Another photo, actually from the same date as above:
(More to come when I get time...)
The cranes were working really fast even in the cold and wet, with concrete pieces swinging all over. The SIZE of the thing is just immense as you rise up on Parachute Drop - it almost dwarfs even RC Racer! Really not a big fan of that yellow fresque around the top of the building though - a Parisian green/grey would have blended in better surely?
The view through the Barrel of Monkeys tunnel is just perfect. Classic Disney framing. You can already tell that the courtyard will have quite a "Pirates" feel with the restaurant, attraction and toilets (and possible shop). Unlike much of the rest of the park (a shame this still applies ten years on), it feels like it'll be a place I actually want to be