Since I don't actually visit the forums here, but more of the news/photo posts on miceage, forgive me if anyone has already mentioned this:
The proposed plan as I have heard is that Critter Country will be switched to either the Hundred Acre Wood or Villain's Forest, and Tom Sawyer Island will become Jack Sparrow's Island.
First off, I agree that Critter Country is in need of a rehaul, made livelier, and should have throngs of people crowding it every day. Secondly, as sad as I am to see Tom Sawyer Island changed, as it was an original of Walt's, has been around seemingly forever, and pays a tribute to such a classic...
But, I digress.
Alright, here is the plan: Disney needs a land that speaks to the kids. From what I have gathered, Toon Town is not doing to job, and Fantasyland has dark rides that a lot of toddlers and such are scared to go on. Hundred Acre Wood fills need. Every kid at least knows about Winnie the Pooh and his friends. There's a different character to cover all the most obvious qualities of a personality for a child. Which is why the story resonates so well and has lasted as long as it has. Critter Country should become Hundred Acre Wood, as it already has the woodsy animal theme down, so it would by theoretically lest costly. I also think that the Winnie the Pooh ride that is already there is a draw for that land, so, you take the entire land, and just run with the theme! It draws the entire land together, gives it a balance, and guests will actually feel like they are in the story, surrounded by the characters...and I think that will put smiles on plenty of faces!
Now, I also think that the idea of a Villain's Forest is awesome! It reaches out to the teens and 20 somethings who like the villains and cool affects more! Why do you think the store 'Le Bat n Rouge' is always full? I think that the Villain's Forest should be on Tom Sawyer Island, and now called Villain's Island or Forest or some sort of nom de plume that will work. I mean, I love pirates/Jack Sparrow/Pirates of the Caribbean as much as the ext fan, but, there is already a ride, already a pirate ship, and already pirates 'taking over' New Orlean Square! Do we also need to have an entire island? I don't think so...if need be, to tie in the pirate/villain theme, have one the Pirate Ship Columbia become the Jolly Roger, and you get to see few minute long show put on staring Captain James Hook, possibly battling Peter Pan or someone else from that story. But, the island become the villain's home creates a 'spooky' atmosphere to a 'mysterious land surrounded by water' feel. There could be an evil witch's castle atop the boulders, poisoned apple orchard, primitive etchings of Scar in the caves...etc. Not to mention, Mickey has to battle all the bad guys over there during 'Fantasmic!', so why not have them live there?
Well, anyway...those are just my ideas! Hope you enjoyed them!