LEGOLAND New York Official Announcement Print
Merlin Entertainments announces LEGOLAND® New York
Third LEGOLAND® Park in US to open in Goshen, New York in 2020
26 October 2017: Merlin Entertainments (“Merlin” or “the Company”), one of the world's leading visitor attraction operators, officially announces that it will open a LEGOLAND® Park in New York, its third in North America. Expected to open in 2020 and ideally positioned within a two-hour catchment of 23 million people, the park will be located in Goshen, Orange County, 60 miles north-west of New York City.
LEGOLAND® New York, which will be fully owned and operated by Merlin, represents a total Company investment of $350m (c.£265m), and will include a 250-bedroom LEGO themed hotel from the outset. With good transport infrastructure, the park is within an hour and a half of Manhattan and less than three hours from Boston and Philadelphia. The 500+ acre site provides exciting long term expansion opportunities. The announcement builds on the success of other North American LEGOLAND Parks in California and Florida.
LEGOLAND New York was officially announced by Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney and Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky in Goshen yesterday afternoon, with more than 200 officials, community leaders, and local school children in attendance. On 19 October, Merlin was granted approval of its site by the Town of Goshen Planning Board, which will allow it to officially commence building. This follows nearly a year and a half of public meetings and hearings, and a thorough review process by the Planning Board. The project will also receive support from New York State government by way of conditional grants and infrastructural development.
Once completed, LEGOLAND New York will be open seasonally from April to November. The LEGOLAND Hotel, which will be open all year round, will be a LEGO world immersive experience, featuring hundreds of LEGO models made from millions of LEGO bricks. The resort is expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs in addition to 800 construction jobs in its development.
LEGOLAND New York will be Merlin’s ninth LEGOLAND Park, and follows the opening of LEGOLAND® Japan in April 2017 and LEGOLAND® Dubai in October 2016. Merlin has announced its intention to open a LEGOLAND Park in South Korea and there are plans for further parks in China.
Nick Varney, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“LEGOLAND New York is the first new major theme park in the North East of the US for several decades, and is perfectly located for visitors from New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and beyond. At $350m it is our largest investment in a single park to date, and our third LEGOLAND Park in North America, the world’s largest market for theme parks and the LEGO brand. This investment reaffirms our commitment to further diversifying Merlin’s portfolio of attractions internationally and is an important milestone in our global LEGOLAND rollout programme. We look forward to start the building project and working closely with the people of Goshen to establish a fantastic short break destination for families in the New York and surrounding areas.”
Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said:
“LEGOLAND New York will further anchor the Mid-Hudson region as a top-notch destination for visitors to New York State and will generate millions in local investment for the Town of Goshen. Merlin’s commitment to community partnership – including donating a portion of LEGOLAND New York’s revenue to the community, strong educational opportunities and STEAM programming, and workforce training – make this project a win-win for Orange County.”
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 15 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to its more than 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.29,000 employees (peak season).
Merlin operates eight LEGOLAND Parks including LEGOLAND® Billund; LEGOLAND® Deutschland; LEGOLAND® Windsor; LEGOLAND® Florida; LEGOLAND® California; LEGOLAND® Malaysia; LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Japan.
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Designed for children ages 2 to 12, LEGOLAND is a world of fun and adventure where the emphasis is placed on rides and attractions suitable for families with young children. LEGOLAND is split into a number of highly LEGO® themed areas, which consist of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Attractions include the LEGOLAND Driving School, where kids learn to drive a LEGO themed car. The Dragon “pink knuckle” roller coaster will excite children without being too scary and the LEGO 4D Movie Theater will show a selection LEGO movies. Miniland is the heart of every LEGOLAND park and includes cities and iconic landscapes in miniature scale built out of millions of LEGO bricks. Other themed areas include LEGO Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO®.