You see a lot of threads around here always asking for the removal of "a bug's land". I know I'm one of the few, but I actually really enjoy and love the concept of "a bug's land". Execution of the land is the problem. The theming is top notch and landscaping wonderful; the attractions are lacking.
If I were in charge, I would definitely keep ITTBAB (best 3D show in a Disney park, wonderful AA's, and a completely immersive lobby and theater), Flik's Flyers (great themed spinner), and Hemlich's.
I would expand Hemlich's in the land to take the place of Tuck N Roll and Francis' and make it an attraction more in tune with an attraction like Casey Jr.'s, perhaps with a small indoor, dark ride-esque scene. I think it would be awesome to see the ride vehicles changed from the character to a train made from objects taken by bugs (like Flik's Flyers).
I would love to somehow move the entrance of ITTBAB to be more within the land (closer to Cereal Box somehow).
I would also add an eatery near where the current ITTBAB entrance is. This is going to back to DCA 1.0. It would be great to have the Shake Shack (date shakes mmmm) back as well as a little snack eatery serving small, picnic-inspired (to fit land theme) food items (ants on a log, anyone?)
The land certainly has a lot of potential to be even more fun and immersive. I love the whole theme of bugs and being in their world; it resonates across ages.
Also, I never understood the "a bug's land" doesn't fit into CA theme. They're bugs...they honestly could be anywhere. The movie setting obviously shows a place that could be in any of the oak grassland valleys of CA. It's not that much of a stretch. I bet the Pixar artist were partially inspired for the setting of this movie by locations near the campus in Emeryville. I actually just bought a book for my classroom, "Aesop in California", which has the story of the Ants and the Grasshopper (which inspired A Bug's Life) and the research location for the illustrations was Quail Lake here in Southern California (whole book uses CA settings to tell Aesop's tales). The illustrations looked quite similar to the setting of the movie.
I just feel the land has a lot of potential to be fun. It's already very immersive for being in such a small space. I would think it would be very difficult to do something different in that amount of space. If that could happen, I would only ask for two things: 1) that this new "land" offer just as many attractions for ALL height limits (the rides in "a bug's land" really are a hit with the little ones and can be enjoyed by adults, if they so choose); and 2) that this new "land" offer just as much greenery, landscaping, and shade as "a bug's land" (which would be difficult for ideas I seen thrown around here for the space; Cars Land expansion, HL expansion, mini Mission area, or any other type of cityscape would lack the greenery).
Thoughts? Comments? Other Ideas?