Friday, January 28, 2011

10. WDWLive Website

     So you are stuck at home because of another miserable New England snow storm (as I am today). Or maybe you are sitting at work confined to a tiny cubicle feeling like a character in the movie "Office Space."  Either way you are probably wishing you could be at Disney World instead. Well now you can.....sort of.  With the help of a computer and a fantastic website called WDWLive, you can feel like you are actually at the vacation kingdom.

     WDWLive is a Walt Disney World video and photograph site.  The amazing and unique aspect is the way the videos are captured.  These are not typical home movies that move from scene to scene with a tourist narrating the soundtrack.  They are perfectly still (obviously on a tripod), giving us a first person perspective of scenes from all over the resort.  In addition to the crystal clear HD video, they include the ambient sound of whatever you would hear if you were actually there.  The term that WDWLive uses to describe these clips is "atmospheric video."  As silly as this may sound, by blocking out your peripheral vision with your hands, you can actually go to Disney World while sitting at your computer!

Photo - Monorail     In addition to the great videos that this site provides, there are also a large number of high quality photos to choose from.  They are available in both regular and widescreen resolutions.  Besides using these pictures as your computer wallpaper, you can also push the "play" tab and the photo becomes a jigsaw puzzle.  This could be a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your next coffee break.  It sure beats solitaire!
Photo - Cinderella Castle The last section of the website that I want to mention is the "Disney World Virtual Web Cam."  While there is no longer an actual live web cam at the Magic Kingdom park, this is definitely the next best thing.  According to WDWLive, "we offer you dynamic video footage looking down Main Street U.S.A. Depending on the time of day you visit our web cam, the video adjusts itself to (roughly) reflect real daylight conditions. Our unique algorithm also randomizes the video you see within the time block of your visit.  In all there are about 300 clips and almost 4 hours of footage."  I am watching the virtual web cam right now and it is showing an empty Main Street U.S.A. with only a handful of guests and a couple of security guards visible.  This is what you'd expect to see on a January night as we approach midnight.  For us true Disney World geeks, this is pretty darn cool!

     Finally, I have to say that WDWLive does a good job of adding material to the site on a consistent basis so there is always something new to check out.  The next time you are sitting near a computer and need a Disney World fix, go over to!

     Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!


  1. Dave,

    Just wanted to say hi and thank you for such a great and positive review of WDWLive. A lot of people don't really "get" what the site is about. You do and have explained it quite well.

    Have a Disney day!


  2. Thanks for the comment Rob, and keep the great videos coming!