Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Miniature parks

The International Association of Miniature Parks (IAMP) "is a trade body, which was developed in the 1990s in Europe to bring together the many theme parks across the world, large and small, which have a specialist theme of miniature model landscapes." Here are some statistics on miniature parks provided on the IAMP's website here

- There are more than 40 miniature parks open to the public across the world. Some are small and in private gardens or public areas, but most of the largest ones with commercial activities are members of IAMP.

- A new miniature park opens approx every 3 years.

- The oldest miniature park in its original form is Bekonscot, UK (built for the public between 1927-1929 with buildings in private location in 1920)

- The miniature park with the smallest scale is Miniature World, Canada (1:72 scale)

- Madurodam has the world’s biggest model railway – it is 4km long