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The collaboration between Disney and Lilliput Lane has produced an enchanting series of miniature sculptures, combining the meticulous craftsmanship of Lilliput Lane’s British cottages with the magical allure of Disney’s theme parks and attractions. This collection, rich in detail and nostalgia, has been a significant part of the Disney collectibles scene, with several pieces sculpted by the talented Ray Day. We look at the unique collaboration, showcasing the evolution of these collectibles which we believe are some of the best ever Disney collectibles.

Lilliput Lane Disney The Seven Dwarfs Cottage
Lilliput Lane Disney The Seven Dwarfs Cottage

Starting the Magic: The Seven Dwarf’s Cottage (1986) The journey began in 1986 with the Seven Dwarf’s Cottage, a piece exclusively available at Disney World. This sculpture, inspired by Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” set the standard for the detailed and whimsical creations that would follow. It marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between Lilliput Lane and Disney, blending the quaint charm of Lilliput Lane’s craftsmanship with the enchantment of Disney’s world.

Lilliput Lane Disney Firehouse 501
Lilliput Lane Disney Firehouse 501

Annual Traditions and Iconic Sculptures The partnership truly took off in 1995 with the commissioning of Firehouse 501 for the Disneyana Convention in Disneyland. This piece, limited to 501 units, quickly sold out, illustrating the collectors’ appetite for these detailed models. Each year until 2001 (and again in 2005), Lilliput Lane continued to captivate Disney fans with limited edition sculptures, commemorating various Disney attractions and milestones.

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1996: The Hall of Presidents The following year saw the release of The Hall of Presidents for the Disneyana Convention at Disney World. This replica of the Liberty Square attraction at Disney World was another testament to Lilliput Lane’s ability to capture the essence of Disney’s architectural wonders in miniature form.

1997: The Haunted Mansion The Haunted Mansion, released for the Disneyana Convention at Disney World in 1997, became one of the most coveted pieces in the collection. This sculpture’s popularity is a testament to the attraction’s beloved status among Disney enthusiasts, showcasing Lilliput Lane’s attention to detail and craftsmanship.

 

Lilliput Lane Disney Haunted Mansion
Lilliput Lane Disney Haunted Mansion

1998: Magic Kingdom Train Station In 1998, Lilliput Lane introduced the Magic Kingdom Train Station, available at the Disneyana Convention. This model represented the iconic entrance to the Magic Kingdom, welcoming guests with its nostalgic design and becoming a cherished piece among collectors.

1999: Main Street Cinema The Main Street Cinema was the 1999 convention piece, based on the cinema at Main Street, Disney World. This model, showing “The Jungle Book,” captured the early charm of Disney’s theme parks, with its precise dimensions adding to its appeal.

Lilliput Lane Disney Main Street Cinema
Lilliput Lane Disney Main Street Cinema

Celebrating the Millennium and Beyond: “It’s A Small World” (2000) A landmark piece in the collection is “It’s A Small World,” the headline sculpture for the Disneyana 2000 Collectibles Convention. Crafted by Ray Day, this piece stands out for its representation of the beloved Disneyland attraction, emphasizing the global unity and whimsical design that have made the ride a fan favorite. Day’s contributions to the collection have been significant, with his sculptures becoming central to the Disneyana conventions and highly anticipated by collectors.

Lilliput Lane Disney Its a Small World
Lilliput Lane Disney Its a Small World

Festive Editions and Continued Success Lilliput Lane also explored thematic variations, such as “Deck the Halls,” a festive reimagining of the Hall of Presidents for the 1999 Disney Christmas Collectibles Showcase. This sculpture, adorned with Christmas decorations, showcases the versatility and creativity of Lilliput Lane’s artisans, blending the spirit of Disney’s attractions with seasonal joy.

2002: Hollywood Tower of |Terror THE HOLLYWOOD TOWER HOTEL was released in conjunction with the Disneyana 2002 Convention – August 22-24, and was limited to an edition of just 400.

Legacy and Collectibility Throughout the years, Lilliput Lane’s Disney collection has grown to include pieces commemorating various Disney anniversaries and events, like “The Happiest Celebration on Earth” (2005) and “Cinderella Castle” (2001). These sculptures not only celebrate specific milestones but also continue the tradition of intricate detailing and craftsmanship that defines the collection.

The collaboration between Lilliput Lane and Disney has created a legacy of collectibles that capture the essence of Disney’s theme parks and attractions. From the Seven Dwarf’s Cottage to “It’s A Small World,” these miniatures serve as tangible memories of the joy and enchantment that Disney parks offer. For collectors and Disney fans alike, the Lilliput Lane Disney collection represents a unique convergence of artistry, nostalgia, and the magical world of Disney, forever immortalizing the magic of Disney in the form of exquisite miniature sculptures.

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