I love miniatures. Seriously, love them. I grew up admiring Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle at Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and I still love dollhouses of all kinds. Although Walt Disney World is sadly lacking the super amazing Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction that’s in Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, there are still miniatures to be found in Walt Disney World.
So, here are six things to do in Walt Disney World if you (like me!) love miniatures.
1. Miniature Railroad and Village in Germany Pavilion in Epcot
This is the most extensive miniature display in Walt Disney World, so of course I have to stop by there on every trip. I talk more about it in my trains post (be sure to watch the video for a unique view of the village!).
2. Progress City Model on Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
In the days of yore at Disneyland, a huge model of Progress City—Walt Disney’s vision of a futuristic city—was part of the Carousel of Progress attraction. When Carousel of Progress was moved from Disneyland to Walt Disney World, a portion of the model was placed along the PeopleMover route. You only get a brief look at it, so ride a few times to spot more of the details. You can also see a great photo of the model on the Disney Parks Blog.
3. Attraction Models in Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is the sort of attraction that many people walk right by, but it’s a such a treasure trove! I could spend hours there. There are tons of attraction models to drool over, including Cinderella Castle and Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris). You can see photos of some of the models over at Florida Project.
4. City of London in Peter Pan’s Flight
I’ve talked about this attraction in my posts on pirates and Peter Pan, but I’ll say it again: My favorite part of Peter Pan’s Flight is flying over the city of London. Next time you ride, pay attention to the vehicles moving along the city streets. They’re actually reflective paint on bicycle chains!
5. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” Movie Set Adventure
I know this one isn’t actually miniature. In fact, you’re the miniature! I just love the flip-flopped dimensions, from the giant Play-Doh can to the Kodak film slide. Although kids today probably have never even heard of the movie it’s based on, this attraction is still fun to run around in.
6. Olszewski Miniatures
Never heard of the Olszewski miniatures? That’s because they’re not an attraction but merchandise. And oh are they cool (and expensive). There’s a collection of scenes from classic Disney movies, as well as a line of miniature buildings from the Parks. My favorite is the Main Street, U.S.A. collection. You can see photos on the Olszewski Studios website. You can see them in person (and purchase them, if you have the means) at Uptown Jewelers on Main Street, U.S.A. or Art of Disney in Downtown Disney.
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Ready for a day of squealing over tiny objects? It will involve hitting three parks. I’d start in Magic Kingdom and head straight for Peter Pan’s Flight (the queue is shortest first thing in the morning). Next, ride the PeopleMover until you’ve had your fill of views of the Progress City model. (Tip: if there’s no queue, the cast members often let you stay on for a repeat ride.) Then head back down Main Street, U.S.A. and ogle the Olszewski miniatures. When you’re satisfied, hop the monorail to Epcot and check out the Germany railroad. Then leave Epcot through International Gateway and take the boat over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Explore “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” Movie Set Adventure and then end your day with a walk through One Man’s Dream.
Let me know that I’m not alone in my love for miniatures! Leave a comment about your favorite miniatures, scale models, or dollhouses, in Disney World or elsewhere.