LEGOLAND New York Resort Announces Winners of Kid Reporter Search Print

After Record Number of Entries, Six Kids Assigned the Best Job Ever as Junior Reporters

GOSHEN, NY (February 28, 2019) – After a month-long search, LEGOLAND® New York Resort has chosen five lucky children to join Kiditor-in-Chief Waverly Winchester as part of the official Kid Reporter Team. The six junior journalists will be responsible for sharing updates on the development of LEGOLAND New York Resort leading up to its grand opening in spring 2020. They will be given access to exclusive sneak peaks of the Park, attend launch events and gain invaluable skills and real-life journalistic experiences.

The Kid Reporter Search began in January with a call for inquisitive kids ages six through 12 who live within 100 miles of the Park. Each kid shared a video explaining why they wanted the job, and the final five stand out stars were chosen from a pool of more than 450 outstanding submissions. Demonstrating enthusiasm for LEGOLAND New York and natural charisma, the following kids were hand selected to share their passion with fellow children throughout the U.S. while honing their craft as aspiring reporters:

  • Matt of Mahwah, NJ, Age 6: An avid outdoorsman, Matt loves all outdoor sports including soccer and golf.
  • Amelia of Middletown, NY, Age 7: With a passion for science, dance and drama class, Amelia – MiMi for short – can be
    found playing games with her cousins.
  • Julio of Chester, NJ, Age 9: Recently earning a junior black belt in Taekwondo, Julio enjoys camping with his fellow cub
    scouts, fishing with his dad, playing chess and is interested in coding and robotics.
  • Daniel of Brooklyn, NY, Age 10: When Daniel isn’t building with his favorite LEGO® Ninjago City set, he is practicing his
    trumpet or playing with his two younger siblings.
  • Abigail of Mamaroneck, NY Age 11: A Fortnite fanatic, Abigail has a penchant for singing, acting and musical theater.

“As a seasoned kid news reporter, I’m looking forward to helping my fellow junior journalists spread the news of LEGOLAND New York,” said Kiditor-in-Chief Waverly Winchester. “I’ve been telling my classmates about the Park since I first heard it was opening, and now I get to share my excitement with kids from all over the country!”

In addition to exclusive behind-the-scenes access and ongoing published stories on the dedicated LEGOLAND New York microsite, the six kid reporters will receive four complimentary annual passes to use with their family once the Park opens, official LEGOLAND New York branded swag and a commemorative one-of-a-kind LEGO® built microphone.

LEGOLAND New York Resort will be the largest LEGOLAND park ever built by Merlin Entertainments, with more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions on 150 acres in Goshen, NY. The family theme park will be open seasonally from spring through fall. The Resort will also feature a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel, which will be open year-round.

For more information about LEGOLAND New York Resort, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/new-york, or follow LEGOLAND New York
on Facebook.

Contact: Matt Besterman
Public Relations Manager, LEGOLAND New York
matt.besterman@LEGOLAND.com

About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 120 attractions, 15 hotels and six holiday villages in 25 countries across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more than 65 million
visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its 29,000 employees (peak season).