David Cook, the winner of American Idol, recently announced that he was going to Walt Disney World in an effort to help promote the American Idol Experience attraction opening in Hollywood Studios. Well now you can join him… virtually.
Walt Disney World has just made it easier for visitors to plan their visits in advance by releasing its Orlando theme parks in full 3D within Google Earth. All four Disney World parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and MGM) as well as 22 hotels have been included. This virtual tour, created by Disney Parks and Resorts, is the largest corporate initiative ever within the Google Earth application.
There are over 1,500 3D models that went into making this effort happen. Creating these models required over 100,000 photos from 8 different photographers. Also visible while browsing the parks in 3D are attraction information, as well as plenty of user generated content like photographs, blogs and links to videos.
This has some pretty cool implications for families that want to plan their trips in advance. It also gives potential visitors a chance to check out the theme parks, and how expansive they are, prior to deciding if a Disney vacation is the place for them.
See Disney World on Google Earth!