Disney World 3D tours on Google Earth
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By Matthew Moore
Holidaymakers are now able to take a 3D tour of Disney World before they set off for Florida, thanks to a new service from Google Earth.
The programme allows tourists to explore a detailed recreation of the rides, streets, and hotels across the Orlando site.
Visitors can walk or fly around the park as they wish. Information on the park's 1,500 attractions pops up on the side of the screen, along with photos, videos and booking details.
Click on a restaurant and the menu will appear.
Google Earth already allows users to explore 3D recreations of some major world cities, but the intricate models supplied by Disney mean that the theme park plan is one of the most detailed ever produced.
Even the park’s numerous statues, benches, lamp posts and banners are included.
"It's a virtual walk-through of the whole property … the most amazing virtual tour of any place in the world," Jay Rasulo, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, said ahead of its release.
John Hanke, Google Earth maps director, described it as "truly innovative and unique".
The service covers Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and more than 20 Disney Resort hotels.
It currently only features the outside of buildings, but there are plans for an update that will allow virtual visitors to enter the attractions and hotel rooms.
The service is free, but users must install the Google Earth software on their computers.
Google Earth uses satellite, aerial and ground-level photos to create a virtual recreation of the entire planet.