We don’t usually report on other LEGOLAND theme parks; however, since this is the first new LEGOLAND theme park in the United States since LEGOLAND Florida in 2011, we want you to know what it is like.
LEGOLAND New York Resort officially opens for previews starting Saturday, inviting guests to the epic 150-acre theme park located in Goshen, N.Y. — just 60 miles north of New York City.
The first major theme park to open in the Northeast in over 40 years, LEGOLAND New York will open Saturday with health and safety restrictions in place, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, daily cleaning, and ticket reservations.
Update 8/8/2021: Here’s a recent video from CBS This Morning Review of LEGOLAND New York.
Before you plan your trip, you’ll need to buy tickets and make reservations in advance online. Reservations for annual passes and single-day tickets are now available, with the company currently offering discounted prices on single-day tickets for the preview period, which lasts through June 20.
Typically, a single-day admission to the theme park will retail for $71.99 for adults online (13 years old and up), and $79.99 at the gate. For kids ages 3-12, tickets will retail for $62.99 online and $69.99 at the gate.
You can also visit our extremely popular LEGOLAND Florida Discount Tickets page which includes discounts and Kids Go Free Tickets for LEGOLAND New York! Be sure to bookmark this page as I will continue to update as new discounts become available. These discounts can be used for all three LEGOLAND theme parks in the US, including LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Florida, and LEGOLAND New York.
Note that, when you visit, certain areas or attractions might be closed. You should also be aware that there is no re-entry to the park. Due to capacity restrictions, all reservations and tickets are single-entry only.
Parking is $20 online, or $25 at the gate.
The annual pass is $229.99 for each individual 3 years old and older. It is valid for 12 months from your first visit to LEGOLAND New York and includes admission to all Merlin North America attractions for 12 months. Parking is included, and you can also get discounts on dining, shopping, and more.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the LEGOLAND New York website.
The Goshen attraction is the largest LEGOLAND Park ever developed by Merlin Entertainment. It will be home to seven themed lands and more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions for families with children ages 2 through 12, as well as a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel.
The park will open in phases throughout the summer, allowing annual pass holders and single-day ticket holders to enjoy six of the park’s seven themed lands: Brick Street, Bricktopia, Lego City, Lego Castle, Lego Ninjago World, and Miniland, during the initial preview phase. It will gradually increase capacity in order to encourage social distancing.
The final land, Lego Pirates, and the LEGOLAND Hotel are both expected to open later this summer, according to the park.
The LEGOLAND resort will be open seasonally — from late spring to early fall, and some educational areas will be open year-round.
“As the first theme park to open in the Northeast in decades, this preview period is our chance to welcome families who have been patiently waiting, giving them a chance to experience LEGOLAND New York in its final stages of completion,” said LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson. “After the challenges of the past year, we know families are eager to get out, ride, build, play, learn and spend time together. Through our phased opening approach, we’re able to safely welcome as many families as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our guests and Model Citizens [staff members].”
When it opens later this summer, you can make it a fun weekend and stay at the new LEGOLAND Hotel. The 250-room hotel is specially designed for families, with imaginative Lego features and themed play areas everywhere you turn — and it’s located just steps away from the theme park.
Hotel guests will be able to enjoy free breakfast daily, kid-friendly entertainment, a heated resort-style pool, and an in-room scavenger hunt with Lego prizes every day. Each room will include a separate kid sleeping area, and guests can choose from one of four themes — pirate, kingdom, Lego Friends, or Lego Ninjago.
RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS
LEGOLAND New York will also introduce the world’s first use of on-ride tracking technology to transform riders into Lego Minifigures. The Lego Factory Adventure Ride will identify the attributes of guests and map their position in the virtual space to transform riders into the popular Minifigures, like the Minifigure shown in this Lego car sculpture below.
Young guests can also expand their imaginations and earn their very own LEGOLAND Driver’s License at Driving School, team up to save the day at Fire-Rescue Academy, patrol the Wharf at Coast Guard Academy, and catch blockbusters in 4D at Palace Cinema.
Visitors will also be able to go on a pirate ship that spins and sways on the Anchors Away ride, or hop on a carousel made out of Lego items on the Brick Party ride, or go on the Duplo Express for a train ride filled with fun learning.
LEGOLAND’s first priority is the health, safety, and security of guests and its team. The theme park will follow specific safety and operating procedures under the state’s guidelines for reopening outdoor amusement parks, in addition to all federal and local health and safety guidelines, she said.
Additionally, all retail, food services, and recreational activities must abide by all state-issued guidance.
Face coverings and social distancing will be required for all customers and staff during preview days, the theme park said. And customers will be required to have a health screening with temperature checks prior to entry. Contact information must be collected from each party to inform contact tracing if needed. Entry and exit, and waiting times, will be staggered to avoid congestion, according to the state’s guidance.
LEGOLAND New York will also be a cashless resort, which means all transactions will occur via credit or debit card, or other contactless payment options.