Saturday, January 2, 2010

Magicland - Virtual Disneyland in Second Life

Magicland in Second Life

Maybe you really, really want to visit Disneyland but for some reason or another, you just can't. An aversion to crowds, distance, or cost stop you from going. Well, I discovered a cool thing recently, you can visit it virtually in Second Life.

Second Life is a virtual world started up by Linden Labs in 2003. It is what it sounds like - an online place with lands/destinations, shops, clubs, etc where your avatar can hang out with others. I think of it as social networking with graphics. I like to go there just to visit random places and see all the beautiful things people have designed. There are gorgeous virtual gardens and cities. While searching for locations to visit, I came across Magicland.

Spinning tea cups and carousel in Fantasyland

Magicland is an entire theme park that is both inspired by and a tribute to Walt Disney's original Disneyland. If you have a Second Life account, here is the Second Life URL. Here you will find Main Street, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. You can walk around and explore, and my favorite part - virtually ride things like The Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise combines computer graphics with photos from the ride, and they even have a classic recorded cruise guide audio piece that plays while you ride.

The attention to details are just wonderful, and I have had a fun time exploring the park and testing out rides. If you really want to check it out, downloading Second Life is free and admission to Magicland is also free. You can make a donation in Linden dollars (Second Life money) though.

Upcoming attractions - Electrical Parade, Matterhorn bobsleds, and the Tiki Room


  1. Thanks for the link, Amy - I will have to check this out!

  2. It's really neat! If you don't have Second Life installed, it's not too demanding on your computer either. Have fun. :D