More Disneyland maps, and a breakthrough!

So while doing more scanning, editing and PDF creation, I was messing around within Photoshop and experimenting with different options and automation. Suddenly I discovered that Photoshop has an automatic cropping and straightening function that works fairly well with scanned images! When it’s working well, it has taken my processing time down to probably 25% of what it used to take. Sometimes it has trouble “reading” the image and I have to do it manually, but anything to cut down the time is welcome!

So I was able to power through most of my remaining Disneyland maps over the past week, from 1980 up through 2009. I just have the past few years to do. The big problem I’m facing is that the maps stopped using publication numbers that encode the date, so trying to put them in the correct order often means trying to use clues within the maps to sort the publication order. If anyone notices errors in the process please let me know, especially if you have some kind of documentation to back it up.

I also picked up a few older Disneyland guidemaps over the past week, so those will be scanned when the come in the mail.

Disney World update, special edition

Longtime friends of the site Jim and Dotty Hart recently contributed about 15 maps, and I have been scanning them this past week. They are now uploaded for all to enjoy. Since I don’t yet have a way to search the maps by upload date or contributor, the maps are:
Magic Kingdom: January 2002, and March, May and June of 2013
Epcot: June 2002, March 2003, July 2007 and March 2013
MGM/Hollywood Studios: January 2002, July 2003, January 2007, February 2007, and April, May and June of 2013

Thank you so much for all your help Jim and Dotty!

Animal Kingdom done!

I now have all maps up to the present for Animal Kingdom, including the 15th Anniversary special map. That now brings the total number of maps that are online up to 270! That’s a lot of scanning folks! I now have representative maps for all the Orlando parks for their entire histories. I will be adding more maps to fill in some gaps, but first I think I will head west out to California and start putting up maps from Disneyland and California Adventure. Hope you enjoy!

More Animal Kingdom: 2000-2003

Today I added about a dozen more maps for Animal Kingdom between 2000 and 2003. It’s always a relief to get past the end of 2001, when they stopped doing maps every few days. It seems like getting from 1995 to 2001 takes forever, since those were the years they put out maps about every 3-6 days. Starting in 2002 it went back to a few different maps per year. At least with Animal Kingdom I didn’t have to start until 1998!

Search improved, Animal Kingdom maps started

I spent some time trying to improve the formatting for the map search and result pages. I think they’re still a work in progress, but at least they won’t make people’s eyes bleed anymore…

I also started the Animal Kingdom maps. It’s really just the first year for now, a total of 8 maps. There are some pretty neat ones, though, including special sneak preview/cast preview maps and the opening day map.

There are still no maps in Disneyland or California Adventure yet, so if you look for those there will be no results. I have quite a few of them, it’s just a matter of finding the time to get them scanned. Now that the site is more functional, there should be a little more time for more fun stuff like that.

MGM/Hollywood Studios maps

Got a lot done over the weekend, between the Epcot and now Hollywood Studios maps. I have all of the scanned maps for Hollywood Studios up, from opening in 1989 up until the present. Fortunately, (or unfortunately for me for all the work to do) it is actually only about a third or maybe half of the maps I actually have presently for that park.

Every map I have already scanned is now online. This represents a very small fraction of the maps I actually have, though. I plan to continue scanning and converting to PDF form as time allows, since it’s a pretty labor intensive process. Besides filling in maps for parks listed already, I have a large Animal Kingdom collection as well as every other Disney park in the world. I look forward to adding these in over time.

Look for a pretty major announcement in a few days as well!