Good News! The much anticipated LEGOLAND New York theme park is expected to open in 2021. Although the exact grand opening date of LEGOLAND New York has not been set yet, the announcement follows Governor Cuomo’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions regarding indoor family entertainment centers, outdoor amusement parks, and sleepaway camps. Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor amusement parks can open starting April 9, 2021 at a 33 percent capacity limit. Covid-19 safety protocols such as face coverings and social distancing will be required for all customers and staff at LEGOLAND New York.
LEGOLAND New York Will Open in 2021
A monumental win for theme parks, this news is especially significant for LEGOLAND New York Resort which will celebrate its grand opening this year, becoming the first theme park to open in the Northeast in more than four decades.
In a statement released today, 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.”
LEGOLAND New York features seven LEGO themed lands to explore and never-before-seen rides and experiences, including the global debut of the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride.
Global Debut Photos of LEGOLAND New York Factory Adventure Ride
LEGOLAND New York Driving Distance from the New York Suburbs
LEGOLAND New York Resort is located just outside New York City in Hudson Valley’s Goshen, NY. It is an easy drive from the New York suburbs. Below you will find the distance between LEGOLAND New York to various NYC and New York suburbs locations.
- LEGOLAND New York to Scarsdale, NY in Westchester County is approximately 55 minutes away.
- LEGOLAND New York to Greenwich, CT in Connecticut’s Fairfield County is approximately 1 hour and 2 minutes away.
- LEGOLAND New York to Englewood, NJ in Northern New Jersey’s Bergen County is approximately 53 minutes away.
- LEGOLAND New York to Midtown Manhattan is approximately 1 hour and 8 minutes away.
About New York Outdoor Amusement Park Reopening Guidelines
On February 17, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that the state’s indoor family entertainment centers, outdoor amusement parks, and sleepaway camps all have the green light to reopen. Outdoor amusement parks can open starting April 9, 2021 at 33 percent capacity limit. All facilities must submit reopening plans with health protocols to the local health department. Face coverings and social distancing will be required for all customers and staff, and customers will be required to have a health screening with temperature checks prior to entry.
In addition to face coverings, social distancing and mandatory health screenings, all indoor family and entertainment centers and places of amusement, and outdoor amusement parks, must follow the below guidelines:
- Contact information must be collected from each party to inform contact tracing, if needed;
- High-touch areas, attractions, and rides must be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day;
- Attractions must close if they cannot ensure distancing and be frequently cleaned/disinfected;
- Sufficient staff must be deployed to enforce compliance with rules, including capacity, distancing and face coverings;
- Tickets should be sold in advance, and entry/exit and waiting times should be staggered to avoid congestion;
- Indoor areas must meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards; and
- Retail, food services and recreational activities must abide by all State-issued guidance.
About LEGOLAND New York Resort
LEGOLAND New York is opening in 2021 as the first major theme park to grace the Northeast in over four decades, LEGOLAND New York is located just outside NYC in New York’s Hudson Valley. A multi-day destination for families with children ages two through 12, LEGOLAND New York theme park features 7 different themed lands and will offer never-before-seen rides and experiences, including the global debut of the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride. Construction is also underway for the LEGOLAND Hotel, the first and only LEGO themed hotel in the Northeast. LEGOLAND Hotel is a 250 room hotel specially designed for families, with imaginative LEGO features and themed play areas everywhere you look – and all just steps away from the LEGOLAND New York Park! Families staying at LEGOLAND Hotel New York can choose from four completely themed rooms (including Pirate, Kingdom, LEGO Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO® themes!)
About Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 130 attractions, 19 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries across four continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season). See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.
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