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Shan-man 05-13-2009 12:16 PM

SITE MAPS in GoogleEarth
 
As many of you know, I have been working on a 'secret project' for the last several months (with the help of a few 'operatives': TCD, FlaFortCampster, and DisneyBishops). Recently there have been several threads which have inquired about whether such a resource as my project existed. The problem that inspired my project is:

Every map available for Fort Wilderness only list the loops numbers and they are not drawn to scale...

until now!

Announcing the Fort Wilderness GoogleEarth Site Map. This is still an early version and there are many improvements to come, but I wanted to release it now to keep others from duplicating my efforts, especially due to the recent interest in such a resource.

Since there are improvements to come, my prime request is that you not redistribute the .kmz file (GoogleEarth placemarks file), but feel free to send folks to the website to download it for themselves. This way, folks will always know where to go for the latest version.

Another request, use this information for good, not evil! Seriously, if FW suddenly starts getting tons of requests for specific sites they may decide to stop honoring requests at all. Besides, the chance of a particular site coming available to coincide with your check-in is pretty remote during all but the slowest seasons. So the suggested method for getting the type of site you want is: list the things you want in a site, suggest a loop that you think accomplishes those goal best, and then perhaps mention a couple of sites that you think would be ideal.

As I mentioned above, there are many improvements to come. First on the list is to update the 600 loop to match the newly expanded configuration. Next will be to add the cabin loops. Also, I have been in contact with Webmaster Corey (who is very interested) about publishing this information along with a Site Rating system, similar to what the DIS currently uses to allow reviews of staterooms on the cruise ships. That system will not only allow reviews to be written, but will also show site specific information such as walking distances to all Fort attractions (pools, TPs, Dock, etc.). Videos, and panoramic photos will be added later also.

I am very excited to hear your feedback as to how this resource could be improved. Much more information about the project and plans for the future are on the webpage. Remember, to use this file you must have GoogleEarth installed which can be downloaded at earth.google.com. So, are ya ready? The project development page is here (click me), and the file you are looking for is Fort Wilderness.kmz.

Enjoy, give feedback, and use it for GOOD!
:santa:

EDITED: I just added a picture-rich tutorial at this post to help you get started!

Shan-man 05-13-2009 12:23 PM

Here is a sample of what the Site Maps look like, this is loop 1300:

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w...Picture1-7.png

BTW: I still need the help of a programmer. And if you have a GPS that can save tracks and are going to the Fort anytime soon, I may have a mission for you.

ftwildernessguy 05-13-2009 12:25 PM

So much for my theory you were working on cold fusion to solve our problems with energy dependence on foreign oil.

BRDof3 05-13-2009 12:26 PM

I only pretend to know what I am talking about with regard to computers and software. How do I use this once I go to your site?

BRDof3 05-13-2009 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ftwildernessguy (Post 31803737)
So much for my theory you were working on cold fusion to solve our problems with energy dependence on foreign oil.

That's his summer project. ;)

Shan-man 05-13-2009 12:30 PM

You must download and install GoogleEarth first. Then just open the file from my site and Fort Wilderness will unfold before your eyes in detail never before seen... ok, nothing THAT grand, but pretty darn useful, methinks! LOL

:santa:

laurafergie 05-13-2009 12:32 PM

I am very impressed and can see the possiblities. The hours you must have spent are staggering. Thank you so much. It is people like you that helps make Disney - Disney. :goodvibes

Comptech 05-13-2009 12:43 PM

Shan the Man!
This is awesome..... FW should hire you. Anyway before I commit to the GPS deal what exactly did you have in mind...?

campingdawgs 05-13-2009 12:52 PM

Yay! Now I will know which sites are on the inside and the outside of the loops! It will also help us to identify sites we have stayed in when we forgot to take a picture of the site#:sad2: Thanks for all the work you put in to this!

Tri-circle-D 05-13-2009 12:56 PM

Since Shan-man was good enough to let me in on his secret project a few months ago, I have had access to his work product, and can tell you that this is he has done an AMAZING job on this project.

Great job, Shan-man!!!!

And, I echo what Shan-man said, please use this information wisely. If you use this correctly, it could help make your trip better. If it gets abused, then we all lose.

TCD

Shan-man 05-13-2009 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Comptech (Post 31804082)
Shan the Man!
This is awesome..... FW should hire you. Anyway before I commit to the GPS deal what exactly did you have in mind...?

I just need a track of the new 600 loop, entry to exit. Saved to whatever track file you can and e-mailed to me. Multiple passes would be better for the sake of accuracy, but anything would be better than what I have (which is a good guess based on ground-level photographs). Let me know if you can help!

:santa:

3gr8kids 05-13-2009 01:12 PM

Bravo Shan!!! This is fabulous!! Thank you so much for all the hard work. :thumbsup2

Comptech 05-13-2009 01:14 PM

Shan-man,
have you looked @ maps.live.com?
the details of the site are much better. It might help you pin point some of the questionable locations...

Comptech 05-13-2009 01:22 PM

I will ask one of the Geology professors if I can borrow one...
Let me know if you need any other data...




Quote:

Originally Posted by Shan-man (Post 31804554)
I just need a track of the new 600 loop, entry to exit. Saved to whatever track file you can and e-mailed to me. Multiple passes would be better for the sake of accuracy, but anything would be better than what I have (which is a good guess based on ground-level photographs). Let me know if you can help!

:santa:


big kahuna1 05-13-2009 02:00 PM

SWEEEEET!:thumbsup2


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