The best food I had at my last Disneyland trip was at that Jazz Kitchen place in Downtown Disney. Their brunch was amazing.
Downtown Disney District Restaurant : Traditional New Orleans Cuisine : Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Restaurant in Anaheim, California
I like the sweet potato fries. I think they're part of what they're finally starting to get right when it comes to food.
Just a few things at the top of my list:
1) Remove the tall trees behind sleeping beauty castle, it throws off the forced perspective from Main Street
2) Replace/Redesign the Matterhorn Bobsleds' track to smooth out those jarring turns
3) Add padding/cushioning to Bobsleds.
4) Remove the Peoplemover track
5) Return Astro Orbiter to its rightful place
6) Reconfigure Fastpass for Indy: Allow Standby through the temple to free up space in AL. Fastpass should follow along wide exit path and meet up near station.
7) Second parking structure should be built to ease the parking situation
8) Lower prices for Merch and Food. Affordable=more purchases=more $
9) Merchandise selection.
Other than that Disneyland is fine to me!
Tomorrowland is in dire need of attention, imagination, originality, and creativity. It has slipped from being a land dedicated to the innovation and promise of the future to being a land only offering occasional glimpses into this original intention, the rest of the land focusing on Pixar characters, video games, and a dated vision of what the future was thought to be. And that's why this is the first land to address when asking the question of what needs to be fixed in the park. The submarines need to be rethemed an attraction that actually involves exploring the undiscovered parts of the ocean and the implications of what we might find there in the future or removed all together. I like the kinetic energy that they add to the land and the look of the lagoon, so I would be in favor of a retheme instead of a removal. Something needs with that atrocious outdoors portion of the Space Mountain queue that's currently nothing but a giant concrete slab. I love the rest of the Space Mountain queue, it's highly effective at transporting you to a space station orbiting millions of miles above the Earth, and the pre-fastpass portion of the queue needs to equal this immersion. The restoration of the People Mover track (even if it means tearing the current track down and building a new one) would bring the desperately needed kinetic energy to the land, and once again by a physical metaphor of our constant innovation and progress into the future. However, if that track will never be restored, it should at least be removed instead of sitting to rot for an indefinite period of time. I would be in favor of demolishing Autotopia, as the future of travel that it's portraying has become a modern day reality. If it must stay, it should be rethemed to driving around a futuristic city and the car, if possible, should be converted to electric models. The queue should be rethemed to showcases the promises of advancements in motor vehicles and transportation in the future. The original Rocket Jets should return along with their former position far above the ground and further into the land, removing the Astro Orbitor from its current location along with those congestion-causing rocks that create chaos entering and emerging from the land, finally allowing Tomorrowland to breathe. The Starcade is a convenient place to take a nice, air-conditioned break, but I would be in favor of demolishing it if the space were needed for a new attraction as it doesn’t really evoke a sense of tomorrow. Pizza Port should either be demolished or should start serving better quality food. Tomorrowland also needs the addition of several new original, non-franchised based attractions such as a reincarnation of Adventures Thru Inner Space with updated technology or an attraction exploring the possibilities and implications of time travel. As far as franchised-based rides, a TRON/TRON: Legacy, Iron Man, or Wall-E rides could potentially be good attractions depending on the execution. A TRON/TRON: Legacy attraction would need to explore and explain the possibility of traveling into a computer and the progression of digital technology instead of being all about zipping around on light cycles. An Iron Man attraction would need to focus on the technology of the suit and the promises of clean energy instead of just fighting villains. And a Wall-E attraction would need to focus on sustainability and the promise of a beautiful tomorrow in the future instead of the cuteness of the robot and a negative view of the future. If franchises are to be brought in, it should be one of those three and done in an appropriate manner. I think that only one more franchise-based attraction should be brought into the land and the rest should be original stories and experiences. Innovations, Captain EO, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters should permanently be sent to the past, probably to joined by the Starcade, Autotopia, and Pizza Port, and perhaps by the subs.
Over in Frontierland, a restoration of Tom Sawyer’s Island is needed to return to its former glory. They should officially send the pirate overlay to yesterland and rebuild icons like Fort Wilderness to be enjoyed by this generation. The Golden Horseshoe should be the home to a new show the quality level of the Golden Horseshoe Revue. It’s a shame that there’s not really room for a full reincarnation of Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland in Frontierland. Although Big Thunder Mountain is a well-themed coaster, the slow-moving, environment-intensive rides like Mine Train allows the Guest to savor each little detail. Frontierland could benefit greatly from something like that. I think that at the very least, a condensed version would suffice, featuring the highlights of the original attraction like the Rainbow Caverns and a rebuild of iconic Cascade Peak.
