I actually did a DLR site plan years ago I was going to put up but never got around to, that proposed reinstating the marina as a new resort feature. I did a quick Photoshop mockup below:
Originally Posted by calsig31
My thinking was that eventually (possibly decades from now), the Paradise Pier Hotel could be demolished, and replaced with a more low-level, Victorian themed waterfront resort based on the Hotel del Coranado:
While part of the hotel would retain the current hotel's views of DCA, the new hotel would have to be much more sprawled across ground level to compensate for the rooms lost from the tower. To act as the hotel's new northern edge (and to give the guests in the new extension something to look at), the bottom floor of the hotel would instead be filled with shops and restaurants across a waterfront boardwalk, much like the Boardwalk hotel at WDW.
The Paradise Pier Hotel waterfront would wrap around a new marina, which would be shared with the Disneyland Hotel's southern tower. The new marina could have all the same paddle boats and rental stuff that the original had, and could be sort of "middle ground" between the PPH and the DLH. The idea was that instead of the current PPH hotel which has 3/4 of the rooms looking out over parking lots, the new Victorian hotel would have every room looking out over some kind of water feature. The eastern edge would have DCA's Paradise Bay and World of Color, the northern edge would have the new marina, and the southern edge would look out over a new water park which I never really defined.
This was all part of a "resort district" proposal I came up with that would sort of unite the three hotels around some shared amenities, and might give the DLR a more immersive, WDW-like feel overall. My thinking was that with the new marina, the water park, and even a new mini-golf course (I once started a thread about that idea here
), DLR guests would feel like spending much more of their time on property.
Just a pipe dream, I guess.