This put me in a great mood and a headache resides in me because of a co-worker who have been hacking all day for the past 2.5 weeks…
Nice job TH.Thx.
I also remember eating at the old Hard Rock Cafe many times. You could park in the lot to the left there and enter the HRC without having a park admission, or you could come in via the park, as well. (They'd check your ticket when you tried to return. Well, most of the time....) If you look closely, you can see how the bridge over the road, leading to the parking lot, formed the neck of the "guitar" upon which the Hard Rock Cafe was built.
No CityWalk, hotels, IOA and a massive parking lot that was bigger than the theme park itself.
We started going after all of the expansion, but I would have liked to have seen it in the old days at least once.
You can also go on Google Earth and roll back the date to see overhead views (black & white low resolution). You can view IOA being built and the parking garages going up too.
Very cool, great story.
p.s. I didn't know the shark in the original Jaws ride grabbed the boat and spun it around until I read some Universal history. That place had some serious issues during opening week.
The property has been operating daily for the last 40 years.
Oh, heck, I just need to go to Singapore again! Have fun!