Too bad, at a glance, the shot looks pretty severe. I can almost imagine one of the animatrons standing out there with his cup instead of a blaster.. whether he's protesting CGI or the current economy, I think it still sends a loud message about our economic situation.
It really was a pretty cool and impressive part of the tour at the time. Of course, back then, none of had seen what we know of today in science fiction movies and it was still absolutely cutting edge. Only Star Wars outdid it, and you really felt like you were at risk of being blasted by one of those centurians. These days, Universal's got an entire theme park and their focused on Hogwarts and E.T. more than the really cool stuff of our yore.