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Old 06-04-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Google Earth 3D WDW - Post your screenshots!

I guess Google Earth having 3D WDW is really new, I think even today, I had the 3D buildings layer on Earlier and the only buildings I saw were the Swan/Dolphin.

For those of you who still don't know what Google Earth is, it's a 3d model of the earth that combines satellite and aerial photographs of the earth to allow you to zoom in from a full globe view all the way down to "street view" in some areas that when viewed in google maps, allows you to see which house is the one you're trying to find so you don't have to creep up and down the block looking for house numbers, it's that good.

WDW 3D buildings are photographically correct, not just the right shape and a gray box like many of the 3D buildings in large cities on Google Earth. They've included trees and details down to garbage cans and monorail cars (although there are THREE purple monorails at epcot, one leaving the station, one in the loop, and one about to start the loop... MAPO override much? Demerit's for everyone! (sorry, I'm kinda getting excited about the possibility of being a Monorail Pilot with the college program next spring and have been using my DIS level obsession on that too ) All the other Monorail models are purple too)

Here's the first screenshot I took. I'm not sure how but I got the Mickey head placemarkers and their posts to disappear one of the times I opened it, but now they're back and it makes the screenshots look bad.

I turned on the 3D buildings, then the sun (it's in the view menu) and set it to 3am today.
Cinderella and Prince Charming are standing on the stairs if you look really close.


Post up your favorite screen captures (use "Copy Image" from the Edit menu (this will hide the controls so they're not in the way) then paste it in an image editing program, save it as a jpg or a bmp if you only have paint).

This is a good way to go sightseeing from home when you miss The World or
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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That's a really cool shot!
I just started looking around it a few minutes ago, but I'll see what I can do later on.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Great find!! I knew they had Cinderella's Castle in older versions of Google Earth, but not all of WDW.

You can turn off the place markers by de-checking the 'Geographic Web' tab on the left.

I also like how you can set the time of day and have it show weather, we just need crowd level and we'll be set.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:31 PM   #4
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Anyone up for a little Fantasmic tonight?
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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Wow, don't leave google earth open for a long time zooming around 3d buildings, it starts getting really slow then locks up and you have to kill it from the processes on the ctrl+alt+del window
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Wow, don't leave google earth open for a long time zooming around 3d buildings, it starts getting really slow then locks up and you have to kill it from the processes on the ctrl+alt+del window
Yeah, I've got a fast system with 2GB of memory, and after a little viewing it took about 3 minutes to read an email that came in...

It's neat - the level of detail on a lot of the buildings is great. You can almost read the complete inscriptions on the gravestones outside HM!

Random trivia - the old Swiss style building that was the Fantasyland end of the Skyway isn't rendered in 3D - they just plopped trees on it.

I was kind of hoping that you could fly through the lobby of the Contemporary - no such luck though.
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I cant get this. I go to google earth, type in disney world and dont see the gold mickey ears, help!
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Make sure you have the latest GE. Download it again if you need to.

You can have it check for you by going to Help/Check for Updates Online.

I also don't seem to need this turned on, but under Layers/Primary Layers/Geographic Web/Preview, there is a Walt Disney World Resort layer. Doesn't seem to have any effect for me though.

You should also have 3D Buildings turned on.
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Thanks, will try again.
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Random trivia - the old Swiss style building that was the Fantasyland end of the Skyway isn't rendered in 3D - they just plopped trees on it.
There's a building over behind barnstormer that isn't 3D either, I'm guessing it's where the trains sleep
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WOW!!!

This is so cool! They even show the horseless bugy. Instead of getting my work done, I can now spend all daying touring WDW.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:13 AM   #14
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Picture threads are a better fit on the the Theme Parks Coummunity Board, so I'm going to move this over there now.

Looking forward to seeing some great screen shots
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:33 PM   #15
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This is front of AK at the Rainforest Cafe. I have never been to AK, going there in Sept. This is great!!
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