Maybe if the Pier is supposed to be taking place during Fleet Week and we have a carrier docked in Paradise Bay. Other than that, sailors would normally be seen around naval bases or on ships.
CS already has a theme to it. It's made to look like the old wooden coasters that were a staple to the beach/pier amusement parks of the day. But with modern twists (steel track, launch, loop, etc.) that could not be achieved at the time Paradise Pier is themed to. That's the mini story for CS. It's a backdrop. It's scenery. Nothing else. If you add Donald to CS, with Mickey on the Wheel and Goofy on the other coaster, it's very much drawing away from the Pier element of Paradise Pier, dontcha think?
AND it's this chatters favorite attraction at DCA. INCLUDING RSR!
Oh, and Marc Davis himself once said that not every attraction MUST have a story. A theme, sometimes, is more than enough.
The Pike in Long Beach was closely tied with the Naval Shipyard, which was literally next door. It was the norm and not the exception to see sailors hanging out and having fun in the Pike while their ships were being repaired or retrofitted in the shipyard. As a matter of fact my ex MIL grew up in Huntington Beach in the 1940s and 1950s. She tells the story of how her father would never allow her to go to the Pike to hang out with her friends because of all the sailors running around there who had been at sea for months before.
So yes, there is a connection between sailors and an amusment pier. A very close one to not imagine it otherwise. And in California in top of that.
I guess if wanted a normal looking coaster I'd go to Six Flags....at Disneyland and DCA I just wish they could make it feel more then just another coaster
I don't really see what the point of this would be. Like a few others have said CS is themed well, even if it doesn't have a true story. To me CS is more like the castle walls around Fantasyland or the Cadillac (or whatever they're called now) mountains behind carsland. They all serve as a themed background to the land the make each of those lands/places more realistic than believable. CS just happens to do double duty as a ride and a backdrop (while adding some kinetic energy to the land)! So I don't really see it needing a character overlay because even though it may be "just a rollercoaster" it's already doing its job and it has a proper place in this Disney theme park.
Also, just as a note, the sun is still a part of Paradise Pier's symbol, part of the reason the sun is there is because the title sign of the land is right above it. It would make little sense to put Donald there unless he was the land's mascot.
i like it how it looks on that screamin circle
The same thing with Screamin'. It is part of the overall theme to the land, a seaside pier. Really, Donald would just seem forced.
If California Screamin's soundtrack changes I will actually be upset with a long of other people, it's upbeat and adds a lot to the ride as it fits with the turns drops and everything. People are way too picky and critical of everything, sure the ride needs a new queue and new trains, but adding a face and characters and everything is just way too much.
The mock-up looks tacky. Mickey only worked there because it was subtle.