Toon Town is another problem area in the park. For a land that’s supposed to be continually bright and energetic, this land lacks pizzazz and feels uninspired. Get the Jolly Trolley up and running again, adding spirit and kinetic energy as it meanders along the streets, emphasizing the bright, cheery, silly spirit of the land. Start updating the houses. Get something going on in that land that warrants the trip back there, besides Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin and Mickey’s House.
Restore Pirates of the Caribbean to its former glory by removing all movie tie-ins and references to Captain Jack Sparrow. If not all, at least let the Jack Sparrow appearances be more subtle. Let us ride the attraction without hearing his name ten times. Return the original plot of the ride to a treasure hunt. Remove Barbossa and return the Wicked Wench’s original captain. Remove the misters with Blackbeard and Davy Jones and let darkness return to the caverns with the original "perhaps ye knows too much" dialogue which is ten times more chilling and memorable than Davy Jones or Blackbeard could ever hope to be.
Either convert Tarzan’s Tree House back to Swiss Family Robison Tree House or a third incarnation of the tree house that reflects the same levels of immersiveness and adventure offered by SFRTH. Send the passive experience of Tarzan’s tree house to yesteryear and make the tree house a place where imagination once again thrives.
Put the line back inside Indiana Jones so that the beautiful queue may be properly admired and used as originally intended. I also think that a restoration of attraction’s original "ice effect" in the overlook room would be a really neat effect to the ride.
Fix the ceiling on "it’s a small world". Make it less obvious and more visually appealing. Remove the Disney characters whose presence only cheapens and commercializes the experience and marginalizes the children of the world. Ideally, I'd like to see the return of the rain forest scene and the removal of the American scene that replaced it. This ride is supposed to be about experiencing and appreciating cultures other than our own, as beautifully said in a post on Re-Imagineering four years ago, "the original show writers were asking American audiences to step away from their own national consciousness and take stock in the wider world around them. It’s a Small World was never about nationalistic fervor. It was about finding our common humanity outside our own borders." The rain forest was one of the most enjoyable scenes of the ride, brimming with spirit and Blair's quirky design and character, it's a treasure that should be restored. The current American scene sticks out like a sore thumb.
They need to do something with Aladdin’s Oasis instead of letting it sit vacant minus the occasional character meet-and-greet. Bring back the Tahitian Terrace or another restaurant or attraction of high quality.
Do something with Winnie the Pooh. Either start plans to replace the attraction or upgrade its terribly cheap looking sets and animatronics.
Return the high standards for the windows on Main Street. No more paper cut-outs or cheap displays.
Improve the merchandise offerings around the park. No more generic "Disney Parks" labels and cheap souvenirs that you can find anywhere in the resort. More location-specific offerings and unique items.
Fix the problems with the new Matterhorn bobsleds.
Start treating Cast Members with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
But the number one thing that needs to change at the resort is the viewpoint and mentality of the people that are running it. Disneyland isn't just about turning movies into rides. It isn't just another Disney platform to promote the brand and characters. It's a unique little corner of the world that celebrates the inner child within all of us while promoting the principles of adventure, dreams, fantasy, nostalgia, history, character, story, art, science, and progress. It's about details and originality and uniqueness, about a perfect balance of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy. It's about utter immersion to a redefined reality, transportation to another time, another place, evoking wonder through a dynamic blend of artistry, creativity, and imagination brought to life and filling every corner of the park. That's what Disneyland is about, and that's really the one thing that needs to be remembered, the one thing needed for improvement. If this is realized, everything else will simply fall into place.
I voted to remove the PeopleMover track and get rid of Innoventions.
I actually like Captain EO so I hope that sticks around long enough for me to see it again.
Gatheringrosebuds, so basically turn Disneyland into a museum where nothing changes?
I posted a reply to your question on the same topic a couple days ago. Since you apparently missed it, here it is again:
There is a similar but (in my opinion) more urgent thread in the Walt Disney World section.
Here's a link for you bicoastal Disney fans:
Remove any item that says Disney Parks on it. At this point it almost looks like Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain have more park specific merchandise than Disneyland. As much as I love Epcot, I don't want to buy anything with Spaceship Earth on it when I'm at Disneyland.