Over the last month we’ve looked ahead at some theme parks, pondering what they could add next to augment their current state. After taking a look at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom it’s now time to hop across the country and do the same exercise for the original theme park – Disneyland. The park has gone through some dramatic changes in the last five years and has one major project in the works, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. After that, the docket is clear. In this post, we’ll discuss five additions that Disneyland could, and maybe should, make going forward.
This post is quite a bit different from its predecessors in that I absolutely love Disneyland. It is easily my favorite park stateside and one of the best theme parks in the world. In trying to keep these posts somewhat practical, we also have to factor in that there’s not much room to expand. Disneyland has more than enough to do for a full day anyway, with over 35 attractions and some quality shows.
Unlike the five other American Disney Parks, Disneyland is close to a finished product. That’s not to say there won’t be changes along the way. Parks can grow stale without change no matter how great they are. It’s just that change at this point means that something will likely have to be replaced due to such a crowded footprint. There are very few weak spots in the Disneyland roster but I’ll try to pinpoint and remedy them in this post. Here we go!
An Immersive Tomorrowland Table-Service Restaurant
Disneyland has a very good dining scene with excellent and affordable options. That said, I have two places where it could get better. There’s a lack of table-service restaurants and Tomorrowland doesn’t offer much in the way of any food. Two birds with one stone here but adding an immersive sit down restaurant here is a no brainer. I’ve got nothing against Alien Pizza Planet (it’s decidedly average) but that’s a spot that could be improved upon. Whether it’s a campy Tomorrowland theme or a restaurant to pair with Space Mountain, adding a fun option here would be exciting!
Retire Mickey’s Mix Magic
Mickey’s Mix Magic, the latest Disneyland nighttime spectacular, holds a strange and soft place in my heart but it is not a very good show. Remember… Dreams Come True and Disneyland Forever are much better even if they don’t utilize as much of the projection technology. I would be happy to see Mix Magic gone forever with an older show or a brand new one taking its spot.
Add Different Missions to Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
This is a small one and on a newer attraction but it seems like a no-brainer. Smuggler’s Run is a great experience but the ride isn’t as repetitive as some others. How do you change that? By giving it the Star Tours treatment and adding different missions and scenes to the ride. That would certainly be a plus on the Falcon for repeat riders, giving it some longevity.
Bring Back the PeopleMover!
Disneyland’s PeopleMover is the subject of many rumors and legends. I’ve heard about ten reasons why it closed down and I’m not sure how many of them I believe. No, I don’t know how easy or feasible it would be for Disneyland to reopen the PeopleMover but they absolutely should. Tomorrowland has a sneaky good attraction lineup and this would really put it over the top.
Swap out Toontown for an Extended Fantasyland
Long time readers will know that we are not fans of Toontown. We understand why it’s there and see some of its merit but it is unquestionably the weak link of Disneyland. It will be improving with the addition of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway but I think it would be better if the land just turned into an extended Fantasyland. Runaway Railway and Roger Rabbit could stick around in that case, as could Mickey’s House if you’re so inclined. Take out the rest and add another dark ride and de-toonify the area. It would make the strongest Fantasyland any park has even stronger.
Disneyland is nearly perfect already so these changes are smaller than the previous posts. But theme parks are never done changing and I’m excited to see what moves are made in the coming years!
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