They should build Mermaid Lagoon and have Ariel's castle be the the central Icon of DCA. If they put it where Flik's Fun Fair and Tough to be a Bug is now, there would be plenty of room. Plus, all they'd need to do is re-theme it all and keep the current rides (new movie or stage show for the Bug's Life Theater).
Would the castle be visible from a bug's land? I would actually prefer they keep a bug's land because I think it fits in better than a mermaid kingdom. Plus, I'm not too fond of copying lands from other Disney parks and would prefer they (if they have to) create something completely new for California Adventure.
I still really like the 30's and 40's scenario. The Rocketeer and Dick tracy franchises would fit in well. Maybe a nod to the Old "Rock"?
I always thought it odd that DCA chose to represent the Palace of the Fine Arts over something a little more iconic. How many people even have heard of the PoFA? I'd love to see (for selfish reasons, because I like it a ton) Avalon...
I would say in addition to what I previously posted, put a life-size statue of Califia in a water fountain as DCA's transportation hub. On the statue base I thought of the pearls, gold, golden weapons, men, women, griffins, and Cortez to reflect the original story. But I think her standing on a rocky representation of her mythical island is fine. On the front, put a plaque of the poem or excerpt about Califia. Then put the opening day plaque with the CA tower and Golden State museum idea I had. The whole statue and base sits in a water fountain with a similar "water wave" effect as the current sun dial hub fountain has but encircles with the statue base. Or the statue is raised into the air by water (ala TDS) that spills over the "island" and into the fountain. With the water wave effect along the edge of the fountain closest to guests' fingertips. Also adding other special water effects and lit color. Also keep the trees around the statue fountain hub.
In a certain aspect, the Califia statue in DCA reflects the Walt and Mickey statue in DL.
EDIT: hey, my 1,600th post...
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"You're not thinking fourth dimensionally!" -Back to the Future
"With this place, I wanted to give them something real, something that wasn't an illusion, something they could see and touch. An aim devoid of merit."
I think the whole California theme needs to be gutted. With a state that is really not that old compared to most of the wolrd, there's just not enough for Imagineers to work with (and then get approved).
I'm with Dusty here. Tokyo DisneySea is an absolutely spectacular resort...we don't need a carbon copy, but the idea behind the park would be good for the area that DCA occupies. California is (usually) a warm place, where the ocean is a prime representation...originally, DCA was supposed to be a water park.
So, why not re-theme the park as "Mystery/Fantasy Island" (the name is a work in progress). The theme would be broad enough that DCA wouldn't have to just be totally bulldozed and start from scratch, but some of the really cool rides could be kept in place. It would be like a fantasy world/place that is unknown to most...things are very different, almost from another universe...remote and untainted by the world we know. Ariel's castle as the weenie could be really nice, and Paradise Pier would automatically mesh.
I totally never knew that that was supposed to look like a postcard. No wonder I never liked it. I suppose that the Sun Wheel being larger would help, but the area surrounding it looks really tacky.
No, DCA needs to tap into the essence of the ocean in order to better succeed. Water is always a huge draw.