Friday, June 06, 2008

Disney World in 3D in Google Earth

WOW! The folks at Disney have spent a lot of time creating a very realistic rendering of Disney World for Google Earth. You can read the official announcement here:

Below is a picture of the Tower of Terror I took a couple of years ago and a similar view of the same scene in Google Earth. Amazing likeness!

There is a measurement tool in Google Earth (the pro version has more measurement tools than the standard version) that would allow your students to determine how far it is from one ride to another, or to be able to compare the size of an attraction relative to your school building for example. You could even have students try to estimate distances from one place to another in Disney World, and then measure them "as the crow flies" or by following the pathways in the park. Lots of possibilities for creative teachers.

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