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216 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

(212) 235 - 2016

03-05-2018

Gulliver's Gate

Gulliver’s Gate is located at 216 W. 44th Street, NYC, in the Theater District.  Parking must be found at a nearby garage. The street-level, double door main entrance leads to a lower lobby area. Five steps (or a lift) get one to the main lobby and full-height admission counter.  An escalator, steps or elevator go to the 50,000 square foot exhibition area.

Concrete floors, and wide aisles make navigation easy. There are a few benches throughout.  Displays are of varying heights. Some displays have steps in front of them to make viewing easier.

Multi-stall restrooms have large handicapped stalls and baby-changing stations.  There is a large gift shop.  There are no food services.

 

 

 

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Number of handicapped spaces:
*
Location of handicapped spaces:
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Transportation to venue offered?


Terrain:
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Location of handicapped entrance:
main entrance
Doors:
several sets of stree-level, double doors


Number of floors:
2
Elevators:
to upper floor
Ramps:
no
Steps, Staircases:
five steps or lift from main entrance to lobby area - steps and escalator go to upper floor
Width of aisles:
ample space throughout
Places to sit:
benches in several locations agains the walls


Location of restrooms:
past gift shop
Type of restroom:
multi-stall restrooms with large, handicapped stall
Ease of entry and exit:
easy
Baby changing station:
yes


Available food services:
none


Friendliness of staff:
Everyone was quite pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable


Notes:
*There is no dedicated parking. Parking must be found at one of the many, nearby garages. Although there are technically two floors, the entire exhibit is on one floor.


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Gulliver’s Gate is an amazing venue. It is  50,000 sq. feet of   “…a technologically advanced, interactive, immersive world of miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective.” (website)   And it is really “cool.”   I had read about it, but was still unsure as to what I would actually find. Was it as good as it sounded, or just another tourist trap?

The double door, street level entrance got me to the small, lower lobby area. There were five steps (or a lift) to take me to the lobby itself, where the full height admission counter is locate.   After paying my admission and getting my lanyard and “magic key” I was on my way.  I took the escalator up (there are also stairs or elevator) to the world in miniature.  It may be in miniature, but it has incredible detail, down to the thousands of tiny “people” throughout.  Many have been handmade, some come from 3D printers (for a price you can get a 3D miniature of yourself). Each destination is labeled.  Some of them offer “interaction” by using the key that you received at admission. You can get people to ski in Switzerland, see the Loch Ness Monster appear, watch cable cars move and more!

There is ample room to navigate the world.  Some of the places to visit are the U.S, Italy, France, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Tibet, Japan, Singapore, China, Russia, Mexico, Israel, India and Egypt – to name a few.  The Great Wall, Taj Mahal, the Vatican, the Panama Canal, and Niagara Falls are there to view. Children (and adults) can take advantage of a “Where’s Waldo?” type of game to look for characters and things hidden among the displays. Several of the kids I saw were very into this activity.

There are a few benches throughout, although not nearly enough, considering the size of this venue. The exhibits are of varying heights, some definitely fine for children and wheelchair users to get an excellent view. Some are somewhat higher, which may keep wheelchair users from a really good look at the things positioned father back. Steps at these higher exhibits allow kids to get a better view but are not of value to wheelchair patrons. This is really too bad, because everything is worth seeing.  Just when you think that’s all there is… there is an airport model – the largest model airport in the world. I even watched a plane take off from one of the runways.  But wait, there’s more! You can watch employees at work, on technology, building models, creating tiny people, fixing things. All of the workshops are “open” for everyone to see.

Large, multi-stall restrooms with handicapped stalls and baby-changing station are located past the large gift shop.

Although Gulliver’s Gate is certainly a tourist attraction, it is a wonderful experience as well.   It can whet your appetite for travel to places you have never been, or bring back  fond memories of places you have visited.

As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.gulliversgate.com,   when planning a visit , to “know before you go.”

 

 

 

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216 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

(212) 235 - 2016

03-05-2018