Excellent post darkbeer! You know, I've been following the Disney Parks for about a year now, and all I ever hear is talk. And it seemed like everytime something was about to happen to DCA, some new person came into the situation to change the plans. So, perhaps you can sympathize with my pessimism.
But, as far as I see it, DCA still isn't going to be a great park in a few years time, because there's just not enough time to complete the plans. And what are they going to do during some of these refurbs? Even more of the park is going to be closed off to the public!
And have we pondered what Disney will do if, after spending millions more dollars to fix the park... well, what happens if DCA is still not bringing in people and still losing tons of money to the company? When does it make more sense to simply end an investment if you're not recouping any rewards? It would be shocking, and a PR nightmare, but if DCA isn't fixed with these plans, what option would Disney have other than to just close it? Maybe it does make more economical sense to make the area into a regular fair type structure where they keep the good rides, and make them individually priced, and add stores and stuff around the rest of the currently empty space. They could always pick up something like Soarin' and replace Innoventions with it (not that I'm saying that's something they should do, cause it's obviously not Tomorrowland material).
It would be nice to see some concrete plans on what to do with DCA, and how the timeline works out. But, I agree, that adding a bit more themeing and another Buzz Lightyear type ride to DCA... well, TOT nor Monsters helped, just as you pointed out. It's still not a good enough reason. They should've just demolished DCA and started anew... cause, again, if the plan doesn't work out, what other choice do they have (and that'll be after throwing even more money into this pothole of a park)?