When being able to blog about Walt Disney parks, movies and properties became available, it opened up a new industry for those that are fanatics of anything Disney and also allowed those that were interested in reading about or researching an upcoming trip.
Disney Blogs exploded around 2001. Allowing access to information that, before, was not easily accessible. It also allowed for those seeking information about Movies, Parks, Resorts, etc. to get an honest answer from those that have been to them, and not from a Marketing Agency that wants you to visit them. Blogs became a huge part of how guests would research where to go, and where to stay for their Disney Vacations.
Early 2005 a new website/technology was emerging from a small company in San Bruno, California, YouTube. The development of YouTube allowed it’s customers to upload their videos to the www.youtube.com website so that anyone would be able to view them. This became a new medium for those that would blog about Disney to be able to reach new viewers with not only their opinions about the Parks, Restaurants, etc, but they now had the ability to show video of those things to emphasize their opinions. YouTube was exploding with popularity to the extent that it was purchased by Internet Giant Google in November of 2006. Now with almost unlimited capital behind it, YouTube would explode into the giant it is today. This was the birth of the “Disney Vlog”. Vlog stands for Video Blog and have become the mainstay of the YouTube Platform. Being able to produce your own show about Disney that viewers can regularly view on a set schedule became a whole genre of todays entertainment.
The lasted trend with YouTube and Disney is due to several factors including the site’s popularity, the increase in both speed and bandwidth through ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and the technological leaps and bounds that have been reached with today’s Smart Phones. The biggest advancement that allows this trend to happen is Disney Parks providing FREE Internet for ALL of it’s guests. The trend of which I am discussing is “Live Streaming”.
Live Streaming started for larger corporations in the early 2000’s and became available for consumers around 2010 by companies such a “uStream”. The downside to this streaming was that you needed expensive hardware, software and cameras to achieve a stream. Also quality was an issue due to the technology (240p – 360p was considered a good stream.).
In 2015, Periscope was acquired by Twitter. Periscope is an app that allows you to livestream and interact via Twitter with your viewers. Although this app became popular, quality was still an issue.
It wasn’t until YouTube polished up it’s “YouTube Meet-ups” and offered YouTube Live with both Android and IOS apps did Live Streaming of the Disney Parks explode. With this technology, Bloggers and Vloggers now had a way to relay information to their followers as it happened, instantly from anywhere in the world that had an open Internet WiFi connection.
Currently there a many that Live Stream from the Disney Parks and do so on a set schedule. Some of the more popular “Streamers” are:
Resort TV 1 is run by Josh and Jenna, a brother and sister team that reside in Florida. They broadcast a weekly stream on Friday nights at 6PM EST from various parks and venues within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. They also upload videos of different rides on their YouTube Channel which are shot in 4K and very high quality.
All Central Florida does live streams not only at the Disney Parks, but throughout Central Florida from Tampa to the Space Coast.
Above are only a few of the live streamers and Disney Vloggers that offers live views throughout Disney and the surrounding areas. There are many more live streamers out there and as more and more people become comfortable using this technology, there will be even more.
So, if you really love Disney like my family does. But do not live close enough to visit the parks as often as you wish, Disney Live Streams are the next best thing. I am just waiting for YouTube and Disney to come up with the technology to be able to get the Disney smell along with these videos.