Disney and Lego, two of the most iconic properties in the world. Until recently, Lego did not have a licensing agreement with Disney, so there was not much cross over for people interested in both Legos and Disney. In the last few years, however, there has been an explosion of Lego kits with a Disney themes. Now Star Wars kits, Marvel kits, Disney Princess kits, and even the drool initiating Cinderella Castle are all available to buy. My daughter went through quite the Lego craze for a few years. She moved from the Disney lines, to the Friends line, to the architecture series where you build actual famous buildings in a much smaller micro scale. I never had Lego growing up but I love that my daughter is into it. I feel it is both creative and structured. It involves planning, instruction following, logic, and patience while still allowing creativity and free expression. So, after we built all our kits we decided to do the next logical thing- to start building our own kits from scratch. We decided our first project should be small and manageable. So, we built a scale model of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Lego’s micro architecture scale. Like I said, small and manageable. In the weeks and months to come I will post numerous entries on the 20+ structures we have made. We will look at how to plan your piece, how to build from scratch, and much more.
There is one mantra I live by with my daughter more than any other. It is a saying or mindset I am sure you will become familiar with if you frequent my blog in the future. I realized from the day my daughter was born that you have a limited window of time to spend with you child before they grow up. The window is even smaller for the years they want to spend with you before those 5 emotions in the brain realize what that “Puberty button” does on the control panel and you get a tween and then teenager who wants to spend less and less time with you. I never want to look back and regret not spending time with my daughter. I want to build a solid foundation of memories we will have the rest of our lives. We play together daily. It is in many ways the major impetus behind this blog. We are always looking for ways to spend time together and to have fun doing projects.
You may have seen the hit 2014 film the Lego Movie, in it the child wants to be creative and build unique things while the father wants to keep the build structured and follow the kits. Our family dynamic is the opposite. At first, I encouraged my daughter to be spontaneous and creative and just build crazy things. She did not enjoy it. Over time I realized my daughter loves the structure that Lego provides her world. There is a plan for every piece, and every piece has its place. It gives her world solidity and reassurance. I realized that it was I that wanted to play the creative way. I quickly found out that everyone gets what they need out of Lego and I needed to let her play how she wanted to play. So, this project grew organically, as most all our projects do, out of my daughter’s request and the fulfillment of both our creative desires.
To kick off this series of blog posts I wanted something special. Walt Disney called the landmarks at the center of his parks “Weenies” after he realized his dog would follow him for pieces of hot dog. He placed major awe-inspiring structures that would pull you down the entrance and help you navigate back out. I thought what better piece to welcome you to my blog and to hopefully pull you in than the iconic landmark that serves to pull guests into the Magic Kingdom Park, Cinderella’s Castle. In future posts to come we will discuss and learn how this and the other 20+ structures came to be.
The castle above was designed from scratch by myself and built by my daughter and I. It is not the kit you can currently buy in stores. This is completely accurate micro scale scratch build. The entire piece is 13 inches wide by 15 inches deep by 17 inches tall and contains approximately 2500+ bricks. I will write a piece next week detailing the planning and constructing of the castle.
Until next time…
The Imagine Ears features the DIY projects, adventures, and thoughts of a father and daughter who use a shared love of all things Disney to create memories together through encouraging her interests in architecture, design, Imagineering, while exploring history and science.