Most excellent. I would love to see the layout, and I hope you do put it on your blog. And as to Oranos visiting the park, well, the Titans always needed a representative in the parks, didn't they? :P
I start to like Disney California Adventure more and more. I wouldn't mind HKDL get a copy of that. Maybe call it Disney Adventure or something.
It makes as much sense as the DisneySKY concept. DCA has all the "American" elements HK people like: Hollywood section, boardwalk pier section, national park section, Pixar theme lands... People love going to HKDL because it feels like they are going on a vacation in US (without the 12 hours flight).
They don't even need to have one theme for the second gate. After all, the existing Magic Kingdom-style parks don't really have one theme - they're really just a collection of a number of different lands based on different themes (in HKDL it's future, fantasy, adventure, america)
They could just build a 'mirror' park with a different central icon (spaceship earth, tree of life, fantasia hat, anything really) and have a number of completely different lands based around it. Even if they copy entire lands from other parks, there's plenty to choose from - for example, Toon Town, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Hollywood Land, Studios, Paradise Pier, Cars Land, Bug's Land, Golden State, Africa, Asia, Mysterious Island, Future World etc. Not to mention Pirates Land and Glacier Bay.
I believe firmly that there are certain '#' gate parks that should stay 'unique' to one resort. DCA, to California - I mean, even disregarding the issues with quality (that are being fixed now, thankfully). Animal Kingdom to Florida. DisneySEA to Tokyo, etc. I wish they would build a unique gate at Paris, too, but until its financial problems are solved that's not going to happen. And Hong Kong and Shanghai should both get their own second gates, too. I realize it's more expensive to do this, but I feel it pays off better in the long run with higher attendance from tourists, and more pride in the park for/from the locals.
Another construction update:
ORDDU: Thank you, HKDLFAN, sweetheart! Are you about ready to leave Canada by now? Or have you already done that?
IMO, the site of the second gate in HK is perfect for a DisneySea park. No need for it to be a clone of Tokyo's...there are so many great nautical themes other than those at TDL. Since HKDL doesn't have Pirates, the second gate could have a Pirates land; plans for Glacier Bay could be resurrected; then there's Atlantis; or even ships sailing through space a la Treasure Planet; a Nemo / Living Seas area, etc etc.
For now though, the original park needs much more attention before any resources are diverted to a second gate. It might not happen but HKDL needs a second expansion on the same scale as the one currently underway, if it truly wants to be as successful as the other Magic Kingdoms.
It is entirely true that to truly come into its own, HKDL needs to fill up the rest of its map - it does have room as others have observed, and I expect that if the current expansion pays off in guest numbers, then by the end of this decade we'll have that next expansion after. Disney has never been shy to follow where the money is. The only thing that could derail this is devotion of resources to Shanghai... but that's like saying Disneyland'll be snubbed because WDW is getting a new expansion. Clearly that's not the case. Anything could happen, though.
I guess my only nitpick is that, if we're going to make it so different from Tokyo DisneySEA... why even call it a DisneySEA park anyway? I mean, really, I agree that there's a lot that can still be done with these sorts of adventure, Wellsian and Vernian things going on, while not even talking about Pirates, Treasure Planet, and Atlantis (not sure how successful those were in Asia, but I'm willing to bet not very)... It's just that I think the overall theme of the park can do better than adopting the name and idea of a park that's already in existence across the sea.