Published: January 26, 2010 at 4:05 AM
I agree with Joshua on this one. It could have been disguised a little. Not only would it then not impact on other areas of the Park by providing an unwanted backdrop but it might also have added to it's own mystique.
That said I do recall visiting Universal in either 1996 or 1997 ( we went both years) when they handed out "passports" to the proposed Islands of Adventure. They also had a visitor centre so you could see how some of it might look. The overall concept seemed to me to be of a number of separate islands that you visited by land or sea. Each with it's own distinct flavour and style.
In the real world I suspect that you might be able to see neighbouring islands lying close by in the distance so, to that end, Universal's layout isn't without substance but , like Joshua, I think it might have been better to conceal them from our view until we got there.
By the way I do still have that passport. Could I scan it and post it here on TPI for those interested or would it breach copyright ?