Pocket Planet, a 30,000-square-foot London attraction, will open on Oxford Street in 2025, transfixing visitors with miniature models.
Pocket Planet, which expects to attract over a million guests annually when it opens in 2025, will depict models of London — past and present — as well as other global locales, all accompanied by kinetics like moving vehicles and special audio/visual effects.
The accompanying photographs and video in this story are all from Pocket Planet’s miniature models, even those that seem incredibly lifelike and full-size.
“A Visual Delight”
The team behind Pocket Planet has big expectations for their tiny world. CEO Mark Vlassopulos hopes the experience will become “London’s favorite attraction.”
“[Pocket Planet] is an attraction on the scale of something London hasn’t seen before. It will be a visual delight, both for the models and the ground-breaking audio-visual elements,” he said. “Our ambition is to create the best and most attractive million-plus visitation tourist attraction in the U.K.”
The attraction has been five years in the making thus far. The team found inspiration in attractions like Small Worlds in Tokyo and Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg.
“They’re all great,” said COO Mark Brodermann, “but Pocket Planet will go an extra level. The team we’ve put together draws on the best of breed in leisure interior design and some of the greatest modelers in the world.”
Brodermann also notes admission will be affordably priced.
Ahead of the miniatures’ early 2025 debut, Pocket Planet will open an onsite retail store and café in spring 2024.
A similar attraction called Gulliver’s Gate was running in New York, but is now closed. Here’s a look:
For now, the scale model of the village in Epcot’s Germany will have to hold you over.