How can a sign be a loophole? Do you mean that they are baiting us with promises of keeping to the Mark Twain stories and then WHAMO!?
I think he meant "loop" hole as in TSI will still be based on Tom Sawyer but incorporate the pirate theme instead of revamping the whole island to be totally a Pirates of the Carribean Island theme. It gives them a way of saying, if Pirate's Lair is not a success, that it was just a temporary overlay of the original TSI. Make sense... its like they want to take it to bed but not marry it... =P
I can't wait to see how this all turns out. Even if they put up a wall to block the view of the construction, it'll still be easy to see over it from the New Orleans/Pirates bridge, the Disney Gallery balcony, and the Mark Twain and Columbia. This will be a fun project to track!
As for the Mine Train thru Natures Wonderland bridge - here's hoping they're working on getting something fixed over there, and not just covering up the hole. I'd love to see the actual bridge reconstructed.
Here's a photo I took of the Natures Wonderland bridge area on February 3:
There was a whole raft-full of TDA suits going over to the island this afternoon. Once they got over there, they wandered around the stage area making big sweeping arm gestures at the shack there and pointing at different things.
Okay, I gotta bring this up. I spoke to a CM today and she said that the pirates lair will be opening March 13, to be synced with the pirates premiere. Whaat? I told her that didn't sound right, and that she'll be double checking for me, but I just thought I should throw it out there...