I've long thought of doing a blog for Armchair Imagineering, but never truly got around to doing it. This forum may be a more appropriate spot for it. The approach that I generally take is identifying a problem and trying to ground any solutions in reality. In time, a thread could be started for multiple (more specific) topics, but I want to start with Disney's Animal Kingdom with the imminent opening of Pandora. Some of the problems I list below may not be problems for everyone, but they're problems for me. I'm open to other suggestions for "Problems" and would love to hear the communities, "Solutions", but I will also offer my own. "Problems" Yeti broken on Expedition Everest Dinorama is an eyesore. Finding Nemo the Musical is out of place The Tree of Life theater is under-utilized The expansion plot North of Asia cannot be easily accessed Kali River Rapids is too short The effort required to get to Conservation Station doesn't equal the payoff. DINOSAUR isn't as good as Indiana Jones Adventure "Solutions" Yeti broken on Expedition Everest: There has been no public confirmation on what is actually wrong here. I'd love to see it working in it's original glory and refuse to believe that it's not possible. What I do recognize though is that if the attraction needs to be taken down for a prolonged period of time (6 months or more), I'm not sure that even with Pandora, the park can handle it. I'd like to see the attraction taken down to not only fix the yeti, but also the light bleed on the backwards portion. I could also see them adding additional components to the attraction to further enhance the experience. Dinorama is an eyesore/Finding Nemo the Musical is out of place The simple solution here is to remove both things and replace them with something better. I would really like to see Australia represented in the park, and in theory, if Dinorama and the Finding Nemo theater are combined to form Australia the theme could work. However, I'd argue that re-working the area around Finding Nemo the Musical is probably short sighted. The show is 10 years old, and while popular, most of these shows have a shelf life. Sticking with Australia for that area, I'd be happy with a Nemo/Dory attraction, and could even see lifting Turtle Talk with Crush from Epcot. I think any live animal exhibit for Australia could take up a smaller footprint than the African and Asian counterparts by virtue of the animals that would be on it. I'd love to see Koala's, and they would probably require an indoor/outdoor space. With Disney's focus on natural features, the obvious choice would be Ayer's rock, integrated into the land in some way, shape, or form. I could also see part of this area being utilized for a dark ride in Dinoland USA. Since I'm inclined to get rid of Chester and Hester's, this can be more in line with the Dino Institute theme and extend closer to the Boneyard. I'd like to see a family friendly dark ride that looks through more than just Dinosaurs, but other extinct animals as well. The Tree of Life Theater is under-utilized It's Tough to be a Bug is fine for what it is, but I think this space under the park's icon can be better utilized. At DCA, it's off to the side and used as a rotational space for the latest movies, and I'd like to see something similar here, except with Disney Nature. There's footage to draw on, and in theater effects that can be used in conjunction with upcoming films. Alternatively, an all new film in the Disney Nature style would also be great in that space. North of Asian Expansion Plot/Kali River Rapids is Too Short/Conservation Station Issues These three don't all have to be lumped together, but it's how I'm treating it. For me Kali River Rapids is fine as a concept, but it generally under delivers. Combine that with it's placement and I think the best solution for it is to remove it entirely. What I'd like to do is expand the Wildlife Express train and add a new station in Anandapur. From a layout standpoint there's a few ways this could work. If Disney was looking to start 100% from scratch, they could also remove Maharajah Jungle Trek and create a new Asian walk through as part of the expansion into that North plot. I'd like to see a larger scale water ride in this area, either a rapid ride like, Kali, or one that's less of a soak machine. I would also love to see a better realized Asian Safari on that expansion pad. It's not as big a space as Kilimanjaro Safaris, but a 10-15 minute Asian Safari would still be pretty incredible. The expanded train could also offer different views of the area as the Asian Safari doesn't have to be identical vehicles to Kilimanjaro Safaris. It could be gondolas, the boat ride, or something else. DINOSAUR isn't as good as Indy This is a tougher one, because it will be hard for this attraction to get to Indy's level. That doesn't mean that it can't be continually improved. When Ellen's Energy Adventure closes, take some of those figures and add them where appropriate. Enhance the screens in the background to add depth. Find alternatives to the dark sequences that lack theming.