Congratulations, looks like you deserved the cover based on that photo! Your palm trees look very real. The rock looks volcanic like, nice! Do you have a link to more pics of your layout? I didn't see one in your profile.
This last link was posted and is still maintained by George Schreyer. It provides a chronological pictorial of opening day in 1997, as well as pics from 1998 and 1999. The opening day in 1997 represents just 6 months work from groundbreaking including a month just to build the control panel: