Just a thought...
Could Cascade Peak be rebuilt with a darkride inside it, say Woody's Roundup. (I know some of you don't like to have a cartoon in Frontierland, but this is just a thought.) Between Cascade Peak and BTMRR and Big Thunder Trail would be the new dock for Columbia. Then coming off from the Peak and in ROA would be a new dock for Explorer canoes and new keelboats. Then Festival Arena becomes Western River Expedition's splashdown/reservior, queue, and un/load station? Then behind the train tracks will be WRE's show building but themed as Thunder Mesa.
A new pathway runs between the north end of Columbia dock and WRE where it splits into 2 trails. One leads between Columbia dock and Cascade Peak to get to canoes and keelboats (there should be a point where the trail leads under & over a waterfall, that's always neat. Unused keelboats & canoes could be docked on the west & east end of Columbia dock). While the other trail leads north to a new area where guests can explore the Indian Village, adobe house, and a village built into Thunder Mesa (while looking at WRE riders begin their venture and/or watch the splashdown at the end of the ride). Then that trail continues to a Critter Country Expansion that leads around behind the rest of ROA (to get past train tracks, maybe go under with a rocky bridge). The last new trail will lead from Big Thunder Trail, past Little Patch of Heaven and newly restored and open Big Thunder BBQ, past the WRE splashdown/reservior, under the train tracks (train bridge themed as wooden or rocky bridge), and leads through Toontown's Chip n Dale's Treehouse. Thus, connecting Frontierland to Toontown and connecting Frontierland to Critter Country making no deadends in the park. I understand there's a backstage roadway between Frontierland & Toontown, a themed doorway can be put there (similar to the doorways between Frontierland & Fantasyland).
For WRE, I would like to see it as the rumored HKDL's POTC ride where they will get a climatic drop and bunny hill coaster sequence (similar to Splash Mountain). And I heard the ride was to have a continous song sung throughout the entire attraction. I think that's a bad idea, look at It's A Small World. It's gotten an infamous reputation for their continous song loop. It should be like Splash Mountain's various song selections throughout the ride. I think it would be neat for the boats to travel in and out of Thunder Mesa to look down at the rest of BTR. Then the climatic splashdown goes under the train tracks, and comes rolling back up to a splashdown. At one point when the boats peek out of Thunder Mesa, they cross over the climatic drop (ala Splash Mountain & GRR, and running the opposite direction from the train. This will really make this area kinetic) Not sure if there should be a POTC/SM type of loading or BTMRR/INDY/IASW loading. And of course WRE music & lyrics by Alan Menken .
In addition to Tom Sawyer's Rafts, add in a couple of these flatboats: http://www.garylucy.com/flatboatmen.html . Or switch the flatboats and keelboats around. Read the context in the link, it's quite interesting. OR theme WRE boats as flatboats.
Random idea I'm not to fond of: add buildings in the water as if a major flood has just washed through. Or is that too insensitive?
Bring back original Golden Horseshoe show, or something similar to that. Move Billy & the Hillbillies to Big Thunder BBQ. I think DLR currently wants Laughing Stock to be in the Golden Horseshoe and right now they're playing outside of that building. Why not leave them performing outside of GH as streetmosphere. Streetmosphere is always cool. I understand there's a offstage ranch behind Frontierland, but I think they can stay. WRE/Thunder Mesa show building could probably be built avoiding them.
Put Grand Canyon diorama in the tunnel between Frontierland and Fantasyland. I'm sure once Fantasyland theater gets closed up, there will be enough room for the Grand Canyon. If the tunnel is used for trucks through backstage roadway, leave a blackout spot in the diorama for that. If Grand Canyon can't fit, at least theme the tunnel as a smooth rocky surface.
Perhaps northwest (across the tracks) have a "Pocahontas and Forest Friends" show similar to DAK's. But the theater will be themed as if you're inside the overhanging branches of Grandmother Willow. At first, the branches act like a closed stage curtain. When the show starts, the curtains open up and encircle the seating so you become INSIDE instead of being in an outdoor stage. The branches will have soundprooving (kinda like how USH's SFX stages separate their rooms with soundproof walls). This will also serve as a transition from Frontierland to Critter Country.
Regarding Woody's Roundup, what would you rather see be put there? American folklore or Tall Tales attraction? I was thinking Woody's Roundup could be something like this: http://www.sallycorp.com/Darkrides/challenge_of_tut.htm . Disney has worked with this company before in the past... There was a rumor that a "critter caroseul" would go with WR, I HATE THAT IDEA! I don't want to see that.
Here's a more fleshed out idea to replace Woody's Round-up: Famous american folklore heroes & heroines are joined together to fight crime ala DC's Justice League. You are invited to help patrol the western frontier with them as they go out on daily rescues. Queue & facade is their headquarters/ sheriff office. Signs are posted informing guests who these heroes are. Guests ride wind wagons as their transportation ("The Saga of Windwagon Smith"). Un/loading station themed as stables with horses and ox stare at the windwagons in awe (either indoors themed outdoors (POTC) or real outdoors (Pooh). Windwagons have motion simulators like Pooh, but doesn't make you see sick! We go through different scenes of our heros saving the day, such as bank robberies, stagecoach holdups, flash floods, derailing a train with a bomb, kidnapping, and chase scenes. The climax will be a tornado now threatening US, so our heroes save our lives and the end. The bad guys are rounded up in their jail cells. The last scene has a photographer take our picture with the heroes and made avaliable to purchase (color, black & white, or sephia tone of your choice).
Oh, and build a new Fantasmic! barge dock on the unused north end of Tom Sawyer Island. So as to not interrupt the guest experience. This new dock could probably be big enough to house new barges as well.
For those of you who remember my idea for Valley of Villainy, I changed that to be in a 3rd, maybe 4th, DLR theme park idea.
Well, what do you think?
EDIT: OR if no one likes Woody's Roundup, how about an old Discovery Bay attraction that was never built or is built some where else (yes, sorry, a clone). I just think something new can actually be put inside a new Cascade Peak and that would be awesome.