LEGOLAND New York Builds Up to 2020 Opening in Goshen
With new construction and a kid reporter gig, progress on one of the biggest amusement parks to hit the Hudson Valley continues.
Photos provided by LEGOLAND New York
Brick by brick, LEGOLAND New York works its way toward its 2020 opening in Goshen. When it finally cuts the ribbon, it will be the biggest LEGO amusement park to date.
Building, including site preparation and infrastructure, is underway for the 150-acre theme park and 250-room onsite hotel.
“Starting this spring you should see some structures begin to rise, and, after that, things are going to take shape very quickly,” says LEGOLAND New York Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman.
LEGOLAND is owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, which runs more than 111 attractions around the world and 25 attractions and two hotels in North America. In Goshen, a few of the planned attractions are special to the site and have not been seen before at any of the eight other LEGOLAND locations. Take The Big Lego Adventure, for instance. The experience, which takes visitors on a journey to see how Lego bricks are made, will make all who venture through it feel like kids again. Look out for it in the Bricktopia section of the park, which allows guest to build anything they want.
Interested in learning more about development as it continues through 2019? Follow along with a team of five kid reporters who will tell the story of LEGOLAND as it approaches its opening date. The select group of reporters, who were culled from a vast pool of applicants, will produce content about special ongoing events for the company's website and social media platforms. The call for reporters ages 6 to 12 ran through January 2019 and resulted in more than 450 submissions. On February 28, LEGOLAND announced the five winners to receive LEGO apparel, four complimentary annual passes, and a unique microphone for reporting duties. Notably, two of them are from the Hudson Valley, representing Orange and Westchester Counties, respectively:
Matt - Mahwah, NJ, age 6
Amelia - Middletown, age 7
Julio - Chester, NJ, age 9
Daniel - Brooklyn, age 10
Abigail - Mamaroneck, age 11
In regard to LEGOLAND's impact on Goshen itself, the town is growing with more jobs, developments, and projects. Once the park opens its doors, a one-way Shortline Coach USA bus running from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City will take passengers to LEGOLAND.
In town, new attractions like hotels, restaurants, homes, and warehouses will be ready to greet visitors and make their stays more comfortable. According to Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana, “Established brands such as LEGOLAND and City Winery have chosen to make their homes here, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, a world-class tourism destination and economic driver in the region, is planning to expand its amenities to further enhance its customers’ experiences.”
Goshen continues to grow with new developments in the area. “The value of the Town of Goshen today is $620 million. In 2022, it will be about $1.2 billion,” says Goshen Town Supervisor Douglas Bloomfield. According to him, there may be more than 25 companies coming to town, with some yet to be presented in front of the planning board.
“We are a part of a whole tourism corridor that stretches up from Woodbury Commons up into the Catskills, with the new casino and new attractions that are springing up through the region,” Besterman says.
Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND New York
This spring LEGOLAND's Play Pass, a pass that offers access to different attractions, will be the first annual pass available, and it will offer special benefits for signing up early. Anyone interested in learning more can follow updates on the Play Pass and pricing through emails from LEGOLAND.
“By the time we open up in spring 2020, you’re going to see more than 6.5 million visitors to the Hudson Valley than you see today, and between more than 4,000 new jobs,” Besterman says.