The opening of Carsland has prompted a lot of speculation regarding new lands and attractions in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Maybe because BVS and Carsland look so good and have gotten off on a great foot, fans figure a "sequel expansion" is in the works.
However, recently the Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney will cut back significantly on domestic spending ($6 billion for Carsland, BVS, Fantasyland Expansion, a Hawaiian resort and cruise ships), and that the only big project on the slate is Avatarland, which will open by 2016 at the earliest . . . if they decide to actually build.
As it opens new attraction, Disney prepares to cut capital spending - OrlandoSentinel.com
There's a Kevin Yee blurb.
Looks like DLR might be entering a half-decade drought where nothing new is announced. Most of the attention will probably be on Shanghai Disneyland and the new stuff being built in Hong Kong.
The article mentions that Universal backed by wealthier Comcast is outspending Disney domestically, I guess in terms of parks as it looks like Disney put slightly more into Aulani and cruise ships than attractions and new lands on each coast.
Though . . .
Domestic spending 2011 - $2.3 Billion
Domestic spending 2012 - unknown, expected to be more
Projected spending 2013 - article didn't say
Projected spending 2014 - $1.5 Billion
And the analyst said that the 2014 number might be conservative. If they don't build any more hotels or cruise ships, then DLR might get a big chunk of the $1.5 Billion, right? That would be enough to start building a $150-200 million dollar ride/land expansion in Disneland, assuming a good chunk of domestic spending is upkeep.