I’m at Eastercon this weekend! It’s online (albeit on British Summer Time) so please come join me at https://confusion2021.uk for the events below!
While at Worldcon this year, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow time travellers Galactic Journey, who report on current events in the year 1965. This has inspired me to create a day trip to Swinging London in 1965, through the magic of the Internet and archive film.
Arriving in the city, via time machine of course:
Or possibly by more conventional means:
We’ll start at the Palace of Westminster:
Then follow the Thames past South Bank:
Taking in Docklands as we move East….
Passing Tower Bridge:
Join some American friends at the Tower of London:
Going West again, let’s visit Buckingham Palace:
St Paul’s Cathedral is getting a facelift, but still open to visitors:
If you come in on the right day, you can enjoy local traditions like the Lord Mayor’s Show:
Or the Festival of London Stores:
Afterwards, maybe a little shopping in Soho and Carnaby Street:
Feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square:
Take in London’s newest attraction, the Post Office Tower:
Wander round Piccadilly Circus at dusk as the illuminations come on:
And, finally, why not put your hair up, don a frock, and attend a premiere in the West End?
That’s all from London. More time-travelling tourism later! Or maybe, sooner?
I’ve been on leave from work this week, which has meant I’ve been looking for fun travel-substitutes to do while in lockdown. And my main activity has been a time-travelling visit to Disneyworld.
What does that mean? It means, I’m watching ride-through videos from Disneyland Florida and the EPCOT Center. But the catch is, I’m only watching vintage videos from rides which are either no longer in operation, or have changed substantially from their original conception.
If this is something you’d like to do too, I’ve compiled a little tour of the best ride-throughs I’ve been able to find (will update if I can find better), plus some useful documentaries and sites on the history of Disney theme parks that I’ve picked up along the way.
Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (this one’s USP was that you get a slightly different ride on each track, unlike other dual-track rides; the linked video goes through each multiple times).
Horizons (extended ride-through complied from multiple sources)
Universe of Energy (straight ride-through; poor visibility warning but this is literally the only copy of the original version of the pre-show and ride I could find)
Universe of Energy (extended ride-through complied from multiple sources)
The Mesa Verde Times (behind the scenes on Horizons)
Now, go stand in a shower with the heat on full blast, eating an overpriced hot dog and drinking a Pepsi, and buy a T-shirt with mouse ears or the CommuniCore on it or a stuffed toy of Figment, and your visit to Florida in the 1980s will be complete.