Recently when we found out that the Tortilla Factory would be closing many people had complaints about how that was the last Latin-American styled attraction left in the park. Others have also mentioned they would like a China Town area. This got me thinking, why not have a land devoted to the many ethnic/ racial groups that have influenced California? This of course sounds a lot like what they have at World Showcase in EPCOT. So to show what the Land, which would be located in place of the huge parking lot behind TOT and would be entered through either the back of a Bugs Land or Cars Land. It would look like it does in the Photoshoped image below.
The bottom right would be a building similar to the America World Showcase but would house animatronic figures who helped to shape California into what it is today. It could also be home to an attraction like Hall of the Presidents but instead be the Hall of the Governors and house figures for all the Governors that have shaped California. Across from this attraction, on the water side of the road, would be the main restaurant of the area it would be divided into 5 areas, European influenced food, Latino influenced foods, Native American foods, Chinese influenced foods, and Japanese influenced foods. Each area of the restaurant would have a different theme depending on the food served in that area (think a super high classed food court).
The building on the top right would be home to a Latin-American attraction similar to the Mexico pavilion at EPCOT but with an exterior similar to a classic latin American home of early California. Across the way on the water side would be home to a small Hispanic eatery that gave tours similar to the Tortilla factory but instead they would show how early Californian Hispanic settlers prepared tortillas, chiles, ect.
The second building on down on the right would be home to the Japanese showcase building. It would be a Circle-vision film (similar to Canada World Showcase). The film would show the many ways that Japanese-Americans have shaped California and it would also explain the many ways that Japanese immigrants were mistreated during WWII with a segment devoted to the Tule Lake Internment Camp with interviews with those that were held at that and many other Internment camps across the US and Canada.
The third building down would house the Chinese showcase. The building would be similarly themed to the Chinese World Showcase area in EPCOT but would have a dark ride attraction (Casey Junior style trains but more realistic and less cartoony/ circusy) that depicted the many ways that Chinese immigrants were treated poorly in early Californian history and how without the labor of so many Chinese immigrants the Trans-conntinental railroad would have never been complete. There would also be an in-door eatery/ shop fashioned after China Town.
The bottom left building would be the Native American area. This would house a walk through attraction that shows the brutal ways in which Native Americans were treated by early settlers (Think intricate museum with Animatronic figures). It would also show how Native American culture has become a huge park of California and would have exhibits detailing how early tribes would survive during the days just before European settlers arrived. This area would be themed much like the indian village in Disneyland was with Native-American dancers performing hourly.
The building to the right of this building surrounded by trees would be a Native American themed play area with Native American arts and crafts to try out (ex: basket making, pottery, ect. Think Boy Scout Camp or something similar to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii).
The building on the far left could be a simple shop or eatery or a tribute to other races/ Ethnicities that have influenced California.
The lake in the middle could have ships similar to the Colombia (much smaller) but with a Japanese or Chinese style overlay. It would serve the same purpose that the People-mover served in Tommorowland by taking you around a tour of the area.
Anyways this area would be like a very compact version of EPCOT's World Showcase and would help to give more real world identity to the park and would enhance the offerings of the park greatly.
Just wondering if anyone else likes this idea...
(The images are screenshots of Google Earth).