get in....

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