Run, don’t walk, and check out Disney in 3D in Google Earth! Originally this layer was supposed to come out over a week ago, but it’s finally here! (See the official page). Walt Disney World has released 3D models of their parks in Orlando, and, with Google’s help, they are now part of the “3D Buildings” layer built in to Google Earth. There is also a layer found under “Gallery->Travel and Tourism->Walt Disney World” which provides placemarks with more information (video, audio, and fun facts) about the parks and the hotels. Included are complete 3D models and information of the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Resorts. And, as you would expect from Disney, the 3D models are very beautiful – including not only the rides and buildings – but, also trees, statues, benches, posts, banners and more!
I’m including this screenshot
for now, but expect a YouTube video showing a fly through of this amazing collection shortly (see video demo here):
Once again, to see Disney in 3D, you need to fly to Disney World in Orlando (enter “Disney World” in the “Fly To” search of Google Earth). Then make sure you have the “3D Buildings” layer turned on. Turn on the other layer mentioned above to see fun placemarks with more information, video, and audio describing the parks and sights.
[UPDATE JUNE 5: Here’s Google’s announcement of Disney in 3D.]