You can now tour Disney World in Orland in the comfort of your own home and without the sticky weather and crowds! I am all for that.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has received a 3D makeover in what the company is calling "the largest corporate initiative on Google Earth," according to Disney. Orlando parks featured in Google Earth include the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
Google Earth, an interactive 3D mapping program, allows users to create travelogues by embedding photos, videos and commentary about locations they highlight.
Have you toured Google Earth yet?
It's one of those fascinating web rest stops that you think you'll only be at for a minute and you wind up spending a few hours.
Google Earth lets you view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky from anywhere on Earth. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
Google Earth 4.3 (beta) features:
* Photo-realistic buildings from cities around the world
* Dawn to dusk views with the Sunlight feature
* Swoop navigation from outer space to street-level
As for the Disney adventure, about 100,000 shots from eight photographers went into 1,500 three-dimensional images of a variety of structures at Disney World . Disney's Google Earth entry also contains links to blogs and YouTube videos and information on everything from the minimum rider height for certain attractions to menus at different restaurants.
Users of Google's popular 3D globetrotting software can now search for "Disney World" and view three dimensional buildings, rides, and other items of interest from Disney's four theme parks and 22 hotels in the Orlando area.
When you are done touring Disney, take a look at the other views that Google offers. Here are pictures of Rising Sea Level Animation, animates one scary potential effect of climate change, and Football Stadiums of the World.
The basic Google Earth is free to download.
If this is something that you really need for your business, you can try one of their other options with upgrades.
Google Earth Pro | $400
Ideal for an organization, upgrade to Pro to access the ultimate research, presentation, and collaboration tool for location-specific information.
Google Earth Plus | $20
Upgrade to Plus to add GPS device support, faster performance, the ability to import spreadsheets, and higher resolution printing.
Enterprise solutions are available for on-site deployment of custom Google Earth databases within your business, public agency, or organization.