- LEGOLAND New York Resort is situated in Goshen, New York, just 60 miles northwest of New York City.
- The park officially opened on July 9, 2021.
- There are seven LEGO-themed lands featuring more than 30 million bricks.
- A LEGO-themed hotel opened in August 2021.
Everything is awesome in Goshen, New York, where LEGOLAND New York Resort just opened, LEGO’s third theme park resort after Florida and California. There are 30 million bricks (or 15,000 models) throughout the park, and families can certainly spend an entire day taking Instagram pics with them all, riding new and innovative rides and participating in various LEGO-themed activities. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
LEGOLAND New York Resort opened on July 9, 2021.
Though preview tickets were available starting in May, park developers Merlin Entertainments announced that LEGOLAND New York was officially open on July 9,2021. Rides and attractions are geared towards kids ages 2-12 — and their caregivers, since most attractions are designed for families to ride together:
Visitors can currently visit seven different “lands,” laid out as a loop around the park:
- You’ll enter through the Brick Street. Be prepared to stop and take selfies under the iconic LEGOLAND arch, with lots of hilarious minifigs dressed in different outfits and with a few stand-out LEGO sculptures. The Big Store is also here — you’re going to want to stop there on your way out. (Bring re-usable shopping bags.)
- Bricktopia is the land where wannabe Master Builders can unleash their creativity. There are places where kids can build structures and test their sturdiness on a shaking earthquake plate, or make race cars and see if they’ll survive a high-speed drag race down a massive hill. Kids can also sign up to take part in guided builds with adult builders (an in-costume pirate, for example, might lead kids through making a pirate ship). But the standout here is the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride, a trackless attraction where riders are shrunk down to the size of a minifig. If you make a pose for a photo, your minifig poses just like you!
- LEGO Ninjago World gives kids a chance to be aspiring ninjas — they can go through a ninja training camp, where they’ll run around, twirl and climb on an interactive playground. Once they’ve trained, they can do LEGO Ninjago: The Ride, where they put their moves to the test trying to defeat bad guys and earn points. Riders’ hand motions actually turn into in-ride Ninja powers.
- The LEGO Castle area has two dragon-themed roller coasters, depending on your appetite for thrills. There’s also a Tower Climb Tournament ride, where you really have to pull on a rope to raise your chair high into the air. When you let go of the rope, you’ll slowly float back down to the ground.
- LEGO City is where kids can earn their LEGO driver’s license, driving real LEGO cars and steering on their own. Kids can also learn to become heroes training to be firefighters, police or members of the Coast Guard.
- In LEGO Pirate land, prepare to get wet! One ride lets boats squirt passers-by with water cannons. (But don’t worry, landlubbers get a few cannons of their own.) There’s a pirate ship to explore.
- And finally, Miniland, which is a feature of every LEGOLAND, re-creates cities, landmarks and other attractions re-built in miniature entirely out of LEGO bricks. Many have interactive elements, like you can turn a crank the spins the Central Park carousel.
The LEGOLAND Hotel opened on August 6, 2021.
Starting August 6, guests can officially make a weekend of it by staying on the property at the LEGOLAND Hotel.
It might be worth it: Not only do you get to stay right there — literally within the park, in a hotel visible from Bricktopia — but you get to stay in a room that has one of four themes: Pirate, Castle, Ninjago or LEGO Friends. They also promise nightly children’s entertainment for after the park closes.
And, of course, there will be vacation packages. Rates for a package that includes a hotel and two-day ticket start as low as $109 per person.
LEGOLAND New York Resort offers both day tickets an annual passes.
Ticket pricing starts at $70 for a one-day child admission, and $80 for a one-day adult admission. On top of that, plan to spend $20 on parking (in addition to all you’ll spend on snacks, lunches, carnival games, extras like the LEGO driver’s license and, of course, LEGO sets purchased at the gift shop).
You can buy admission tickets and parking in advance online, or even through the LEGOLAND New York resort app, which might save you some time. (The app also lets you know how long the wait times are for all the rides, which can be helpful.) Note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, LEGOLAND is a cashless park, so bring credit cards and other non-cash ways to pay for in-park purchases. (You can see an up-to-date list of the park’s other COVID precautions on their website.)
If you plan on being a repeat visitor, though, it might be worth it to get an annual pass. A Gold Pass will cost you $230, which pays for itself entirely in three visits. With it, you’ll also get unlimited entry to the LEGOLAND New York Resort, along with free parking. Not only that, an annual pass will get you free entrance to other attractions from Merlin Entertainments, like Sea Life aquariums or Madame Tussaud’s wax museums, so you wouldn’t have to do all three visits to LEGOLAND to make up the price difference.
Isn’t there already a LEGOLAND NY?
Not quite. There’s a LEGOLAND “Discovery Center” in Yonkers, New York, just outside of the city in Westchester County. (Another just opened in New Jersey’s American Dream.) There are two rides in the Center — a Merlin’s Apprentice ride (a spinning ride) and a Kingdom Quest ride (where kids sit in a car and shoot at LEGO-themed targets) — but it isn’t exactly an amusement park.
Instead, the center is more of a LEGO playground, geared more for activities like a 4D movie, building structures on top of earthquake tables or learning with a certified Master Builder. Certainly fun, but not quite the same LEGOLAND experience that’s in Florida, California and, now, Goshen.
There are international cities that have LEGOLAND theme parks, too; the first one built was actually in Billund, Denmark. In addition, you can find them in Günzburg, Germany; Windsor, England; Nagoya, Japan; Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia; Gangwon Province, South Korea and Dubai, UAE. After Goshen, the next park planned to open is in Shanghai, China. Who’s adding “Visit All the Legoland Theme Parks” to their bucket list?
The author was a welcomed guest at the LEGOLAND New York resort.