Okay, who's up for some fun?
In my Orange County Register column this week, I look at the shuttered businesses in Disneyland's Downtown Disney shopping district and declare that the best possible solution for what to do with the space where Disney has planned to build a fourth hotel is... to build more bars.
I'm riffing off one reader's suggestion that Disney would be best served by devoting the entire space to a massive expansion of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar. While I am sure that a whole lot of Disney fans would endorse that idea, I decided that Trader Sam taking over the entire space would be a bit greedy. After all, Sam's a generous guy, right? Have we forgotten already his "give you two of his heads for one of yours" deal?
No, Sam needs more space... just not the whole west side of Downtown Disney. So why not turn that space into a collection of Disney-themed bars? We can call it "Disney's Wonderful World of Alcohol." Disneyland could couple Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar from Disney Springs with Trader Sam's and roll out a mini theme park of bars themed to supporting characters from its IP catalog.
C'mon, you know you want to drink with the Caretaker in a goth-themed Haunted Mansion bar. Or with Old Bill and his kitties from Pirates of the Caribbean. And how has Disney not opened a Heffalumps and Woozles bar already? Pour yourself a drink, because it's armchair Imagineering time!
Obvious concepts such as the soon-to-be-built Star Wars Cantina are off the table here. The Wonderful World of Alcohol is Disney's kingdom for bit players, like Jock Lindsey and Trader Sam. So who else deserves a place in the line-up?
And how drunk do we need to get a team of Disney executives to get them to green light this idea?Tweet
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