I'd like to get your opinions on this idea, please:
I was watching "Brother Bear" and thought what if some of those beautiful landscapes from the film was put into the back of Rivers of America as themeing for the pathway some people would like to connect Critter Country with Frontierland (and possibly Valley of Villainy). And this themed pathway would satisfy the people who think Disneyland doesn't need a new land to connect CC and FL behind ROA. SO...
1) A Pedistrian pathway runs under the train tracks and both the pedistrians and guests aboard the train look into a wide and glamours view of hotsprings, glaicers, hills, rivers, waterfalls, etc. (All of this on the north side of the tracks. Meaning the cattle-themed passenger train cars will have to be retooled to make all the seating face foward. So when the trains pass, on their left is the "brother bear" inspired landscape and their right are the "grand canyon" and "dinosaur" diaramas.) This would be outdoors.
2) If choosen to be indoors like the grand canyon and dinosaur diaramas, pedestrians either be directly under the train tracks, one level below the tracks but not directly under (pedestrians have a more close up landscape view while the train gets a higher view). OR the landscaping is inbetween the train tracks and pedestrian walkway. Either indoors or outdoors.
3) Another option is either having AA bears, moose, rabbits, rams, birds,squirrels, mammoths, etc being indoors or outdoors. Or have real animals inside this landscape. If the exhibit is between the walkway and trains, to move the animals in and out of this live exhibit, they go under the walkway and up to backstage. But most likely, Disney won't option for live animals.
So basically, from the train ride, you can have a sense of the now gone Frontierland attraction "Nature's Wonderland".
The above was my main point in this thread. But I would also like to share some other CC expansion ideas, if you don't mind (clockwise from CC, behind ROA, and back of Thunder Ranch).
1) Wilderness Trail- Take a leisurely walk through the wilderness and spot some animal friends. Either the animals are carved & painted statues like this: http://www.tdrfan.com/tdl/critter_co...o/critters.jpg and/or realistic looking statues. Experience the great outdoors walking through streams, forestry, waterfalls, and Man's campsite. The songs and music of Bambi, Fox & the Hound, Robin Hood, and Brother Bear complete the atmosphere. Maybe through a winter wonderland as well? Or have the winter wonderland come during the holidays? Located after the Winnie-the-Pooh shop and running through backstage and return relatively near the train tracks. This is so you can wind through backstage and continue going around the Rivers of America. I'm not sure if my location proposal would fit. Another option is start the pathway from the Canoe dock & bottom floor of Hungry Bear Restaurant, walking the riverfront of ROA, and then under the train tracks to continue your wilderness exploration and discovery.
2) I think there's enough room behind the Pooh show building to make a new dark ride here. Not sure what yet. Anyone have any original ideas?
3) The return of a new and improved "Country Bears" show. But I would have 1 showroom instead of 2. I haven't seen WDW's version to be honest. I'd like to see a different show. Not a direct copy of an old show program. Sure keep the songs in, but make it different. I always felt parts of the "Vacation Hoedown" was slow and made me sleepy. Then again, I was a little kid when I last saw it...
4) Robin Hood?- Wonder through Sherwood Forest and play in Robin's camp. (Playhouse & Meet-n-Greet???).
5) Maybe a maze here. Not sure what to theme it. Maybe just more wilderness themeing. And probably wrap around the Robin Hood play area.
6) Cabin/ craftsman or cavern themed vegetarian snack shop with limited seating. No themeing or Bambi/Thumper theme.
*7) Pocahontas show similar to DAK's?? Guests sit infront of a stage. The stage is closed with leaves. When the show starts, the curtain of leaves track around the guests and enclose them away from the outside world. Guests realize they're enclosed inside GrandMother Willow's leaves. And the rest of the stage looks similar to the one in DAK. Maybe put this in some other future DLR park expansion.
*8) "The Magic of Brother Bear" transplated here?? Or I have this other crazy idea. A Brother Bear AA musical show similar to Country Bears. When the show starts, the northern lights are projected above the guests (similar to D-MGM's Little Mermaid show). Perhaps also the beginning be similar to Knott's Mystery Lodge. Anyway, you listen to the music of brother bear, they are joined by other critters and they sing their tune. E.G., "Little April Showers", "When You're The Best of Friends", etc.
*Personally, I don't like ideas # 7 & 8 much being in Critter Country. But it's out here so I can find out what you think.
9) Proposed Brother Bear inspired landscape themeing. [Also the BB wall handprint would be transplanted here from DCA. You know the thing that tells you what animal you are? And when guests enter a glacier ice cave scene, the walls are cold and wet similar to what is done at Sea World's Artic attraction.] If the trains and pedistrians go indoors for the BB landscape, of course the outside would be themed as a rocky cavern.
The ideas in #9 with the brackets I don't like much. The hand thing can stay in DCA while the ice wall can go to another DLR park expansion.
10) To get to Froniterland, the guests could probably walk from a level lower than the train and walk up to Big Thunder Trail (similar to how CC works). Or like Knott's, have guests stop and let the train pass through. In FL, they would be a closed FL train station depot, Woody's Roundup, and Little Patch of Heaven Petting Farm and BBQ(?) But I think DL would probably not want to hire CM to stop guests from crossing the tracks so they'll go with CC style. If the tracks do end up as a bridge, instead of themeing it to woodwork, theme it as smooth rock work. See the Arizonia and Utah pics in the 1st link below for reference. Continue the smooth rock formations into the tunnel that the trains pass through to get to Toontown station.
HAHA, then this rockwork can transition as the Cave of Wonders theme into Valley of Villainy
PICS FOR INSPIRATION: http://www.amath.washington.edu/~ber...pinelakes.html
What's the small building above the Splash Mountain building? The Pooh shop? And what's the large building above the small building in question? Pooh ride?