WDW Maps-by Robo - 65 Maps & More

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Robo, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy And though she be but little, she is fierce.

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    Thank you that's what I thought!
     
  2. daver

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    This is freakin great!
     
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  4. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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    Add my gratitude to those who have come before me!

    Just a quick background. First visited WDW as a teenager in 70's. Didn't go back until the '90's for our honeymoon. After a couple of more visits we stopped going around 2001 because of kids. Tower of Terror was the new ride at MGM Studios, Test Track had just opened at Epcot and Asia was soft opening in DAK. We are Disneyland veterans. We are trying to apply our Disneyland knowledge and learn what we can via the internet.

    As others have said these maps are invaluable to help prepare us to navigate the area. It is scary to think how a misstep or a moment of indecision in navigating a route can mean the difference between a walk on at time spent in line. We know from Disneyland, being on the wrong side of the street can have huge consequences about where you get in line and when you get to the ride.

    I am curious to know how the maps were created? I am a huge fan of using satellite imagery to help prepare me to get my bearings. I recognize the Google imagery. The construction phase of Pandora is a giveaway. What did you use to draw the various lines/curves and annotate the images?

    One other suggestion is to try Google Earth app to access historic images to see how areas change over time. You can also visit other satellite sources, like Bing Maps to get other snapshots in time.
     
  5. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Adobe Photoshop.
    Lots of great tools available in that application.

    Thanks for the kind words about the maps
    and the testimonial as to why sometimes it can matter a great deal to know exactly the "best place" to be.
     
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  6. NLGirl

    NLGirl Earning My Ears

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    These maps are fantastically helpful! Thanks very much for making and posting them.
     
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  7. rob and ang

    rob and ang Earning My Ears

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    Cheers Robo for taking all the time and effort into making these maps and this post as it has helped with our families planning, just a couple of more weeks to go!
     
  8. adflipp

    adflipp Earning My Ears

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    The maps are awesome! Thanks!
     
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  9. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Have a great trip!
     
  10. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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    Any chance you could use the aerial photos below to create an awesome "rope drop" map for AK like you did for MK?

    Please? Pretty please? ;)


     
  11. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Sorry. I'm unsure of what kind of map you are requesting.
    (Also, are you referencing the MK Rope Drop map that shows the front gates area?)

    I looked at the photos on the site below.
    http://mickeyxtreme.net/blog/looks-ready-to-me-pandora-world-of-avatar-new-aerials

    If those are the ones about which you are asking...
    what kind of info would you like to see laid over the image(s?)
     
  12. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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    I was hoping to see some maps like these two below. It would be great to know where the CMs hold you in the morning, how they get you through Pandora and where the crowds separate for Soarin and iasw, er I mean FoP and NRJ. ;)


     
  13. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Ah.
    I'll do some research and maybe I work something up before too long.
     
  14. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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  15. neverenoughtime

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    Thanks for these maps. They are great.
     
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  16. Templemom

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    Just want to say thanks! for putting these together.
     
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  17. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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    I think it may be time to update this map. My understanding from the YouTube video I've included below and from some research on this site is that the security checkpoint (#6 on your picture) may have been moved/dispersed. I think they've pushed out the security to divide up the crowds at points further away from the MK entrance.



    If this understanding is correct, could you please update your map? Thanks!
     
  18. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Done.
     
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  19. b52hbuff

    b52hbuff Earning My Ears

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    Excellent! Where are you getting the aerial imagery for this area? I looked on Google Maps and it showed the old configuration with the two security areas right in front.

    What did you find out about foot traffic from CR to MK? You show the walking path as legend #12/ I didn't see any security tents in your imagery. Are pedestrians being funneled into the Bus Security areas, is it outside the photograph, or is it not visible from images you have?

    Thanks for updating this.

    Any updates coming up on AK? ;)
     
  20. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    There is separate scanning near the west end of the "CR path," but I didn't show it.
    How I create certain changes is all part of the art of building the maps.

    It takes a quite a bit of time to create certain changes, so I generally wait until
    preliminary changes become (more or less) "permanent" before I build a new map.
     
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  21. Mrs~Incredible

    Mrs~Incredible Mouseketeer

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    Thank you @Robo for these maps- I have always brought them with me!

    I would love to try the walk from HS to the international gateway this year.

    When coming out of HS, do we veer left? Are there and signs/landmarks or will it be pretty self explanatory?

    Also, on the map you indicate cutting through one of the buildings- which one is that?

    Finally, about how long (average) of a walk would you guess it is?

    Thanks so much
    :flower1:
     

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