Entire Miniature World Hiding in Times Square
Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming what it would be like if you were shrunken like your favorite book or movie character? Or perhaps you’ve had a weird dream about being a giant?
Now, at Times Square, you can experience a bit of both. For real! Visit Gulliver’s Gate, a 50,000 square-foot interactive model exhibit that features miniature versions of cities and attractions. Sounds like a lot, right?
It is. You will definitely feel like a traveling Gulliver as you peer into New York City, New England, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. In New York, you’ll see things like a flashy, lit-up Times Square, a moving Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Grand Central Station, and Central Park.
But it’s not all about the landmarks. Pizzerias, graffiti artists, and even a thief in the Met Life Building help to shape up the bustling landscape of the city that never sleeps. The people that populate this mini city are detailed and life-like. They smile, they high-five each other, they gaze into windows, and they talk to one another.
And that airport! In the middle of NY is a huge, functional airport replica complete with planes that take off every 15 minutes. They actually ascend! Vehicles move around on the runway in between takeoffs too.
Move past NYC and into another part of the world to a place like Asia, where you can get an eyeful with the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, or Mount Fuji. There’s lights, there’s greenery, and perhaps even a Pokémon.
Touch down in Europe and see that one of its biggest draws is Nessie. Oh yeah. She pops in and out of the Loch Ness while curious figurines take her picture. If London Bridge and Buckingham Palace don’t call you, maybe the Adele concert will (mm hmm). Don’t forget to check out the beautiful Aurora Borealis.
There’s much to see in Russia, the Middle East, Washington, D.C., and Latin America, where one can take in major landmarks as well as cool pop culture references, music, and Santa Claus.
Lights, movement, and plenty of action fill up this attraction that was created by model-makers from all over the world, who have added unique and authentic detail to their creations. Trains, buses, ambulances, clucking chickens, and snowfall are all enchanting visitors.
And things switch up around the holidays, where you might be able to snap a picture of a turkey being pardoned or a brightly-lit Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
Gulliver’s Gate is a permanent display nestled in a city block in New York. Folks can book tours as individuals or groups, and each visitor is given a key that “unlocks” the exhibits for them. While that key is also a souvenir, one of its other keepsakes is a 3D model that you can have made of yourself.
Have one ordered and sent to your home or go for glory and have a mini version of yourself added to one of the attractions at Gulliver’s Gate. Sound fun? Check out this video to get a glimpse of what this display has to offer!
What do you think of Gulliver’s Gate? Would you make this a stop on your visit to NYC? What seems like the coolest feature to you?