Visit California’s Road Trip Republic comes to life at Waterloo Station, London

On 5 March, Visit California’s Road Trip Republic will come to life at Waterloo Station, London, with Minifornia: An Epic Road Trip Experience. An immersive video experience, Minifornia will connect viewers’ point-of-view road trips taking place in miniature, all within a custom 20-by-20-foot model of California.

Placed in the midst of Waterloo’s concourse, the Minifornia experience will include a convoy of miniature cars and RVs ‘road-tripping’ on four routes across the custom built model of the Golden State. The miniature cars will capture footage of the road trip journeys from, which is then transmitted live to video headsets, as well as across the large motion screens in Waterloo, allowing the viewer to set off on their own California road trip.

Designed and built by an A-list team of Hollywood set builders, the model includes hand-carved replicas of California’s jaw-dropping scenery and magnificent natural structures, such as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, the snow-covered slopes of Mammoth Mountain and the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs. Visitors to Minifornia will also recognise 10 iconic sites from Los Angeles, including the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory and even miniature surfers catching waves in Venice Beach – where better to start a quintessential California road trip than in LA? 

Get ready to be transported to California through an arresting, tactile and novel combination of old world craftsmanship with the latest in today’s tech, as the cars drive around the roads without the use of tracks.

If you visit the model in Waterloo, you will be in with a chance to win your own epic trip to California, with a prize package of return flights to Los Angeles with British Airways and car hire with Avis.

Opening times: Minifornia will be open to the public 5–7 March, 7am – 9pm.

Where: Waterloo Station, Waterloo Rd, Bishop’s, London SE1 8SW

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