When I first heard the announcement that there would be a LEGOLAND New York I was so excited! We love theme parks and having a new one in our home state is super exciting! Here are 5 things you need to know about the all new LEGOLAND New York!
Legoland in New York was scheduled to open in July of 2020 and then COVID happened. It changed the plans of the opening on the first LEGOLAND theme park in New York. It basically put on pause all the work needed to have the park open for the summer of 2020.
Now that we are in 2021 there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it was announced that theme parks in NY can open this year with safety precautions put in place.
LEGOLAND NY is going to be a great addition to family travel destination in New York state and we are so excited to have something to look forward to this summer.
Is LEGOLAND NY Open?
Yes!! It is official. All 7 lands are open at LEGOLAND NY for the 2021 season. This includes Brick Street, Bricktopia, LEGO® NINJAGO® World, LEGO® Castle, LEGO® City, MINILAND and LEGO Pirates!
LEGO Pirates will have a water attraction called Splash Battle where guests can fire water cannons at other guests. We are really excited to experience the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride where riders are transformed into mini-figures!
Is the LEGOLAND Hotel Open?
The LEGOLAND Hotel will open August 6th with their first guests. Expect immersive themed hotel rooms that include Pirates, Kingdom, NINJAGO, and LEGO friends as well as on-site activities. We have stayed at the LEGOLAND Florida resort and you can read about it here to give you an idea of what to expect.
What to Expect at LEGOLAND New York
If you have ever visited a LEGOLAND theme park you know that it is built with kids in mind. The LEGOLAND parks are designed for kids ages 2-12 and they offer an amazing family fun destination.
We have visited the LEGOLAND Florida and California location and think they are a great place for families. There is so much to do and if you have a LEGO fan in your family it is a must visit!
Here is what we know so far about the new LEGOLAND New York theme park.
Visiting LEGOLAND during COVID
The NY State governor announced that theme parks in NY state could open in summer of 2021. What does this mean for LEGOLAND? Below is the official statement from LEGOLAND NY Resort.
Statement from Stephanie Johnson, divisional director of LEGOLAND New York Resort said:
“We are thrilled with Governor Cuomo’s announcement for the reopening of family attractions, including outdoor theme parks. This means LEGOLAND® New York Resort will be able to celebrate its grand opening this season as planned and we look forward to sharing more details soon.
Our first priority is always the health, safety and security of our guests and our team. We are awaiting further guidance from New York State on specific safety and operating procedures, which we will follow alongside all federal and local health and safety guidelines.”
Theme parks in other states have been open for months under new COVID-19 safety precautions. Typically there are barriers, mask mandates, temperature checks upon entering the park, hand sanitizing stations throughout the park, as well as updated sanitizing protocols from rides.
Guests will also be expected to socially distance and not visit the park if they are not feeling well. The updated safety protocols are below:
- Guests that are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask.
- LEGOLAND NY is a cashless resort.
- Hand washing and social distancing will be enforced throughout the park.
Where is LEGOLAND New York?
LEGOLAND is located in Goshen, New York. Goshen is about an hour north of New York City and a little over 4 hours for us in Rochester, New York.
LEGOLAND New York is the LARGEST LEGOLAND Park Built!
This park is going to be jam packed with awesome! With over 150 acres of LEGO fun LEGOLAND New York is going to be an outstanding family fun destination.
It will feature seven LEGO themed lands to explore and never-before-seen rides and experiences, including the global debut of the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride.
LEGOLAND New York Hotel
This may be one of the most exciting parts!! There will be a LEGOLAND New York Hotel!! We have visited the LEGOLAND hotel in Florida a few times, and its so awesome for kids! The hotel will be similar to the other US locations.
There will be four themed rooms: Ninjago, LEGO Friends, Pirate, and Castle. There will also be an indoor play area, kid friendly buffet, and many activities for the family. Although the LEGOLAND theme park will not be open year round the hotel will be a year round destination for families.
What attractions are at LEGOLAND New York?
LEGOLAND New York has 7 themed areas through the park. They are:
- The Factory: This is where you start your LEGOLAND NY experience and will also be home to the all new Great LEGO® Adventure! This ride is an original and can only be found at LEGOLAND New York!!! Experience what it is like to be a LEGO Minifigure and the process of it all! We are super excited for this unique attraction!
- Bricktopia: Work with Master Model Builders to build and test your LEGO creations.
- LEGO® NINJAGO® World: LEGO Ninjago is one of our favorite areas at the other LEGOLAND parks and we can’t wait to explore this one too!
- Heartlake City: Home of the LEGO Friends. There will be meet and greets, an outdoor stage, and a Granny Apple Fries location. We always sample Granny Apple Fries on our LEGOLAND visits.
- Knights’ Kingdom: This will be home of the Dragon Coaster which is a perfect first coaster for your kids.
- LEGO® City will have LEGO Driving School and this was a huge hit with my kids! They love it!
- Pirate Shores may get a little wet and it will be great for the kids to cool off during the hot summer months.
- Miniland: A day at LEGOLAND would not be complete without a stroll through Mini-land. So many landmarks and places recreated out of thousands of LEGO bricks. Miniland will delight all ages and is a must for your day.
LEGOLAND New York is a great addition to New York state and we can’t wait to visit!