A few plans uncovered.
In the past five years, this site has evolved from a personal web page
at the former GeoPages to a nighttime FTP server and finally to this full
domain.There are many phases planned for the future, and this page will
give you a glimpse at what this site is to one day (hopefully) become.
We are currently in Phase I.
Phase I - the photo archive.
The original concept was to post digital pictures from the parks during
visits, as inspired by the Stephen Banks Disney World Vacation web site
from a few years ago. As dozens of pictures turned into hundreds, and
then hundreds into thousands, the site grew until it required hundreds
of megabytes of storage. The domain is now hosted on a commercial server
to meet this requirement and to allow 24 hour access to the images.
Phase II - section expansion/details.
Eventually it is hoped that each photo section will contain
descriptions and details. The will be pages for each park, with pages
for each section/area within that park, further divided into attractions,
restaurants, etc. Selected "best" photos will be part of these
pages for those who might not feel like sifting through undreds of pictures
on their own.
In order to accomplish this, a massive restructuring/renaming of photo
directories will need to be done. Thanks to some wonderful Macintosh
software, this can happen with some level of automation. (There is so
much great Mac software for this type of venture -- previously custom
programs were being written for the PC to help maintain this site, but
the Mac enables me to do so much more with less effort.
Phase III - multimedia content.
Over 20 hours of digital video was taken during a 1999 visit to the
Walt Disney Resort, and over 5 hours of video was taken in early 2000
at Disneyland. From this material hundreds or thousands of new still
images can be extracted to further expand the photo archives. Also,
QuickTime or RealVideo clips can be easily produced and added to the
Visitors will be able to hear and see streaming video from different
park sections as well as some attractions. A key part of this will be
some "special" images and videos taken from the Haunted
Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean including some night
To take a look at a site that is really close to what I had envisioned
for this one, visit Disneyland
Source. Since he covers that park so well, perhaps I will focus
on doing the same for Walt Disney World.
The order of things may change -- currently, it seems more likely that
Phase III will actually be the next part I work on.