Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Donald Duck and Dollhouses

Even if you think you don't like cartoons, you might enjoy "Out of Scale" (below), starring Chip, Dale, and everyone's favorite loose cannon, Donald Duck. This is one of my very favorite cartoons, largely for the scale-model plot (also, it's funny).

(Perhaps not coincidentally, Walt Disney had a 1/8 scale train in his backyard, built the year before "Out of Scale" was made!)

For extra fun, "Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers" had an episode featuring dollhouse antics:

And as long as I'm posting about Disney...

I have a long-running desire to surround a miniature house with realistic landscaping, which I blame on Disneyland's Storybook Land (side note: I would LOVE to know how they weatherproof those tiny houses - not to mention how to electrify a very tiny, apparently freestanding outdoor structure). Every setting is so finely detailed and enchanting that you might forget you're not three inches tall. I'm planning to landscape ALL future builds (except for select urban settings) because it really adds to the magic.

Sadly, the equally tiny Safari Adventure that stood at the Disneyland Hotel was removed a few years ago. I sometimes wonder where those little boats are now...if I ever have a back garden again, I'd like to try building something like this.


  1. I think I've been to Disneyland in Socal about 15 times when I was growing up and we never stayed at the hotel because we lived so close to the parks (about an hour away) I went on the real Safari Adventure but I never saw the mini one. thank you for posting this. I wonder what happened to all the boats and the mini hotel.

    1. I've been *hundreds* of times myself (annual passes pay for themselves after about four visits) but I've only stayed at the hotel once, when I was eight.

      If you ever go again, there is now an Adventureland-themed tiki bar (Trader Sam's) next to where the Safari Adventure was located (you don't have to be a hotel guest to visit the bar). Look for a big ship-in-a-bottle...and wait for someone to order a Shipwreck cocktail ;)