For the third Legoland in the U.S. (and the ninth in the world), Merlin Entertainment is building and spending big.
The family entertainment company is shelling out $350 million—its largest investment in a single Lego toy theme park to date—to create an 150-acre Lego wonderland for children ages 2 to 12 called Legoland New York Resort .
Situated on 500 lush acres in Goshen, N.Y., just off Route 17 and 60 miles northwest of New York City, Legoland New York will offer far more than Legoland Discovery Center Westchester . Slated to open in spring 2020, Legoland New York will feature more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, as well as a hotel.
At an on-site media and community event to offer a first look at the upcoming theme park and hotel site this morning, spokespeople talked about the eight themed “lands” in which kids can learn the ancient art of Spinjitzu, take a balloon ride over Pinefall Woods , ride a roller coaster, learn how to be a Lego City firefighter, attend Lego driving school and check out the panorama of interactive Lego-built cities from across the country. Reporters were even given helicopter rides to show the expansive site that will become Legoland New York.
With 250 rooms open all-year long (the park will be open seasonally from spring to fall), the hotel will have five different themed rooms, Phil Royle , the development director for Legoland, told Commercial Observer. The hotel will include a kid-sized buffet table, castle play area with adjacent bar for parents.
The 150-acre site that will be home to Legoland New York Resort. Photo: Lauren Elkies Schram
As for the location in Goshen, Royle highlighted its proximity to Manhattan (ShortLine Coach USA will provide a one-seat ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Legoland), Woodbury Common Premium Outlets , the United States Military Academy , also known as West Point , and the casino at Resorts World Catskills , which opened this year in Sullivan County. Besides, he said, people typically travel eight to 10 hours to get to Legoland.
Map of Legoland New York Resort, in Goshen, N.Y. Image: Merlin Entertainment
Thirty million Lego bricks will be used to create 15,000 Lego models at LegoLand New York. This morning, Merlin unveiled its 10-by-10 Legoland New York model, made with 135,000 Lego bricks. As the curtain came down, so did a shower of 60,000 Lego pieces (see video above). It took 20 master builders working 1,300 hours to complete the model, which will be featured in the theme park.
Read Full Article >>