Ever been trapped in Critter Country? I have and it aint pretty. This is Disneyland's very worst cul-de-sac with only one narrow pathway along the River's of America leading in and out. On busy days it can become the mother of all bottlenecks.
But what if there was another way out? A 'backdoor' so too speak that could improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion for that entire side of the park. Is such a thing even possible? Is there room?
I believe there is. While looking at some ariel photos of Disneyland today (when I should have been working) my attention was drawn to the backstage area on the Northwest side if the park - beyond the berm, that is. I started thinking (a dangerous pastime you know) and it looked to me like some sort of pathway could be constructed from behind the back of Critter Country, around the Country Bears, er... I mean Pooh show building and eventually connect up with the Big Thunder Ranch area of Frontierland.
I'm thinking a fully themed pathway along the lines of Big Thunder Trail between Fantasyland and Frontierland. Call it the Wilderness Trail. On one side would be the already fully landscaped berm of the Disneyland railroad, on the other side, well, you know, a low berm separating it from the remaining backstsage area, some tall trees, a water feature or two (a creek would be nice) and some of those fake rocks that WDI is so good at making. The railroad berm would separate the trail from view of passing watercraft on the River's of America so we wouldn't lose that nice wild country feeling back in there. Add some benches, a bathroom and a few props about Lewis and Clark or Davy Crocket here and there and, voila! You've got yourself a nice addition to Frontierland and a major improvement in park traffic flow.
Could it be done? Should it be done?