Thursday, June 05, 2008

Take the Virtual 3DTour of Disney

It wasn't enough to model the nearly 5000 structures within the park, so Disney included significant amounts of real-world objects such as a monorail, picnic tables, benches, streetlights, signs, and trees. LOTS of trees. As in thousands of them!
If you've used Google Earth to explore possible family vacation destinations, then we have a treat for you: Disney has introduced a new layer for Google Earth that allows you to explore the company's popular Orlando attractions including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. The new layer can be accessed in either the "Preview" or "Gallery" folders of Google Earth, or by selecting one of the 3D buildings in the resort.
All this effort results in an incredibly rich 3D experience - something that just can't be matched with a traditional web site. If Disney's goal is to capture imaginations, then I think they've hit it out of the park. The image quality and level of detail in the 3D models is fantastic - you can even read the menus in some outdoor restaurants!
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