It's generally agreed upon that Disney's Hollywood Studios needs some help thematically. It's a disjointed mishmash of ideas and generally tends to be the park that recieves the sloppy seconds from other parks. You have an attraction you want to clone for WDW that won't fit in one of the other three parks? Shove it in DHS!
So I was thinking of ways to bring new life to the park and use what's already there to tie together a consistent theme when I came up with an idea. The park is called Disney's Hollywood Studios after all, and over the last decade or so Disney has acquired several Hollywood Studios. Namely Pixar, Muppets, Marvel, and LucasFilm in addition to Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation. So why not have a park that represents each of these studios and have themed lands related to each one? The front of the park can remain a representation of an idealized Hollywood while the back half can represent each of these studios. Here are a few ideas for how to accomplish this.
1.) Add antoher street branching left off of Hollywood Blvd. (opposite Sunset Blvd.). I think it would be fun to theme this area around classic Noir thrillers. The anchor attraction could have guests board antique cars and drive through the seedy underbelly of LA following a detective as he tries to solve a crime and ending in an exciting car chase/shootout. They could also have one of the interactive games that Disney seems to be so fond of these days in an environment that actually makes sense for it.
2.) Expand the Star Tours/Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular section of Echo Lake into LucasFilm Ltd. Studios. If they so desired Disney could clone Indiana Jones Adventure for this part of the park, but the real draw here would be a thematically appropriate place to have what's effectively a Star Wars Land.
3.) Continue the theming around Muppet*Vision 3D to create Muppet Studios. This would include re-theming Pizza Planet and Mama Melrose's.
4.) Convert the rest of the Streets of America into Marvel Studios. This is obviously the most problematic due to Universal's east of the Mississippi monopoly on Marvel attractions, but if Disney was willing to pull up in their driveway with a couple dumptrucks full of money I'm sure some kind of arrangement could be met. The streets of America infrastructure could stay mostly intact because they represent the same kind of environments that Marvel super heroes most often occupy. I would also recommend ditching Lights, Motors, Action! and using that space to house the anchor attraction (based on The Avengers, naturally).
5.) Ditch the Backlot Tour and expand Pixar Place. As sad as it would be to see the Backlot Tour go, I think it's time. The park is no longer a functioning studio and hasn't been for some time, so the idea of a Backlot Tour is a bit disingenuous, not to mention the fact that it's progressively been whiddled away to be a shadow of its former self. This would give them space to clone Radiator Springs Racers if they so desired (just the attraction, not Cars Land in full) as well as give them space to play with other Pixar properties such as Monsters, Inc., WALL-E, and The Incredibles.
The rest of the park can stay more-or-less as-is with maybe some minor changes (i.e. renaming Animation Courtyard/Mickey Ave. to Walt Disney Animation Studios, killing the Sorcerer's hat, etc.). The end result would be a park with eight distinct lands: three "streets" (Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd., and unamed third Noir street) and five "studios" (LucasFilm Ltd., Muppet Studios, Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios). It would allow Disney to retain a lot of the infrastructure that already exists, but give everything a consistent and distinct theme.
Thoughts? Alternate suggestions? Think I'm off my rocker? Feel free to let me know.