Okay, this is going to be a long post...
With all these rumors of a Frontierland expansion coming in the future with a Woody theme. Well, If Disney is looking for a way to have a nice transition between Frontierland and Fantasyland, they don't necessarily need to use a cartoon character.
I was thinking of the overall theme of Disneyland, which of course is America. Adventureland is America's sence of andventure. Frontierland celebrates the American frontier. Etc... Well, my idea for the land between Frontierland and Fantasyland would be a little more darker than others, and would make those who have always wished for a villains land a little happy.
This new land would celebrate America's facination with the darker side of human nature, which intrigued many famous works of American literature. The land, called Raven Bay, would be mainly themed around the works of such writers as Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Nathanal Hawthorn and would consist of a few rides, shops and dining.
There would be two entrances, one, in Fantasyland near the entrance to the old Skyway, and the other right past Big Thunder, near the fry wagon. The Fantasyland side entrance would be a rod iron gate, similar to a cemetary gate, with Gothic writing of Raven Bay written on it. On top would be an AA raven starring malliciously down at the passing guests. Past the gate would be some knarled looking trees and a small cemetary with names of famous 19th century gothic writing. One, Edgar Allen Poe's, would have a small effect, where you hear his heartbeat rising from the soil. Next to his grave would be one for Lenore.
Further in would be the makings of a small 19th century New England town. Through the town would be various shops similar to what used to be in New Orleans Square. In one window of a very small shop would be a monkey's paw standing upright on a cushion. Every once in a while a finger on the paw would curl in until the fist is closed, finally opening back up creepily. Another store would be villains/Nightmare Before Christmas store.
One of the restaurants would be called "The Black Cat" and would be a sit down/buffeteria restaraunt in a dimly lit, ghostly restaurant. There would be another restaurant by the edge of the Rivers of America. This section would be themed to a whaling port with homages to Moby Dick. The restaurant here would serve sea food and be a new Blue Bayou.
And now for the attractions...
I only have one attraction down completely. There will be no cheap carnival type rides. The major draw of the land would be a ride themed to "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". This however, would not be themed to the cartoon, but more closely to the Tim Burton film.
Entering through a barn, riders would get into horse drawn carriages. These would be EMV type vehicles that would be "pulled" by an AA horse that would react to its surroundings. The ride would pass through the town of Sleepy Hollow, passing a Halloween Party going on inside one of the buildings. The riders then pass an AA Ichabod Crane on a horse, who says weird things have been going on outside of town inside the forest. He warns the riders to turn back, but they plunge on. They pass through the forest, encounter the Headless Horseman, and now must escape from him. After many scary close calls (The headless Horseman lands on the carriage and is about to attack when he is bucked off) and thrilling special effects, the riders finally make it past the bridge and into safety.
Although I am not quite sure I know what the other rides would be I would like to see a family friendly dark ride d-ticket and one c-ticket.
Well, thats my idea. What do you think?