My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Port of Entry at Islands of Adventure photographed in November 2008:
Universal Orlando features two theme parks, one of which is the superbly themed and detailed Islands of Adventure, composed of 6 distinct areas around a central lake. Port of Entry is the admission area as well as the initial street-like shopping and dining area before the others are reached. It is an exotic assemblage of buildings on either side of a central axis that evokes a fantasy third-world marketplace. It was not conceived to be a recreation of one place or time, rather it is an amalgamation of buildings inspired by a mind's-eye idea of the world's ports.
The park's entry is located on the resort's central lake and is announced by this fantastic lighthouse.
Ticket Booths and Entry Gates:
Shops and Dining Area:
View Across Central Lake to Port of Entry: