OK, early 90s, senior management at the Walt Disney Co. decide on a plan of action (as part of the Disney Decade) to expand Walt's Magic Kingdom into a fully fledged resort - complete with new hotels, a shopping complex, and of course, a new theme park.
We all know the story.
WestCOT came and went, and Disney's California Adventure took its place. The first DCA concept was released in 1996. But what would you have done with the Disneyland Resort concept? This is NOT what you would have developed as a second theme park - this is what your idea of the Disneyland Resort would be.
Mine would simply be an expansion of Disneyland's magic. I would perhaps keep Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, but only to compliment it's sister Disney's Grand Floridian Resort down in, guess, Florida. The Disneyland Pacific Hotel would be demolished, as would the parking lot.
Where Downtown Disney stands now would be a fully sized Pleasure Island, twice the size of it's Floridian counterpart, and complete with a surrounding moat. I am not going to go into too much detail, but the heavily themed bars and clubs which were the main part of WDW's PL when it first opened, and family friendly clubs as well. Plus, the usual shops and memoribila shops, as well as a range of casual and high class eateries.
Disney's Hollywood Gardens Hotel would open on the former parking lot, a heavily themed, completely encapsulating experience of the Hollywood lifestyle of the 1940s. Lots of Art Deco, perhaps a lot like Disney's Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong. In the 'gardens' of the name, there is a 1/2 replica of the Hollywood Bowl, occasionally hosting Disney Channel singers, famous singers singing Disney hits, Magic Music weekends etc.
I thought long and hard about even including a second park in my proposals. I know in reality would be completely against it, but I thought of building a water park opposite Disneyland on the old parking lot. Outside the park, it looks like a jungle. Inside the park, you are in a Caribbean village, then hurtling through water slides passing through ship wrecks, or floating on a lazy river surrounded by AA pirates. Yes you guessed it, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Water Park. It extends the magic of Disneyland, it compliments the park, yet doesn't try to rival it.
Any other ideas?