Ever since the concept art of Carsland, Toy Story Mania, etc came out, I've been eager to post a new thread on updated DCA improvement ideas I have. Considering the hype and discussions stirred up by those pics, so here it is in separate sections. I know it's a lot of reading. I'll try to be as descriptive as possible, if you're having trouble understanding, just ask:
UNION STATION ENTRY/ TRANSPORTATION PLAZA:
Reason why I chose Union Station over "The Hollywood Walt would have seen" is because having a urban city structure would be repetitive with HPB. And enclosed entrance way would REALLY make DCA different from DL and help immerise the atmosphere. No other Disney USA park has an indoor entry plaza. The sides of the park entrance could have green lush bushes, continued Union Station theme, billboards with the greenery around it, or "relocating" the mural look.
From the monorail beam to a before reaching the turnstyles will be an enclosed Union Station inspiration back in its 1940s heyday. The outdoor plaza between the turnstyles and Union Station building will have a water fountain with "Welcome to Disney's California Adventure". This will be the new location of the dedication plaque. Many plant life and palm trees in the plaza. The large CA letters will stay, but should be more decorative on the back.
Indoors, the first floor will have lockers, guest relations, shops, restrooms. Stairs will lead up to the 2nd floor with more lockers and quick service food with tables and chair to enjoy while people-watching from the balcony.
The 2nd floor will also have access to the Electric Railway service that replaces the monorail beam route. For all the railway tracks, at the stations, the track splits into separate tracks. One side goes one way and the other side goes the opposite way. The reason to separate the tracks at the station is so in the middle platform, guests can pick which way they would like to go. It's different from DL's train service in that you don't have to go one-way. As the train travels to the next station, it emerges into a single track beam. While the train is travelling, the train in front/behind it remains at the station and waits its turn. The "circuit" starts from a station in the new San Fransico Bay (travel infront of GCH and meets back with the monorail route into DCA), Union Station (above HPB, between H&D and Hyperion theater), a HPB station above Hyperion Theater waiting area (around TOT and to BVF/Carland/ Pacific Wharf), and to above CA screamin queue. Probably a retracting bridge between CA screamin station and BVF station for backstage parade access.
The Railway station at Union Station has one track indoors that travel west. While the other track is outdoors preparing to travel east.
Couches and tables in the first floor to add to atmosphere. Also the center is the new location for DCA's X-mas tree. On the wall under the railway track but above people's head is a time board. But it's really the attraction wait time board. There's also one on the other side of the wall for guests outside.
The train depot decor on the west side of the plaza remains. And a duplicate with a different train is in place on the east end. Begone the "hip and edgy" trend look. The "train" store will actually have model trains for purchase.
The transportation hub will see curbs for streets. The planters will end the "beach" feel. The center of the planters will have a statue of Queen Califia. A plaque of a quote from the book the character was based on about her. She's "floating" above her island ala TDS's aquasphere.
A street separates the hub from the removed sun dial and fountain. It's replaced with the CA tower and museum of man facade. The waiting area is an exhibit of CA and what is represented in DCA. Includes models, pictures, text, props, etc. The main attraction is a revised "Golden Dreams" with AAs and SFX. The DVD of the original Golden Dreams film is available for purchase.
Transportation hub will obviously have various stops for various vehicles you can hop in and take to different parts of the park. And those vehicles will represent those land's theme as well.
* I'll most likely edit this. I don't feel well and don't think I'm explaining my grand vision well.
More land discussions later.