After spending a lot of time outdoors through the year-long coronavirus pandemic, families in the New York area will soon be given one of the first new theme parks to visit in years as regulations are relaxed with LEGOLAND preparing to launch its latest resort.
New York City is located in Goshen, around 60 miles north of New York City, LEGOLAND New York plans a phased-in opening this summer in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
We are the first theme park to be built in the Northeast in decades and really, focusing on the challenges of the last year, people are looking to get out, said Matt Besterman, public relations manager for LEGOLAND New York.They're looking to have a safe and fun place to play,
Besterman said the company hopes to make the theme park cashless and contactless in order for everyone to feel safe.
As coronavirus cases are dropping alongside the vaccination rollout, restrictions on businesses are lifted; New York City is expected to fully return on July 1, its mayor said on Thursday.
Features of the new theme park include a LEGO Factory Adventure Ride, which has never appeared before at a Lego-sized park and takes visitors through a Lego factory where the bricks are divided into adults.
The first LEGOLAND park opened in Denmark in the 1960s to show off the LEGO models of the company.It has later expanded to other parts of America and Asia, and has two existing parks in the USA, in California and Florida.
As well as rides, the models are a feature of the parks, and the New York one will feature some 15,000 models.