Legoland New York opens resort hotel
GOSHEN, NY – With real lego bricks strewn across the colorful Lego themed carpet in the lobby and crowds of kids climbing up the pirate ship and castle, Merlin Entertainments celebrated the grand opening of their hotel, the final part of the Legoland New York Resort.
“That’s it!” Public relations manager Matt Besterman told Patch, looking back on the 14-month process. “Now here we are. As of August 6, we can officially call ourselves Legoland New York Resort.”
The 250-room Legoland Hotel opened to bookings for overnight stays from Friday – however, Besterman said, it welcomed some of the first guests who booked stays in 2020 before the coronavirus shut everything down.
The amusement park resorted to gradual openings after the start of the pandemic. At the end of May 2020, Legoland began offering the public the opportunity to visit six of the complex’s seven themed grounds: Brick Street, Bricktopia, Lego City, Lego Castle, Lego Ninjago World and Miniland. Then, in July, the Lego Pirates land opened.
“It has been an unusual year,” Besterman said. One of the actions of those in charge of the complex was to gradually increase the capacity of the park itself. “Operating a reservation system allows for social distancing and ensures that we can tailor the experience of our customers,” he said. “As we continue to take reservations, they continue to fill up. People crave a safe place to play.”
Since the opening of Legoland, the 90th has become the most popular neighborhood in the state, MP Colin Schmitt said in his remarks at the opening ceremony on Friday morning. Children and cannons filled with confetti and streamers joined the celebrating adults.
“Reservations are coming in. August is pretty well booked,” Besterman said.
The hotel offers families a truly immersive experience right next to the amusement park. There are places to build everywhere, walking Lego figures, the Brick restaurant, creative workshops and evening entertainment for the kids. The rooms are themed, with a sleeping area just for kids – complete with a bunk bed, a trundle bed, an in-room treasure hunt with a prize, and, of course, a bin of Lego bricks.
2-day hotel and ticket packages start at $ 98 per person. Day tickets cost $ 79.99 for adults. Book a visit through the online reservation portal.