3D and 360 degree videos and photos – New ways we’re bringing you into the theme parks

by Matt Roseboom

One of the comments we hear most often is that you love our magazine, website, videos and show because they help bring you away from your daily lives and into the theme parks. With that in mind, we’re always looking at the latest technology that will help us immerse you even more. Below are links to the results of our latest tech toys – 360 degree photos, 360 degree video and 3D videos from Orlando area attractions.

All of these photos and videos look best when viewed on their respective websites, so please click on the photos or links below to view them. Then come back here to click through to the rest.

360 Degree Photos

First up let’s look at some 360 degree photos. They’re cheap and easy to make for anyone with an iPhone. But as you’ll see, they don’t produce perfect results. They were created with an app called 360 Panorama. Once the photo opens, click and drag to look all the way around:


Epcot at night

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Magic Kingdom

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at night

Universal Studios Hollywood

Click Here to purchase and download the 360 Panorama app for your iOS device.

The effect is especially cool when you look at the photos within your iPhone. Using the phone’s gyroscope, you can stand in one spot and spin while looking at the photo and it’s like you’re really looking around the area. It works even better on an iPad.

To see all our 360 photos, including future ones, bookmark occipital.com/user/a85d-49762/attractions-magazine

360 Degree Videos

Next up, let’s look around 360 degrees, but inside of a video. This product and app also works for iPhones. You snap a special lens on your phone and the app unwarps the video. Because it’s essentially stretching the regular size video, the results aren’t the clearest, but it’s still really cool to click and pan around videos.


Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom

Downtown Disney West Side

Pleasure Island at night

Please excuse having to see me in all the videos. The way it works, it’s hard for the person taking the video to not appear.

Click Here to buy the GoPano Micro for iPhone.

To see all our 360 videos, including future ones, bookmark gopano.com/person/Attractions

3D Videos

Last are our 3D videos. Depending on how you view them, these produce the neatest and clearest effects. On the YouTube page, click on 3D to change the settings to best fit your set-up. You can use some red and blue glasses you may have lying around, try using the cross-eyes method, or many other options. But you’ll get the best results if you have a 3D television that has access to YouTube.

Magic Kingdom

Busch Gardens.

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios.

You can use any 3D camera to produce 3D videos, but we use a Fuji camera.
Click Here to buy the Fuji Finepix Real 3D camera.

Let us know what you’d like to see in 360 and 3D – and stay tuned.


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1 comment

Jeff December 21, 2011 - 9:13 am

Very cool – thanks!


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