One of DCA’s many problems is the intrusion of the outside world, preventing any sort of true escapism as is possible within Disneyland’s protective berm. Throught the park the lack of separation between the onstage areas and the outside world is noticeable. Hotels and powerlines can be seen above the Pacific Wharf:
and above the pier:
but ironically one of the worst visual intrusions is from a Disney owned hotel. (no, I’m not thinking of the Grand Californian, although…
The Paradise Pier hotel looms over the park as you walk down the parks main walkway. Inside of the visual weenies of SBC or the Matterhorn DCA has this
but what if we could put that visual intrusion to good use? Like many others have proposed I believe the Route 66 area should be removed and the San Francisco theme extended into that area. The effect of recreating the City by the Bay could be especially convincing if the Paradise Pier Hotel were rethemed to resemble the San Francisco skyline.
The hotel is already there, all that would be required would be a change of façade and with the addition of a couple of more towers of varying heights and one shaped like The City’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Not only would this greatly improve the park thematically but it would add more hotel rooms (and therefore revenue) for Disney. The rethemed hotel, (renamed the Hotel St. Francis, the Grand San Franciscan or something to that effect) could even have its own entrance to DCA through the new San Francisco district.