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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Disneyland and DCA in 360 with the Samsung Gear 360 Camera


Every since Samsung announced their venture into the world of Virtual Reality (VR), I was excited to see what products they were going to offer. I got the Samsung S7edge that came with the VR Headset. I loved the content that was available but was floored when Samsung announced the Gear 360 Camera! I took the Gear 360 Camera to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on December 23rd and 24th to field test it.

The camera is easy to use and to pair with my phone and got a lot of looks from people walking around me, But let's get to the content that I shot! Below you will find two examples from Disneyland and two examples from Disney California Adventure! Use your mouse on the photo to move around and see what we captured!



This first 360 photo is the main entrance into the park. The famous Floral Mickey Mouse greets you to Disneyland. As Walt said that Mickey was a personification of him (Walt voiced Mickey in the early days) that the Floral Mickey is a personal greet by Walt himself to his park.



The next image is of the one of the most photographed locations on earth, Sleeping Beauty Castle! The castle was kept small because European castles were meant to be large and imposing, Walt didn't want that for his castle. I find that Disneyland's castle is the most charming castle of all.



Next, we move across the esplanade into Disney California Adventure and into the popular Cars Land, based off the hit Pixar film Cars! We are standing in the heart of Cars Land, right below the only light signal in the area. This land feels as if the animated film was actually shot on location here.



Lastly, we have one of my favorite locations in Disney California Adventure. This is the bridge next to Grizzly River Run that takes you past Frog Jump Falls. Take a look around the area and you feel as if you are somewhere in the high Sierras.

I hope you enjoyed this field test of the Samsung Gear 360 Camera and the 360 photos that we took. If you have any suggestions of other areas of the parks that you would like to see please let me know in the comments below! Next up will be some short video testing in the parks in the coming weeks!

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