OK, I am clueless on this one. All I get is a map of Ohio showing the roads in and around Sandusky. No where on my screen is there an option for aerial or birdseye view. Where exactly do you click to get those?
edit: nevermind. I finally got it to work. :) *** Edited 12/8/2005 8:01:09 PM UTC by swampfoxer***
You can use it like you'd use Google Earth or Google Maps. There should be a navigation pane on the left of the screen. Center in on an area, zoom in, and you can choose among road view, aerial view, and if it's available for the area, bird's eye view (which is taken from a low-flying plane at a 45-degree angle from multiple directions). So far, I've been able to find amazing shots of CP, PKI, and SFMM. Notably, you can zoom in incredibly close, and you can see things from multiple angles in bird's eye view.
I checked the site out more, and it shows just about EVERYWHERE... the entire park of Cedar Po!nt, Darien Lake, or anywhere. I scouted for my house & found it in gorgous detail that was taken as recent as March of 2005!
This is by FAR & beyond the best map site that completely blows Google Maps out of the water. The 3D isometric view is great with the color showing up very sharply. All areas I checked out so far have maps in the "Birds Eye" view both close & far... and this says a lot more than Google which has only selected areas for the top-sattelite image view.
For once, Microsoft did something right! Bravo.
[EDIT] > My bad... after playing for awhile LONGER, found out that the areas I chose were magically ones with birds-eye views, including the Niagara Falls/Buffalo region & Darien Lake as well as Cedar Point... but found out there is none for Williamsburg, Toronto, or many other areas around the United States... ...but it's still in Beta, so they're probably still pending! *** Edited 12/8/2005 9:02:28 PM UTC by DawgByte II***
Agreed. Aerial views are one thing but the birds-eye views really put things into perspective and bring everything to life. Unfortunately, a lot of places I looked up (many not having anything to do with amusement parks) don't have aerial views available.