Google has announced that it is working with MerlinEntertainments to launch the first ever Street View imagery of some of the UK’sfavourite attractions. 360 degree street level imagery of the country’s No 1theme park resort – Alton Towers Resort; Chessington World of Adventures;LEGOLAND, Windsor; the nation’s thrill capital; THORPE PARK; and the SEA LIFEattraction in Weymouth – can all now be explored from your computer before youset out.
Users can familiarise themselves with the layout of each ofthe individual attractions online before they leave home and navigate the best nearestparks.
The images were taken by the Google Trike (a three wheeledbike with camera equipment attached to it) last year towards the end of summer,and are not real time. The imagery was then processed and carefully stitchedtogether before being added to Google Street View today.
“We are delighted to be working with Google on this excitingnew project, and think it will add an invaluable service to our visitors,” saidMark Fisher Managing Director Resort Theme Parks for Merlin Entertainments. “Asattractions like theme parks have grown to offer so many more rides andactivities, it can be difficult to fit everything in without a bit ofplanning! Street View will add anotherdimension to the other tools that we offer our visitors to help in this, and welook forward to adding the facility to more of the Merlin attractions in time.”
Laura Scott, spokeswoman for Google Street View added: “Withsummer around the corner and the family clamouring for some adventure, StreetView should prove the ideal planning tool for a great day out at any of theseexhilarating locations.”