I have thought about this for a while now. The recent Lincoln thread made me decide to finally post it. One of the things I hate about Disneyland are the underutilized theaters. I HATE having the same show play 10 times in a day. One of the reasons is that you can never have the same show. Something will always be different. The cast may have more energy, or less. The crowd may be really into it, or just pausing as they pass by. I realize it is convenient for those who don't make the first, or second showing... but I long for more variety. Here are a few examples
Aladdin's Oasis- Currently it is themed specifically to Aladdin, why? It would be simple to give it a generic Jungle theme. You could expand on the Adventureland concept. Have a Tarzan show, a Baloo dance contest, keep Aladdin, and still have room for a smaller Adventurer's Club. It could be either alternating days, or simply alternating times... most importantly it would not require an extended cast or new costumes. The "cost" would be the initial remodel of the place, but it is already a stage, already wired for sound as well as lights.
Golden Horseshoe & Laughing Stock- I enjoy them, don't get me wrong, but what about adding more then just Woody and Laughing Stock. Why not toss in some of the classic Tall Tales, add Pecos Bill... how about a Mariachi band, a cowboy band, and the fiddler... all at different times. If you wanted to be really creative open up Festival to a Wild West Show.
Fantasyland Theater- Talk about under-utilized. Kids LOVE the meet&greet but hardly anyone bothers with the show. You have SO many stories there. The obvious classics about the princesses, but also Sword in the Stone and Robin Hood... this would be a chance to tell a different tale in each show. Imagine the coronation ceremony of King (name that kid) who pulled a sword from the stone. I know they have the one in Fantasyland... but this would be so much better. Have the kids help re-enact the famous archery contest of Robin Hood. Fantasyland Theater was built for a full show... how about giving them several.
Tomorrowland Terrace- I LOVE Jedi training, but what about tossing in something with Buzz, possibly a crazy alien scientific experiment with Stitch. This is a lot more tricky because of the logistics of the "theater" BUT in the most classic sense a theater is simply a space to entertain... so it can be done
Opera House- Here... here is where this whole thing started and where I will end. I am an admirer of Lincoln but one who believes he should not return. This is turn of the century 1900's America. It was full of inventions, the magic of the movie palaces, the art of Houdini's illusions, and the laughter of Vaudeville. I can think of no better house, then the Opera House. You could run traditional magic shows and place the Magic shop at the exit, show off turn of the century inventions in the lobby, have a Vaudeville show, and even play the classic "rubber annimation" shorts between shows... This would heighten the mood and excitement of the era, enhance the theme, and free up valuable Main Street store space.
Just a couple musings to ponder and discuss.