Updated for 2015!
If you have never seen the Google maps of Walt Disney World, you are in for an unusual visual treat. They make WDW look like a magical cartoon land. I don’t mind telling you that I can spend a lot of time virtually wandering around the different parks and resorts using the maps. This can be especially useful if you haven’t been on vacation to Orlando in a while and perhaps your memory is rusty.
The best part of the Google maps, other than the coolness factor, is the fact that they are 100% completely free to use.
Scrapbooking is a big thing, especially if you just returned from a vacation. Looking for something new to do with your scrapbooks? Use Google Maps to get these super cool images of your favorite Disney locations.
Disney Resort Maps
Remember that day you spent at the pool at Wilderness Lodge?
While you can only see one side of the resort, you can see view details of the resorts like rock formations and windows. The only things missing is the moss hanging from the pine trees and the fun sounds of water splashing coming from the pool.
What about that day the kids spent by the pool at Caribbean Beach Resort? Or renting a boat to speed around the lake?
You can zoom in for a closer shot with more detail.
Have you been saving up forever to splurge on accommodations at the Beach Club Resort so you can enjoy the exclusive sandy-bottom Stormalong Bay pool? Even if you haven’t started the scrapbook yet, these Google map views are a great way to get the kids excited about the upcoming trip.
Another beautiful resort that costs a pretty penny is the Polynesian. But even in drawn-map form, the pool looks incredible. The details include boards by the boat rentals and straw roofs on the huts. I think I can actually hear one of those pool lounge chairs calling my name right now!
Coronado Springs Resort not only has a beautiful pool with a slide, but they also have one of the best playgrounds of any of the other resorts.
Theme Park Maps
Is your children’s favorite ride at Epcot Mission Space? This is an ariel view you don’t see very often.
You had a blast on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios?
While we’re at Hollywood Studios, this looks like a helicopter view of The Hollywood Tower of Terror.
You can’t leave Hollywood Studios before you see Fantasmic!
Are there Walt Disney Railroad fans in the family? You have to start off at the train station to get into the Magic Kingdom.
In this map shot of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can even see across to Tom Sawyer’s Island.
Is your child’s favorite ride the Jungle Cruise? This entire ride lends itself to snap shots of the map.
I love the “old school” attractions like the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House. I think many a childhood tree house dream was built on a walk-through of this famous tree house.
You can almost hear crypt doors creaking and tombstones quaking at this view of The Haunted Mansion.
If you have read recent Internet reports, Disney is making changes to the Magic Kingdom Hub area. Better snap shot this area now so you can look at your scrapbook photos and talk about what it was like “way back when.”
So where do you find these cool maps?
If you use a Mac like I do, simply screen shot what you need and then print. That is so easy, and best of all, it’s totally free, minus your cost of paper and ink.
There are not many places you can find nearly free scrapbooking materials these days. especially ones as cool as this. And let me tell you from experience, this is a great way to teach kids their way around the different parks without wearing your feet out in the process.
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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you rooting around the Google map, finding your favorite Disney places…