Saturday, January 3, 2015

MINIATURE WORLD ATTRACTION, TRIP REPORT 2015




"Welcome to the little people's Wonderful World of Smallness, walk down its road -- step into the Story Books of fact, fiction and fantasy. Return to those fond memories of yesteryear, those childhood dreams and history's greatest moments! "

I am very excited to share this trip report for a walk thru attraction titled "Miniature World" in Victoria BC, Canada. I have been going here since I was a kid and it still fills me with amazement and magic every time I see it. I'm pretty sure it began my obsession with anything miniature and still inspires my work today!  

Watch this amazing promo video from 1992: Gives a great sense of the attraction.

"Miniature World has over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays. Special effects in lighting, sound and animation are added to create this miniatured extravaganza that continues to thrill and delight the young and young at heart!"

The lobby looked like the interior of a train car. Reminded me of the Lilly Belle train car at Disneyland.
The Walk through is divided into13 themed areas. Here they are:

1.SPACE 2201
Nothing makes us feel smaller than the Universe of space. So what would be better than to start the Miniature World show by plunging you into the virtual reality of standing on the observation deck of the Avian-1 Star cruiser? From this vantage point you'll enjoy the thought provoking realities of the vastness of space overlooking Jupiter's horizon, it's moons and the Brunelli Eye wormhole off in the distance.
 (this photo courtesy of www.miniatureworld.com)
( this photo courtesy of www.miniatureworld.com)
The use of blacklight in this section was very effective
the space logo was a nice touch
Lots of cool panels to touch and read
This "Infinity" mirror effect gives the illusion of never ending domes
No lights here..just paint...

Love the idea of peepholes into a magical world.
A distant planet....

2. THE FIELDS OF GLORY
 Time and again countries confront the ultimate sacrifice of conflict. War and its historical place in the evolution of humanity is probably the most devastating and challenging aspect of our species' growth. Miniature World presents detailed depictions of some of the better know conflicts and while some will find them quite sobering, such detail serves to remind us of the need to consider war only as a last resort.

AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDANCE 1775-1783 (BATTLE OF SRATOGA)
"Time and again countries confront the ultimate sacrifice of conflict. War and its historical place in the evolution of humanity is probably the most devastating and challenging aspect of our species' growth"

I LOVE the use of cotton as gun fire smoke...brilliant
These figures are so historically accurate.

WORLD WAR II - JUNE 1944




 "COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING" WESTERN FRANCE - AUGUST 1918





CHELSEA IN JUNE OF 1815
The characters are so well placed and really help to tell a story and evoke an emotion

"REAPING THE WHIRLWIND" - GERMANY, 1945

"EUROPEAN 30 YEAR WAR" (16TH TO 17TH CENTURY)





AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - 1861-1865



"BANDITS AT ANGELS ONE FIVE" -THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN AUGUST 1940







ANTIQUE TIN SOLDIERS DISPLAY


4. THE GREAT CANADIAN RAILWAY
Until you really explore it, even in miniature Canada is a vast expanse of diverse terrain and character. What you see here is the early settlements along the first main linking mechanism of the day, The Great Canadian Railway. This HO scale train travels from west coast (British Columbia) Canada all the way to the east coast (Maritimes). Such a long display!100' in length!!
The lighting would go on and off all the time to give nighttime views of some of the displays 

VANCOUVER (BRITISH COLUMBIA)












CALGARY (ALBERTA)


PRAIRIES (SASKATCHEWAN/MANITOBA)


The wild prairie storm!!!




TORONTO (ONTARIO)






 
MARITIMES


5. LITTLE MILLS LUMBER COMPANY
Miniaturization doesn't get more impressive than when it scales down reality to become a working model of the real thing. Here you can see a working saw mill in all its intricacy and design right down to scaled downed blades and band saws used in the milling of raw logs into lumber.







5.THE ENCHANTED VALLEY OF CASTLES
For centuries, castles have been one of the most captivating and awe inspiring structures to survive the middle ages. At one time there were literally thousands of castles dotting the European landscape. Here we have brought together 12 miniature replicas of the most famous castles in a tranquil river valley setting. This was the only N Scale (Smaller than HO scale) display in the entire attraction. I love this tiny scale.







Operational cable car.  

6. FRONTIER LAND
How the west was won or rather how it was transformed from its Native American roots. Miniature World avoids the politics and tries to depict both cultures in a clash of contrasts. The detail and harmonious nature of the Native American villages show an almost environmental Utopia. Even the towns of the early settlers show an initial low impact profile as the first signs of business and commerce establish themselves in the country side.





WEST COAST FIRST NATIONS HAIDA VILLAGE
This section pays respect to the local Haida people by re creating the villages that used to line the coasts of British Columbia.





THE GOLDEN YEARS OF THE HORSE-LESS CARRIAGE 1908


7. FANTASY LAND
The fantasies and stories of childhood, of being small and of creating tiny worlds to escape into are all fulfilled in a visit to Miniature World. This section is full of old school nursery rhymes, stemming from the days of roadside attractions like Enchanted Village or Flinstone park. The style is super kitch and full of magic.

SANTAS WORKSHOP



GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT



THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE



THE DWARFS IN THEIR DIAMOND MINE


ONCE UPON A TIME LAND



ENCHANTED CASTLE



8. NEW AND OLD LONDON TOWN
Explore the parallel worlds of Olde London Towne and New London Town. Time and changes side by side, from the quaint horse-drawn carriage days to the Universally recognized London double-decker buses of modern day. These exquisitely crafted miniature scenes reveal the vast changes in transportation and architecture over centuries from the late 1600's to recent times. 
OLD LONDON TOWN










NEW LONDON TOWN







9. WORLD OF DICKENS 
These displays capture poignant vignettes of the life and times of the Victorian period, not just the horses and carriages and elegant ladies and Gentleman but the seamier side too. look carefully and you will characters like Oliver Twist, Nancy, Fagin and Bill Sykes and his dog.



10. DOLLHOUSES
 The decor and finesse of this historical hobby creates a timelessness to days gone by. Here you will find unbelievable details right down to the tiniest of paintings hanging on the walls to dining room parties with musicians, women and men dressed in exquisite clothing. 








11. SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON
Shipwrecked on a desolate island for over ten years the Robinson Family built a self sufficient life for themselves. Their main home was built in an old Fig tree which they affectionately called Falconhurst and over time as they expanded their little world they renamed it New Switzerland.


12.CIRCUS WORLD
Circus World is probably the most detailed miniature in the entire attraction. It features over 20,000 figures and covers a vast area of the venue. It is especially known for the vast number animations from rides to trains, rotating flashing signs and distant perspectives.


It is a full featured day through night extravaganza taking you from the Circus' Winter Quarters in Florida to a classic Big Top Performance complete with clowns, animals and extensive animated amusement park!

CIRCUS WINTER HEADQUARTERS, SARASOTA FLORIDA USA 1940s
Training buildings and rehearsal halls
cart building

Cool view out of a Cave to see the train heading to its destination.

CIRCUS ARRIVES AND EVERYTHING IS UNLOADED




CIRCUS  PARADE!!














CIRCUS GROUNDS!
Circus at night is so beautiful

Sideshow is always my favorite


Wild animal performers!!

THE MIDWAY!





Lights at night!!


WILD WEST SHOW!





13. KING ARTHUR'S CAMELOT
Miniature World's latest adventure, "Camelot". Three years of planning and countless hours of creativity by artisans skilled in the art of miniaturization have amassed 11 new exquisite dioramas depicting this legendary time! 











Please try and visit thsi attraction if you can. Its a dying breed of attraction and who know how long it will remain.