Alright, so lots of threads have folks discussing what they want to see in TL. Get rid of Observatron, fix PM, new rides, etc. Since those ideas are kinda spread out in a bunch of threads, I thought I would post my idea here in response to all of this.
Basically, what I propose would encompass all of the ideas stated above. I am still working out the kinks in all of this, not to mention that I'm assuming that money isn't a factor. Ok, here goes...
First, Observatron gets removed. That space is going to be needed. What I think that TL needs more than anything else is some kind structual monument, something that is pleasing to the eye, something that draws people in. You might argue that Space Mountain does this, but you can't see it from the entrance, so I would disagree. Don't get me wrong, SM is beautiful and by far the coolest thing just to look at in TL. But, TL no longer has a weenie to draw people in. So, I would propose that such a weenie gets built on the Observatron platform. I envision a towering spire, very sleek, clean, futuristic. Make it out of glass, steel, use the most modern architecture techiniques. As far as height, perhaps somewhere between 100-150 ft. tall. This part is a guess because I don't know if there are any codes that limit structure height for the park. The idea is that it is tall, it reaches toward the sky, it draws people to look upwards towards where the future lies, be that space, aviation, skyscraper living, etc.
Now, this spire isn't going to be something just to look at. It will also play an important role in my new ride for TL. I envision a thrill ride that is themed around the latest in aviatoin technology. Has anyone heard of that jet that NASA tested not that long ago that went rediculously fast? Or developmental propulsion for jets that allow for unheard of manuverability while traveling at high speed? And I'm pretty sure that everyone has heard of SpaceShip 1 and the idea of private flights into space. Ok, so that's what we're shooting for here. No new track is required, it's already sitting there unused. The people mover track is long, and runs right towards and around where the spire would sit. Obviously, the track would have to be modified, banked turns, faster track, etc. but otherwise it's already there ready to be used. The loading area would have to change, perhaps somewhere in Innoventions where the track runs? This part is up in the air. Folks would get on the ride in jet-shaped cars, and then would blast around the PM track at high speeds, the idea being to simulate jet flight. Then, when they reach the spire, the cars don't circle it, they climb it. Track is added and modified to circle up the spire at a rapid pace, simulating a climb into space, and then "fall" back down in a much wilder fashion, to simulate the various manuvering capabilities of new aircraft. It would match back up with the PM track and return to a regular flight pattern, finally bringing the riders back to the loading area. For the dark areas of the ride, you might stop the cars and have some sort of "briefing" for the "pilots" explaining the various functions of the aircraft. Perhaps the whole ride could be a sort of test flight, so that the riders become test pilots.
Now, about the use of the PM track. I'm sure that some purests won't like it because they would rather see the original PM return. I, personally, never got the opportunity to ride it. It looks great, and I would be very excited to see it return. However, what I'm trying to present is something big and exciting to intice the TDA folks who may think that the PM was boring, or want a bigger challenge.
Finally, and this may be reaching a bit, I would put a restaraunt at the top of the spire. I like the idea of having something the resembles the old space station mock-ups from the Tomorrowland segments on Disneyland USA. You could have it slowly spinning around the top so that folks get a wide view of the park from the many windows along the side. You would have to take an elevtor through the spire up to the top. This would probably have to be a Blue Bayou-type restaraunt, with reservations required, etc. Again, this is probably the most ambitious part of all of this, so it may not work.
Ok, that's pretty much it. It's still pretty rough, so please be kind with your criticism. I would love to hear some feedback to help develop this idea, so let me know what you think, what would you change, would this draw you to TL or not, etc. Hope you all like it.