Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970's when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my "mythic" hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after...


The folks that  publish the excellent Orlando Attractions Magazine also create videos on a regular basis, including a weekly production, The Show, about theme park news in the Orlando area.

However, they shared on YouTube something new, immersive and so fun to watch: 360° videos.

Technically, it’s a camera that records everything around it. Think of it as a Circlevision but with images of what is above and downside.

If you watch these videos on a PC or Mac with a non-compatible browser, you get the 360° images stretched on your usual YouTube window. Not quite pretty. However, with a compatible browser (like of course the free Google Chrome browser, as YouTube is a Google company), you will notice on the upper left corner a circle with arrows. You can use it to orient the point of vue. The best is to use the mouse on the screen: it’s as if you were on board with the ability to turn your head where you want. Very immersive.

Below, an example with a great Walt Disney World classic, the TTA People Mover.

If you watch such videos on iPad or iPhone, or some smartphones, with the YouTube app, then you got something more: the point of view moves as you move your device! You can also orient the point of view with the finger on the screen, acting like the mouse on the PC/Mac version.

Below, a 360° video made on WDW Big Thunder, again by the folks of Orlando Attractions Magazine.

Of course, the video quality suffers a bit from the fact that the full 360° is “wrapped” on a 1080p HD format. In fact, a higher resolution should be used (maybe 4K in the future). However, this is already very interesting and maybe a new way to film attractions and theme parks.

The full list of the 360° videos from Orlando Attractions Magazine:

Of course, others are doing the same, for example here with Expedition Everest:

A good way to find these videos is to look for “360° Walt Disney World” in the YouTube search entry (or try also with Disneyland).

What 360° Walt Disney World videos have you watched? Share them with us! We’d love to see them too!

What do you think?

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