6. A re-imagined version of Tony’s, inspired by Lady and the Tramp
Just inside Magic Kingdom, you can dine at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Tony, of course, was the restaurant owner who served spaghetti to Lady and Tramp in the moonlight. It’s a fun place to eat, but it could use a bit of an upgrade that allows for a more palpable presence of Disney’s canine stars. The new version of Tony’s would look more like the restaurant in Lady and the Tramp. There would even be tiny tables outside the back of the establishment where Guests can dine—complete with white tablecloths with red lines through them and melted candles stuck in old wine bottles. In the background would be the star-dotted night sky—even during the daytime. A professional accordionist would play in the background, and several of the servers would be heavy-set men with thick, black mustaches and thick Italian accents (we will have to get with Casting about the very special set of skills we’d need in these servers!). The restaurant would serve spaghetti—several different ways—as well as other classic Italian dishes and comfort food.
5. The Lucky Cat Café, inspired by Big Hero 6
Hiro and Tadashi Hamada live in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo with their Aunt Cass, who runs the Lucky Cat Café. The trio live in an apartment above the Lucky Cat Café. The Disney World version of this eatery would be well suited for placement in a quiet corner in the Japan pavilion on the World Showcase at EPCOT. While the film Big Hero 6 doesn’t go into much detail about the café, we can gather that a café at Disney World inspired by this one would serve the usual coffee shop-type beverages and desserts, and because it would be situated inside the Japan pavilion, it might also serve green teas and other Japanese teas, such as gyokuro, matcha, sencha and guricha. To give it the “real” feel of being the actual Lucky Cat Café from the film, it would have a faux upper floor, where Hiro, Tadashi, Aunt Cass (and Baymax) spent their evenings.
4. A tea room inspired by Alice in Wonderland
It would be fun to build a wildly whimsical tea room inspired by the tea party enjoyed by the Mad Hatter and the March Hare from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. No two plates, cups or saucers would look the same, and the tea room would host an unbirthday party every day of the year. Each table would be surrounded by whimsically shaped chairs, and every 12 minutes, the servers would announce, “Clean cup, clean cup! Move down! Move down,” as did the March Hare and Mad Hatter at the tea party with Alice. At that time, every Guest in the tea room would have to switch chairs at their tables. It could cause some minor chaos, so to avert said chaos, we would get with Imagineering to determine the best placement of each table, as well as the distance needed between tables. (It would probably behoove us to bolt the tables to the floor long before the first Guest darkened the door.) Alice, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the White Rabbit would make appearances at Guests’ tables, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Because of the silly chaotic fun-style nature of this establishment, afternoon tea would be served at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 each afternoon, and no Guests would be admitted without advance reservations. It would be a rather large tea room—seating would reach capacity at about 100 Guests per time slot. Proper tea etiquette would be a must, since the servers—like the Mad Hatter and March Hare—are mad, simply mad! What fun!