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December 30, 2011

Location: Pop Century

Walt Disney loved scale models. In fact, if you stop by One Man's Dream over in Disney's Hollywood Studios you can find a scale model of Granny's house from the film, So Dear to My Heart. This scale model was actually created by Walt himself!

Going with this whole idea of scale models, Imagineers have perfected making different things throughout the parks seem larger or smaller than they actually are. Not all of them are to scale (in those cases it's called forced perspective which makes you think things are bigger than smaller than they actually are). However, if we head on over to Pop Century we have something big waiting for us!

Ahh, the big wheel! I remember driving mine around in the 80s and of course, I named mine Herbie. However, the Big Wheel first appeared in the 1970s, hence why it's in the 70s section of the resort. When you with sit in your Big Wheel you'd have a sticker in front of you which would show a throttle to make you feel like you were really driving around in your very own car! However, what most kids never really paid attention to was the recommended weight above the throttle. For most Big Wheels the weight limit is 70 lbs.

However, here at Pop Century we have a three story Big Wheel which is built to about 1-12.5 scale which puts the recommended weight of this Big Wheel at:

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