February 18, 2016

It’s a Disney Miracle: Google Street View May Allow a Disney World Virtual Tour

Google Trekker camera spotted at Disney World!
Photo courtesy of WDWShutterbug's Twitter page.
By Sasha A.

Imagine seeing the magic behind the expansive Disney World gates without even stepping out of the comfort of your home. Seems crazy right? Well it could be crazy enough to be an actual possibility within the Google Street View world.

According to an article on Orlando Weekly, a Google Street View Trekker was spotted with a group of cast members roaming the land of the Magic Kingdom in Disney World earlier in the month. He was also seen wearing a portable Google Street View backpack on the boat that takes you to Tom Sawyer Island.

A few snapshots of the spectacle caused Twitter to immediately burst with excitement.

I spy with my little eye, the Google Trekker!
Photo courtesy of Twitter user @mckryan.

Another photo of Google's Trekker in action.
Photo courtesy of Twitter user @dichuy.

With the expansion of Google Street View’s Trekkers, it has surpassed its Google Maps platform and has even created its own foundation in a user friendly app. This app allows users to get a 360-degree view of different landscapes, scenery and overall beautiful parts of the world. 

Google recently added the views of Mont Blanc, one of the highest peaks in Europe, and 40 different national parks providing access to the many trails that make up the parks. TekShouts! recently touched upon what the trek was like conquering Mont Blanc.

According to Google, they “partnered with world-renowned alpine photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers, and runners to collect Street View of Western Europe’s highest peak.” This allowed them to work “with legendary adventurers, the Street View team was able to capture the spirit of the massif in a way few witness firsthand.”  

View from the top of Mount Blanc. Photo courtesy of Google's Blog

Just think of the possibilities this app can create. Adventurists, mountain climbers, nature enthusiasts, people who do what they love everyday can share their incredible experiences with the world. At the touch of your fingertips, you can follow their tours and learn more about the land they are so passionate about. 

While this app can’t replace the realness of being there in person, it can bring awareness to certain areas that need the public’s attention. It can also provide a chance for people to witness the beauty of the world, and see places they might not ever get to visit.
At the moment, the only Disney resort that offers street views is the Disneyland Paris resort, which provides a limited view for those that use it. 

According to Android Headlines, at this point there is no clear direction Google is taking with Trekking Disney World. In order for people to see Disney World from their phone, Google would need to develop some form of agreement with Disney providing access to those who haven’t paid to see the actual park. It’s also unclear as to whether they will provide attraction sights, or simply the views from the different paths and walkways of the parks.

With the possibility of this project capturing all of Disney World, it could eventually stretch to Disneyland and California Adventure.

Do you think a Google Street View of Disney World is a possibility? Are there any places in the world you want to access from the Google Street View App? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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