Disney Parks Launches First-Ever 360-Degree Panoramas on Google Street View

Did you know you can “explore” the Disney Parks down at the street level without ever leaving your seat, wherever that may be, by using either your phone or your computer? 

Using Google Street View, Disney World has launched a series of 360-degree panoramas featuring Disneyland and Disney World. You can use these panoramas to help to plan your next vacation or simply take a virtual walk down memory lane.

The imagery on Google Street View includes the Disney theme parks and water parks, plus sections at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney and Disney World’s Disney Springs.

Google Street View inside Space Mountain

How does it work?

Google used Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top, to create the 360-degree images. An operator wears the Trekker system, which automatically gathers images while the wearer moves through walkways and buildings. The images are virtually stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you’ll now see on Google maps.

Where does it work?

Here are locations that the Trekker has captured:

  • Disneyland park, Disneyland Resort
  • Disney California Adventure park
  • Downtown Disney District
  • Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Disney Springs – Dining, Retail Locations
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Google Street View will not work yet at the resorts; what you see is the resort from above but not at the street level.

How do you use it?

I’m not the most tech savvy person, so I tried it out myself. It’s quite simple actually. I went to Google and typed in

This takes you to the All page, so then I just clicked on Maps.

I scrolled in close enough to read the names on the buildings.

Now click on the Browse Street View Images icon, the little yellow person at the bottom right corner of the map.

Blue lines appear to show you where the panoramic street view is available.

Now click on a blue circle, and you’re straight up street level viewing.

Cinderella Castle circles…

turn into street level.

Cinderella Castle using Google front view

Use the Rotate the View icon…

And you’re on the other side.

So here you are in a few minutes, staring at Cinderella Castle from your living room, or heaven forbid, your desk at work.

Virtual vacations just got more fun.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you “walking” along Main Street without actually walking…

 

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