It just hit me what makes DCA now so different from the other parks: You can see the "icon" directly from the front entrance (whether that's Carthay Circle or Grizzly Peak). The only exception is Epcot, which has an entirely different PHILOSOPHY as a theme park, so it makes sense
At Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, everything is hidden by the railroad station, which acts sort of as a "curtain" to delay the moment of reveal. Even when you go under the railroad, you still don't see the castle until you are fully on to Main Street.
Originally, Disney-MGM Studios, which is basically now the identical layout, obscured your full vision of the Chinese Theater with both the main entrance and the Crossroads of the World. The Sorcerer's Hat is SO ridiculously out of proportion to everything else that it kind of violates this principal now.
At Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life effectively blends in to the canopy as you approach; yes, you can "see" it, but most people don't even realize what they're looking at because it's only a slightly different shade of green. Your moment of "reveal" is when you come out of the Oasis.
At Tokyo Disneyland, you don't see anything at all from the main entrance, and your first vision of the castle is as it is framed beautifully in the exit of the World Bazaar enclosure.
At Tokyo Disney Sea, until you go through the Hotel Miracosta, you don't see anything, and then it's a huge visual reveal.
At Disneyland Paris, it's the same, but you're passing under the Hotel Disneyland, and then you see the castle.
At Walt Disney Studios, you go through the soundstage before you see ... well, nevermind.
But from the Disneyland Esplanade, you not only see the Carthay Circle Theater, you see Grizzly Peak and several of the soundstages.
I'm curious ... do you think this subtle difference, of letting you "see what you get," is a positive or negative as far as design? Does it make a difference to guests? Was it a smart or bad move on behalf of Imagineering?