OK, this is to discuss the RUMORS of what is happening, and a look at what MIGHT happen and its impact on the place.
OK, looks like Route 66 is the main point of extreme makeover, not just for the Wonderful World of Color water show, but in removal of attractions, and seeing a lot of bulldozers.
So what does Disney need to do and what changes need to be made.
First off, the clear issue is the Entertainment corridor and the need for it to avoid the area, at least during the makeover.
And it sound like Disney has come up with an easy answer, use the Main Emergency exit gates near First Aid and the Tortilla Factory. There are some issues involved, but nothing major.
If you hold off on moving the parade route until after the Christmas season, Block Party Bash is going to WDW, the DEP is on hiatus and the new Play Pals parade can be delayed if needed. That leaves only High School Musical 2, and they can just have one show at Sunshine Plaza, as the Bug's Land Farm area doesn't seem wide enough to have the stage back far enough for a second stop. But maybe Disney could rework the show a bit to make it work.
As I understand it, here is the new Parade Route.
So what should Disney do next, IMHO build the Preview Center in the Bathroom Row building, as it will show park guests why so much of the nearby area is closed.
It is a pretty big building, so they might not need the entire thing...
Last time I was inside of the building, it was pretty much a warehouse with basic walls and a concrete floor, so Disney should make it seem more like nice preview center, but should take long to install a nice public area inside.
Then it is time to get to work on getting the area ready for new attractions, and to make a decent seating area for the new water show.
So close off the area to allow the bulldozers to come in and start removing stuff.
This looks like the area that will get the extreme makeover.
So we are going to lose at lot of things, some could be moved, some could be sent to other parks or sold to another company.
The six attractions in the area and IMHO what to do with them.
Golden Dreams - Remove it, but place the film on DVD so the few fans who like it can buy it for there collection.
Golden Zepher - Maybe move it to the Timon lot area, but it is limited due to winds, so let it go somewhere else.
Jumpin' Jellyfish - Maybe re themed for a bug land, or sent elsewhere
Orange Stinger might be able to stay, but more than likely just remove it and move/sell it.
s.s. Trustworthy - Tear the stuff down, nothing worth packing up and sending elsewhere. Already 2 water play areas in the park.
Mulholland Madness - Maybe to Florida, maybe sold.
But there is a lot more in the area, so let's see what should be done.
ODV carts - You could move the 2 stands (Ice Cream and Lemonade) in front of Golden Dreams either to the north near the Grizzly Smoking area and/or us some of the Entertainment corridor to the east of the area (since it won't be used for parades). Also the coffee cart near the Amphitheater can be moved to the same area.
The Pin Cart, put in in storage, you have many other pin locations, and bring it back when the area is done.
The Portrait Artists - Moved to the Entertainment Corridor near the west end of the Wine Country Trattoria, either on the path, or maybe inside of the unused wine bar area.
Souvenir 66 - Pretty much generic stuff, so just close it down.
Dinosaur's Jack's Sunglass Shack - Close it down, but stock more sunglasses at the Rushin' River Outfitters and other locations.
Burger Invasion - As far as I know Disney doesn't have a long term agreement with McDonald's, so remove it, if needed, relocate it to the Lucky Fortune Cookery area until the contract is over.
Corn Dog Castle, either add the item at Farmer's Market, or build a Corn Dog Cart like the one on Main Street and place it on the Parade Route area near Wine Country Trattoria. Or maybe place it in the old Fortune Cookie area in the Wharf.
Pizza Oom Mow Mow - Let it close, no real easy way to relocate it.
So what to save, well, the restrooms on Bathroom row are needed, as it is a bit of a walk to other locations.
Also the restroom next to Burger Invasion, located in the North West corner of the area, no need to rebuild them, so just leave it alone.
The Pizza Omm Mow Mow and Burger Invasion buildings - Depending on the plans and what is needed for the planned Beer Garden, either leave them standing and re-theme them, or remove them for new structures.
Other things in the area - the old Paradise Pier Hotel entrance, it can be removed, no use for it.
Then you have a support building and some electrical equipment near the Golden Dreams Theater (just to the north-west). Both of these can be left and/or relocated, depending on the needs of the new attractions.
So you have a pretty empty slate after everything is removed and bulldozed.
The southern edge can be totally redone to allow for Wonderful World of Color seating, and support equipment (One plan has an lighthouse being built near where the Golden Zepher is currently, for the main show support). Also you could plan special seating on the west edge to match up with the Beer Garden to allow for reserved seating (at an additional price and/or food purchase).
Then redo the Parade Route (not required, maybe just leave it with the new, shortened route, expanded if Carsland goes in the area).
That leaves the north edge for the Little Mermaid Ride and the Ratatouille coaster on the Northern side. Also the timing of the new ride construction will match up with the DVC units that will be built just north of DCA in the area.
Of course, in the Little Mermaid/Ratatouille area, add a shop or two, and some food stands, and then a lot of ODV especially in the evening hours for the Wonderful World of Color crowds gathering.
Other things that will have to be addressed.
More than likely Ariel's Grotto will have to close down their outside seating area while the lake is drained, or maybe they just place refurb walls up and enclose the patio area.
The Cove Bar will have sight issues, maybe more refurb walls, close it or just leave it open. Also an option to move the area to the Wharf area, using the kitchens of the old Lucky Fortune Cookery for food and then a portable bar set-up for cocktails (beer is already in the area).
What to do with Screamin' while the lake is drained? Maybe build some refurb walls just north of the tracks to block the empty lake and the majority of the constructions.
Also you have some access issues with Maliboomer and the Sun Wheel, but if ToT is at a Dead End, I guess it can remain that way for a year or so.
I specifically blocked off the current Parade Route gate, as IMHO it will be needed for construction access. A wall next to the Maliboomer exit could be designed to be used in case of an emergency to get people out quickly.
But you still also need to address the remodeling of the area to match up more like what the Toy Story Mania! area will look like, so maybe you just close the entire area off (or at least anything west of the Screamin' exit and the restrooms) for a few months in the first months of 2008 to get everything done, and then reopen the area when Toy Story Mania! is ready to open. Hopefully by that time, the Lake itself has had everything installed and can be refilled, along with the northern edge of the lake remodel.
That should allow most of the area to reopen and looking new with all the "plussing", while the Route 66 area remains closed for the entire year to continue major construction.
Anyways, just some thoughts while waiting for the bulldozers to show up.