New York is set to open the most expensive Legoland yet. It will cost builder Merlin Entertainment a hefty $350 million to construct the 170-acre theme park and resort, and it’s scheduled to be completed by 2020 in Goshen, New York, about 60 miles northwest of the Big Apple, and less than three hours away from Boston and Philadelphia.
Legoland New York will feature over 50 rides, shows, and attractions in its theme park area, which will also include a 4-D movie theater that will be screening the Lego movies. In addition, the park will feature a Legoland Driving School, where children will be able to learn how to drive a Lego car.
The resort aspect of the park will include a 250-room hotel that will highlight hundreds of Lego bricks, models, zones, and characters for visitors to see, all while providing different interactive experiences.
There will also be a “Bricktopia” section, which will highlight the developers’ “weirdest and wackiest” Lego creations. On top of it all, there will also be a replica of New York City’s most iconic locations at the center of the park.
New York State is set to invest $18 million into the construction of the newest Legoland, aiming to improve highways and bridges to help make the trip to the new location easier. Legoland also plans to donate 50 percent of the revenue back to the city of Goshen on two full days of each year in an effort to give back to the community.
Goshen residents will also receive nice perks, as they will be granted 50 percent off of admission year round. Local schools will also be able to obtain discounted tickets, as well as access to special educational programs that will center around science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art.
Though the park will only be open from April until November, the resort and these educational programs will be accessible throughout the year.
Ticket prices for the new Legoland New York have not yet been revealed, but visitors should assume them to be similarly priced to the other Lego theme parks, which cost around $89 for children and $95 for adults.