Is DCA Less Charming due to lack of Water based attractions and Lack of Natural looking Landscaping?
Look at all the attractions in DL that need water for their vehicles:
Jungle Cruise - boat on water
Pirate - boat on water
Splash Mountain - log on water
Canoes - on water
Columbia - on water
Mark Twain - on water
Tom Sawyer Island - rafts (even the barrel bridge)
Storybookland Canal Boats - on water
Small World - boat on water
Submarines - thru the water
GRR - on water
Now consider all the different Variety of Landscaping with both water and various vegetation at both parks.
At DL, you are welcomed by the iconic floral Mickey, on the large berm.
After the tunnel, all of town square, with all it's floral beds, grassy areas, and trees, then all trees up and down Main Street, leading you to the
main hub with all the trees and flower beds and hanging flowers in the hub, as well as immediately around the exterior of the hub.
Then take look at the various waterways around the hub, from the entrance to Adventureland, to Frontierland's entrance bridge, to the castle and it's moat, to Snow White's fountain, to Pixie Hollow with it's little water and light show.
In Adventureland you see the shore of Jungle Cruise waters with Anheim's now real Jungle, Frontierland New Orleans Square have the Rivers of America, as does Critter country, which also has a nice stream, and Splash Mt.
Oh, New Orleans also has the fountain in Magnolia Park,
Frontierland also has several waterfalls on the backside of Big Thunder and desert landscaping,
Fantasyland has the Canal of Storybookland and flower beds, and all of Small Worlds large topiaries, even has the waterway of the old Motorboat cruise area. and of course the waterfalls on the Matterhorn with all the trees and shrubs.
Tomorrowland has beautiful Sub Lagoon, and all the edible vegetation.
At DCA, you have GRR with it's waterfalls and geysers and about the only real vegetation anywhere in DCA. The Wharf area has a waterway in front of the Boudin Bakery, and Paradise Pier has the pond which isn't used for any attraction during the day. As for other vegetation, some trees in Hyperions waiting area, some limited vegetation around ToT, oh and the water fountain in front of Monster Inc. Bugs Land has the fake giant clover. . . and that's about it.
Overall, the lack of natural looking waterways and vegetation are lacking considerably. DL just is just a much more attractive and welcoming park because of these features! Then add in the number of attractions at DL that rely on water, and you can see how much water plays such an important part at DL.
And unfortunately, even with the makeover, there doesn't appear to be a heck of a lot of vegetation or waterways being added, to increase the beauty of DCA, and the lack of water based attractions certainly keeps the 2nd park from living up to its potential. Is there any hope for DCA to be become more "green" with more natural looking waterways? Or is DCA doomed to be primarily a concrete jungle with a ceement pond in Paradise Pier?