Watch 32 years of Disney Parks in a timelapse


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Every now and then I stumble on something I actually deem interesting and today it is Timelapse – part of the Google Earth Engine. I don’t know how long it has been around to use, but all that matters is I have finally discovered it. Timelapse combines 33 cloud-free images of our Earth from 1984 through 2016 and gives you the option to watch how our world has changed through Timelapse. Instead of abusing this amazing free service developed by Carnegie Mellon University, I’ve decided to use it for the good of Disney fans everywhere and show you how the Disney Parks have changed over the years from REALLY high up. Let’s start with the park that started it all through Shanghai Disneyland!

Note: The feature used here is not mobile-friendly.

Disneyland Resort

If you look directly in the center, you can see Disneyland Park sitting by its lonesome self surrounded by the booming Anaheim until Disney California Adventure showed up to provide some company. Cool stuff.



Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World already started out with a good amount of development around property with Magic Kingdom and Epcot already opened, so look to the west of Epcot to see Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a plethora of resorts appearing in just seconds!

Tokyo Disney Resort



Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 (thank goodness, otherwise I wouldn’t have known where to look exactly since I’ve never been there before) with Tokyo DisneySea following in 2001, but the thing I am fascinated with is all of the changes in the area surrounding the resort. Neat.

Disneyland Paris

This is definitely my favorite so far. To see a giant patch of land turn from nothing to a resort is pretty impressive. Thanks Google.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort



Wow. I changed my mind on Disneyland Paris. Hong Kong wins for the most changes.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disneyland doesn’t come into the picture until later on in the life of the timelapse, but it is incredible to see how the area around the resort was developed up until its inception.



Now if you’re like me and you just found out about Timelapse, you are probably going to spend the next 12 hours sitting around and seeing how everything has changed. Have fun!

BONUS – Aulani

While I decided not to include places like Vero Beach and Hilton Head, I thought Aulani was pretty interesting as a whole. Hope you enjoy it.





*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.


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