I like Downtown Disney, but it doesn't seem very Disney-like. In fact it seems a lot like a lot of other outdoor malls. The shops and restaurants are nice, but none are unique; sure we all like the Rainforest Cafe and the House of Blues, but these can be found in many cities. With the Gardenwalk opening accoss the street from Disneyland and so many other malls in SoCal already what DtD needs is something to set it apart, and for Disney that has always meant themeing. DtD needs a single, immersive and unifying theme, and turn of the century New York would work great. For an idea of how this would look here are some pictures of the New York themed “American Waterfront” from Tokyo DisneySea
In addition to restauarants and shops the new Downtown Disney would include the Broadway theatre, the place to see the Broadway quality Disney shows that used to be staged at the Fantasyland Theatre and DCA’s Hyperion. No need to purchase tickets to see Broadway shows at this theatre, simply present your park ticket and be admitted. Unlike the old FL this theatre would be completely enclosed (including the lobby, unlike the Hyperion). The advantage of theatre in DtD is that it would free up space in the parks for further development –perhaps an extension of FL with new darkrides in DL while the an updated version of Great Movie Ride could replace the Hyperion.
The Disneyland Monorail would continue to serve the area, but the track and station would be remodeled to look like the electric railway
The Disneyland Hotel, which is looking very outdated and was never really themed as anything other than a high-rise hotel would be renovated in a style like that of the Hightower Hotel (DS version of ToT, which is way more impressive looking than ours)