There's a lot of talk about a possible Tomorrowland or Fantasyland expansion/redo. It got me thinking about what TDA could do with an expansion or redo of Frontierland. Frontierland seems to me to have a bit of a problem in the fact that the idea of the frontier (old west, pioneers, cowboys, etc.) doesn't hold the same appeal in the current pop culture climate as it did when Disneyland opened. Westerns and fascination with the Old West persisted and dominated American Pop Culture for decades, really ending in the mid-80's with some of Peckinpah's later works. There's been some hits here and there (the works of Cormac McCarthy, Unforgiven, The Quick and the Dead, The Proposition), but for the most part, the romanticism and appeal of the Western has largely waned to almost obscurity in the last two decades.
So what would you do to revitalize Frontierland? Here's some of my thoughts.
Western River Expedition: Probably the grandaddy of all lost ideas. Marc Davis's lost labor of love, I'd love to see this fully realized with modern technology (LPS Maybe?) and expanded ideas. (Western River Expedition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Best location would be where the current Big Thunder BBQ, Petting Zoo, and Jamboree currently are.
Country Bear Jamboree: Bring it back, with updated effects and animatronics and a larger theater to absorb larger crowds.
Possible D-ticket along backside of the RoA: I don't know really what would go here. Maybe a people mover-esque ride that coasts along the backside of the RoA, where the old Nature's Wonderland train ride use to travel.
Anyone have any other ideas?