Walking down Main Street USA is quite an experience. As you come around the corner of the Emporium or Confectionery you see stretched out before you the sprawling shops that harken back to simpler times. It is a symphony of color, shops, lights, trees, and aromas. Stretched out in the distance in the most iconic building in the park, Cinderella’s Castle. It beckons to you and pulls you deeper into the park. But, not before you stop and do a little shopping.
We have already shared with you our Cinderella’s Castle, Main Street Train Station, & Main Street Town Square (with the Fire Station, City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Fire station, & Flag Pole.) This is our next entry into our miniature Magic Kingdom designed and built from scratch in Lego micro scale.
The castle seems so far away and there are so many shops in front of you. In actuality, that castle is around 700 feet away from you according to Google Maps, that is about two football fields. That is the entire distance including the bridge, courtyard, & hub. The actual street itself is actually only 343 feet from first store to last, that is less than a football field not counting the end zones. In your mind’s eye, right now you may be picturing and it seems so far. That is because the street, and the castle for that matter, uses an old trick called “Forced Perspective” where the heights of the building gradually and imperceptibly decrease faster than they should to give the illusion of a street that goes on forever.
People subconsciously enter the park walking on the same side of the road as you drive. So, most everyone, whether they realize it or not walk in on the right side of the street. You may not recognize this, but Disney does. You will realize that all down the right-hand side of the streets are mostly the shops that sound good to you as you settle into the heat or are hungry from a long car trip as most all of these shops sell food. They include The Confectionery, The Main Street Bakery, The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, The Plaza Restaurant, and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
When trying to build such a long piece research was the key. We used google earth to help get the scale and dimensions of the building. When transitioning it down to the scale we were limited by the size of the Lego brick. We basically established that a tradition 1×1 brick would be the size of door and that the headlight pieces would serve as our window scale. We tried to be exact in our details down the trees, tables, and lampposts. We had to make some adjustments because of our space issues. I would love to have a place to permanently display this build publicly so we could avoid such constraints.
Until next time…
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