Friday, February 3, 2012

Dreaming Disney - Google Maps

I was alone in my office.
It was late and the lights were dimmed.
I sat in front of my computer.
The door was closed but suddenly it swung open. I was caught by Mrs. Between Disney surfing images on the Internet.
And what she saw made her grab a seat next to me!
I was on Google Maps looking at images of the Disneyland Resort and our hotel for our future first trip to California.  And what we saw was too engrossing for us to look away.

Disneyland Park from Google Maps
Seriously, Google Maps is a great resource for both planning a visit to a Disney park and dreaming out here Between Disney.
It is really easy to find your favorite Disney park.  All you have to do is type in phrases such as Disneyland, Walt Disney World, The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, California Adventure, Harry Potter (for select readers only) into the search box and Google Maps takes you to your desired location.  If only it was that easy to travel from Between Disney to the parks! 

A nice use of these maps is to use the satellite images to get a pre-trip lay of the land.  On that famed night, I used the site to determine the distance and route between our hotel and the main gate.  That meant when we arrived we knew in general how we would get to the park.  And though the images are not live I have had fun scrolling though images from the Walt Disney World Resort, asking myself what some of the buildings and areas were backstage?  It's kinda fun to trace out where a dirt road from The Magic Kingdom Park ends. 

A Magic Kingdom Park Backstage Area
How do you use Google Maps out here in Betweenland?

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