Google Street View may soon add Disney Park's Magic Kingdom to its virtual tour lineup.
Recently, a Google Street View trekker was spotted at the theme park carrying a Street View backpack. The guest was seen walking around with some of the park's Cast Members, sparking curiosity on the possible collaboration between Google and Disney to bring Street View to the latter's parks.
Launched initially as an exclusive Google Maps feature, Google Street View now has a standalone application that allows users to view cool images shared by other users and go on a virtual tour of various landscapes and a number of exciting locations around the globe. Through the app, users can now "explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with 360-degree images."
So far, there are only two Disney parks that people can visit without leaving their homes. These include Disneyland Paris as well as the Walt Disney Studios Park, which is located in the same city. However, the Street View feature of the two parks is very limited.
Last month, Google announced Mont Blanc as the latest addition to its roster of virtually explorable locations.
"In Google Maps, you can get an up-close, 360-degree look at the breathtaking beauty of Mont Blanc," says Google. "Following last year's first-ever vertical imagery collection of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park, we partnered with world-renowned alpine photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers, and runners to collect Street View of Western Europe's highest peak."
Compared with the rest of the theme parks in the United States, Disney is the only major theme park operator that has no Google Street View presence.
The nation's SeaWorld parks have in-park Street View that allows people to experience notable attractions in the park. These include Aquatica, Adventure Island, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove. Other locations that are featured on Street View maps include Universal Orlando, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa and Kissimmee's Old Town.
While the trekker's spotted presence in Orlando created big hopes that more experiences could launch soon, the whole media content may take a while before it becomes accessible for public viewing. With three other Disney parks located in Orlando, gaining full coverage of even just one park may require a vast amount of time to finish.
There's no word yet on the next local park that will be visited by a Google Street View trekker or if the photos from the recent visit to Magic Kingdom will indeed become part of Google Street View content.