So, after they uncovered the new gate for DCA last Saturday I decided to see how it stood up against the one in WDW. I also cross referenced the actual Pan Pacific Auditorium gates they are based on. I was surprised to see that they actually aren't like the Disney-MGM gates at all.
Some people have been upset that we are getting a clone of the Disney Studio entrance, but they shouldn't be...we're not.
Clearly the intent of the Florida gate was to invoke the Pan Pacific, but the top bend is too squat, there are too many loops in the "flag holder" part, The original didn't have neon, and the shape is wrong, being more cylindrical instead of wing shaped like the original; even the color is all wrong. At best the gates of the Disney Studios could be said to be reminiscent of the Pan Pacific.
Now the DCA gates are a different story. They are almost an exact duplicate of the original Pan Pacific entrance. The top spire is in the proper place, there is the right number of "flag holder loops", it has the wing shape, and there's no neon, which means it will most likely be lit like the original. Obviously there are changes, the color is more in tune with the Disney-MGM version (pea green probably wouldn't look right), the back part has a natural end instead of blending into a structure, and of course its scaled down.
I, for one, am thrilled! I think the original structure is nicer than the version they did for WDW. It has cleaner, simpler lines and I love that they kept the wing shape. It makes more sense that a park devoted to California should get the definitive version of a California structure
So don't worry about it being a clone, it wont be.