See 100 landmarks under one roof Ricardo Martinez, of Argentina, puts final touches on a cruise ship in the Latin America section of the Gulliver's Gate exhibit, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
See 100 landmarks under one roof
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A new attraction called Gulliver's Gate is opening just off Times Square in New York. It depicts 100 world landmarks in miniature.
 
The indoor display covers 49,000 square feet. It includes scale models of structures, cities and landscapes. These include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt and China's Forbidden City. In addition, it includes the Taj Mahal, Mecca and Niagara Falls. It also has Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue on a hill overlooking the beach.
 
Many of the structures are amazingly detailed. The one of Grand Central includes the famous New York train terminal's cathedral windows, iconic clock and zodiac symbols outlined on its green ceiling. Another section of the display shows a New England scene. In it, trees are ablaze with autumn colors next to a snowy mountain.
 
The attraction is named for the 18th-century novel "Gulliver's Travels." The story is about a man shipwrecked on an island. It is inhabited by tiny people. Gulliver's Gate scenes are filled with little toy-like people and vehicles. 

The attraction has one other thing in common with "Gulliver's Travels." The book was a satire. And Gulliver's Gate offers a few humorous winks at real-world scenarios and pop culture. It has a traffic jam in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a Manhattan scene of mayhem with a body sprawled on the ground near an ambulance with flashing lights. You'll also find graffiti in several different languages. And, you can see the Beatles crossing Abbey Road.
 
Gulliver's Gate has a surprisingly old-school feel. It is more like a traditional museum diorama or model train exhibition than the high-tech, video-driven installations found in many newer attractions. There are just a couple of small video screen components along with a few moving parts in each area. These include balloons, boats and depictions of a concert in England that will alternate between Adele and the Beatles. Gulliver's Gate chief marketing officer Jason Hackett described the experience as uniquely "forward-looking and nostalgic," appealing to people of all ages.
 
Hackett says the exhibit will be tweaked periodically. He wants to keep it up to date. One last-minute addition was a tiny model of the "Fearless Girl" statue. It recently appeared in Manhattan's financial district across from the famous charging bull sculpture.
 
Visitors will be able to access an app on their phones. It will help identify what they're looking at. In addition to the hefty $36 admission ($27 for seniors and kids ages 3 to 12), there are a couple of pricey add-ons. For $44, you can step inside a scanner to create a 3-D model of yourself. The model takes three weeks to complete. But you can have it placed in the display alongside the other little people. For $145, you can get the scan. Then you can have your tiny model placed in the display. An action figure-sized model can be mailed to you.
 
Gulliver's Gate is located on West 44th Street. It is near several Broadway theaters and Carmine's, an Italian restaurant popular with tourists. It's one of several new attractions opening in the Times Square area this year. Opry City Stage, an entertainment complex devoted to country music and Southern culture, opens this summer. The NFL Experience Times Square will showcase pro football when it opens in November. And National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey launches this fall.
 
Gulliver's Gate co-founder Eiran Gazit is behind a similar attraction in Israel. It depicts that country's landmarks.

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COMMENTS (34)
  • alyssab1-bur
    4/10/2017 - 10:47 a.m.

    According to the passage the reason it is up to date is because visitors will be able to access it on there phones to see what it is about. I think the way he keeps it up to date.

  • kylel-buh
    4/10/2017 - 10:50 a.m.

    A new attraction called Gulliver's Gate is opening just off Times Square in New York. It depicts 100 world landmarks in miniature. Cretater is Ricardo Martinez.


    MY OPINION: My opinion is that this is so cool!!! 100 landmarks
    right in front of you. and if you can see on the london diagram i think they use real water in there river! It would be really cool to go there and see 100 landmarks.

  • holdenj-orv
    4/10/2017 - 11:24 a.m.

    This is Exactly like Lego Toys. Its because it Hurts when you step on both of them.

  • emanih-bur
    4/10/2017 - 01:13 p.m.

    The attraction will keep you updated because the people who make the mini areas updated to the latest thing that have been going on in the areas recently. For instants in the article it had said that every now and then they update everything so that people will get the new deal. I think that this is amazing because people don't have to look up things cause it's an whole buildings with features of things.

  • emilyg1-bur
    4/12/2017 - 07:56 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept up to date because, if there are only thing from the 1600's, it won't be as interesting if you already seen anything. I would not what to go this museum if there is nothing new. Givers Gate will lose business if people only come once. maybe that why they keep updating things.

  • jamariw-orv
    4/12/2017 - 02:55 p.m.

    I think this is very cool because its a lot of people who want to learn about history and having a lot in front of them is very convenient

  • gillianb-har
    4/12/2017 - 09:57 p.m.

    The attraction will be kept up to date because it is very popular and many people like to go and see it. They also have to keep it up to date because there are old landmarks and new ones for people to see.

  • jackiek-orv
    4/13/2017 - 11:39 a.m.

    did it mention how long they took to make? because it must of a long time.

  • benjamins-buh
    4/14/2017 - 10:19 a.m.

    There is a new attraction in times square NYC. It's 100 landmarks in a miniature place. I think that's really cool it must have taken forever. If only we went later we could have seen this fir MMUN.

  • brandons33446-
    4/17/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    It will be kept up to date because there are new landmarks every day like famous statues being made.

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