Friday, September 9, 2011
As I write this article, I am watching Illuminations from the Boardwalk Resort. Well, I'm actually sitting in my office in CT watching my favorite Disney fireworks show on my computer. You are probably thinking, "What is the big deal? There are dozens of recordings of Illuminations on YouTube!" However, I am NOT watching a recording. It is actually 9:15 pm and I am enjoying the finale of this spectacular show as it streams live into my home from the balcony of a room at the Boardwalk. If this isn't "staying connected" to Disney World, I don't know what is!
I hope that at this point, you are wondering how this is happening and hoping you can do it yourself. Well, I have great news. This technology is available to all of you over at EyesOnEars.com. It is an amazing website that was set up to stream live video (and audio) from Disney parks and resorts. The video comes from members of the site who are on vacation, and are kind enough to set up their "web cams" so that we can enjoy a live broadcast of the resort no matter where we are. In chatting with some members on the site, I learned that it has been around for over two years. I can't believe I hadn't found it sooner!
EyesOnEars.com has a lot of great features. First and foremost are the live streaming videos. At any given time, you can find several live webcams from different areas around Walt Disney World. Typically, they will be set up on a member's hotel balcony, and you will see the view and hear the sounds that they do. They really make you feel like you are there too! In addition to these "static" cams, they occasionally have mobile webcams that will take you into a park. There is also a calendar that shows when and where you can expect to see live footage. In addition to the live footage, you will also find previously recorded videos as well as a pretty extensive photo gallery.
Like most good Disney fan sites, EyesOnEars.com includes a list of forums where members can ask questions and write about all things Disney. Also, while you are watching a video feed, you have the option of joining a chat room where you can interact live with other enthusiasts. The people there seem very friendly and certainly share our passion for Walt Disney World. I highly recommend checking out EyesOnEars.com. I just can't think of a better way to experience this place we all love when hopping on a plane is not an option. I know I am going to be a frequent "virtual" visitor!
Have a Disneyriffic Day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!