With DCA's multi-year and multi-billion dollar expansion coming to a close in just TEN DAYS, it's a curiosity of mine to see how the new changes will go with guests and how attendance may or may not rise for the struggling second gate. If successful enough, I can almost guarantee you that a Phase 2 expansion is on the way, finally turning DCA into a respectable rival for its sister across the way, and eventually the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few cities away. As an armchair Imagineer it is my duty to come up with some very rough ideas for a Phase 2 expansion. Please let me know what you think.
Golden River Expedition: Replacing A Bug's Land is a brand-new EMV boat ride in lieu of POTC and HM, something DCA has lacked since opening day. Gold Mountain, a Sierra Nevada-style mountain rises up in place of the former land, hosting an adventure unlike anything else in the park: Golden River Expedition. A greatly revised revival of the infamous Western River Expedition, guests board a rickety boat and sail back in time to the California Gold Rush, traveling through an eerie gold mine followed by a beautiful pine forest with rushing cascades and quaint streams where they encounter the expansion of the railroad, gold miners at work, and hungry wolves. The trip then takes a quick turn through a Native American village (natives of California of course) before drifting directly into the little mining town of Wine Gulch. A band of rowdy gold miners have had a very successful day of work and have showed up to town to engorge in the town's supply of wine. Chaos ensues in the town, ending in a gunfight between the angry police force and the now violent miners. Of course lots of sight gags are present. The city subdues into Boot Hill, the town's graveyard when a bolt of lightning springs from the heavens and strikes the earth, resurrecting the dead...skeletons of long-dead citizens emerge from their graves, attempting to ATTACK guests! But luckily they escape...only to go right into the middle of a burning forest. The raging forest fire tosses guests down a massive outdoor waterfall and into abandoned mines below, leading them back into the loading area. After the drop I'm considering having guests pass the distant skyline of modern day San Francisco, symbolizing that guests have returned to their own time and have entered the former home of the Gold Rush over a hundred years later. Because a new mountain has been erected, the side facing Hollywood Land is given a grassy appearance and the Hollywoodland letters, and the side facing Cars Land resembles a desert butte. It's Tough to be a Bug is the only remnant of Bug's Land and DCA 1.0, albeit a mountain facade is given to the theater as a replacement for the giant mural. All of the western elements such as the banditos, cowboys, Indians, and buffalo would be utilized in Frontierland in a brand-new attraction along with new show scenes along the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad.
The Great Movie Ride: Although I'm not a big fan of cloning things into second gates, I am a big supporting of the GMR being installed at DCA. The massive ride replaces the Millionaire and Monsters, Inc. buildings. Personally I think it'd be great if it had a facade other than the Chinese Theater. The old commissary building is gutted and replaced by an indoor nightclub, that club being the Mad T Party, finally allowing the tackiness of nighttime entertainment removed from 1940's Hollywood Land. The GMR itself features a brand-new selection of films from throughout history, once again to distinguish itself from DHS's original.
Hollywood Land: Thinking about it now, Hollywood Land actually has some pretty good architectural designs resembling the Hollywood of days gone by. Because of this much of it will remain...however every tacky sign, unrealistic facade, and modern references will be removed, such as the Off-the-Page store's giant 3D sign. Muppet*Vision, the Mad T Party Club, and the Hyperion are all given new facades, ridding of DCA 1.0's tackiness and bringing in the theme of classic Hollywood. Every other facade resembling old Hollywood remains. The Animation building takes cues from Egyptian architecture featuring beautiful ornate designs. The Tower of Terror receives a brand-new paint job, making it all white with dark orange roofing. This makes the attraction greatly resemble unused concept art for the original attraction which features a white and orange tower. Some more Twilight Zones references are added in the queue, exit, and gift shop. A new and worthy replacement for Aladdin makes its way into the Hyperion. New background music consisting of 1930's and 40's big band music fills the air. I even have a list:
"Hooray for Hollywood" - From Hollywood Hotel
"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" - Tommy Dorsey
"Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" - Billy Cotton
"St. James Infirmary" - Cab Calloway
"Happy Days Are Here Again!" - Ben Selvin and the Crooners
"We'll Meet Again" - Vera Lynn
"Tiger Rag" - Louis Armstrong
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" - Louis Armstrong
"Deep Purple" - Turner Layton
"You're the Top" - Cole Porter
"(I've Got Spurs) Jingle, Jangle Jangle" - Kay Kyser
"Minnie the Moocher" - Cab Calloway
"You're the Top" - Cole Porter
"I'll Be Seeing You" - Billie Holiday
"Pico and Sepulveda" - Felix Figueroa
Country Bear Revue: A Tribute to the Music and Lore: Held within a MASSIVE redwood tree fallen on its side is what else but a revival of the Country Bear Jamboree in place of the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Inside the tree is a rustic theater is a musical tribute to California hosted by Marc Davis's classic creations. The songs featured include:
"Pianjo (California, Here I Come)" - Gomer and Henry
"California, Here I Come" - Five Bear Rugs and Henry
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - Trixie
"Movin' Right Along" - Wendell and Henry
"Alcatraz Rock" - Liver Lips McGrowl ("Jailhouse Rock" with revised lyrics)
"Blazing Saddles" - Five Bear Rugs (revised theme to match California theme)
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" - Shaker (Shaker is now a location-confused polar bear stuck in Death Valley)
"California Bears" - Sun Bonnet Trio, Gomer, and Trophy Heads (revised "California Girls")
"She'll Be Coming Round Mammoth Mountain" - Ernest, Henry, and the Five Bear Rugs (Skier Ernest sings about Mammoth Mountain, revised "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
"I'll Be Seeing You" - Teddi Barra and Henry
"Blood on the Saddle" - Big Al
"Hooray for Hollywood/Route 66/California, Here I Come/Ole Slew Foot" - Company (Big Al still singing "Blood on the Saddle" as tribute to the original show while the rest of the cast tries to drown him out)
"Come Again" - Henry, Sammy, and Trophy Heads
A Christmas show is implemented every December, starting a few years after the regular show has been in operation.
Grizzly Mine Train Ride: Unnamed roller coaster similar to Big Grizzly Mountain at HKDL. I have no idea where this'd go. Possibly an attachment to Gold Mountain and briefly intertwine with Golden River Expedition. If so then it'd be very similar to Western River Expedition's original plan to be a part of Big Thunder Mountain in the massive Thunder Mesa complex.
Just One Dream - The Legend of Walt Disney: Replacing Off-the-Page is a new rendition of the Walt Disney Story held in a small theater. Although it may seem a bit creepy, an animatronic Walt Disney and Mickey magically make an appearance side-by-side towards the finale. "Just One Dream," the lost theme song of Golden Dreams plays during a montage at the end of the film.
Unnamed Dark Ride: An unnamed dark ride meant to replace Goofy's Sky School. I have no idea what it'll be. I was thinking of using the old concept of Mickey's Madhouse or Circus Disney once intended for the never built Dumbo's Circusland. It'd be a trackless ride utilizing the ride system of Pooh's Hunny Hunt at TDL and eventually the Ratatouille ride at WDS.
Thoughts? Questions, comments, concerns?