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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Why will the attraction be kept “up to date?"
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COMMENTS (35)
  • carmenh-orv
    4/18/2017 - 08:08 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept up to date because of the size of the attraction. This makes it easier to add new landmarks.

  • hayleel-ste
    4/19/2017 - 01:58 p.m.

    This would be so cool to visit, to be able to see so many places but all in one place. Then this would lower the hassle of traveling and expenses.

  • dannyh-har
    4/19/2017 - 08:09 p.m.

    The attraction will be kept "up to date" because this attraction or "100 landmarks under one roof" is very popular. Another reason that this attraction needs to be kept "up to date" because there are old and new landmarks and they need to be up to date because without "up to date" landmarks, you would not have any up to date landmarks.

  • michelleh-pay
    4/20/2017 - 10:01 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept "up to date" because when you enter Gulliver's Gate it is to view all the landmarks in miniature size but still make it realistic. Due to this, all the features must be what one will be able to see in present time if you actually visited the real-life structure or district. Furthermore, the actual attractions are sometimes given adjustments, and in which that case, the Gulliver's Gate is updated to what the renovated place looks like.

  • mariano-
    4/21/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept "up to date" because than more people will come more often. If things stay the way they are people will only need to come once but if it's "up to date" than people will need to come more often.

  • jesusm-ver
    4/21/2017 - 10:03 a.m.

    This attraction is awesome because you don't have to travel all around the world to see all those monuments or places you could just go to New York into Gulliver's Gate and see them but smaller

  • grantl-bur
    4/26/2017 - 02:50 p.m.

    The attraction will be kept up to date to keep attracting local citizens and tourists. The text says he recently added Fearless Girl, a statue from Manhattan. If he stopped adding things, people would stop being interested in older things. I think it is a very smart choice to keep adding because a wider interest level is added.

  • isabellab3-bur
    4/26/2017 - 06:32 p.m.

    So that it doesn't get boring and people will keep going. I know that if I were to go to gulivers gate now and come back 15 years later and it hasn't changed would be disappointing.

  • chloeo1-bla
    4/28/2017 - 08:39 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept up the date because the marketing officer, Hackett, says it will be tweaked periodically. The museum is a museum with plenty of attractions, and up to date attractions.

  • loganf1-bur
    5/01/2017 - 11:17 a.m.

    The attraction will be kept "up to date" because this attraction or "100 landmarks under one roof" is very popular. Another reason that this attraction needs to be kept "up to date" because there are old and new landmarks and they need to be up to date because without "up to date" landmarks, you would not have any up to date landmarks.

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