Like many talented artists here, and Disney lovers. We want to bring the whole place home with us if we could. The very first moment I stepped foot into the magic world of Disneyland, I was around 4ish, and as time passed into my teenage years. The idea of working for Disney was a thought but before that even came to play. I always loved drawing, painting, creating, and model making. I do graphics/web design now but nothing beats creating with your own hands.
My all time favorite attraction was the mighty Matterhorn. I wanted one in my very own backyard when I was a kid but since I had no millions of dollars. With my art skills, millions of photo/video of the attraction at my disposal, I decided to make a scale model of the Matterhorn when I was in Junior high school, dating back to the early 1990s, to satisfy that gap.
I still have the model till this very day, I decided pull the cover off it, dust it off, and take candid photos of it for all to see (share). Made/sculpted from clay, and painted with acrylic paint, it can also hold water (the lakes). I was around 11 or 12 when I made this, it took me 3 or 4 days straight, round the clock during the summer. No detail was over-looked, the mountain is laid out just like the real attraction.
I studied hours of home-video, and Disneyland documentaries that I recorded off the Disney Channel. From the track lay out to where the abominable snowman are. I actually placed mini speakers inside the mountain where the snowman are located, and parts of the caves. Since I had hours of home-video (VHS) of me riding the attraction, capturing the sound effects (an age before Disney released effects of the Matterhorn). I transferred the sound to tape, hooked up the speaker jack, and the illusion of the ride was even more real.
It's my pride & joy.
I also made a 9x12ft (layout) scale model of Disneyland when I was in freshman in high school but when I moved out of my parents house. My Dad made the mistake of placing out in the backyard shack, and it literately weathered away =( I only took a couple of photos of it, which I can't find at the moment but it's defiantly my goal in the future to make another Disneyland model. Just need another art room, lol. Every time I look at that scale model at Disneyland in Main St, I cry, lol