Well well well, due to Gov. Newsom not giving any theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4th, Disney has released a statement saying that it is impossible for them to reopen July 17th. Downtown Disney and the hotels will reopen on schedule as they have already been approved.
I must say I am disappointed, but I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. There was tremendous pressure from the unions to delay the opening and Newsom listened to them. I just really hope everyone wears a face covering whether they like it or not and that everyone can come to an agreement to open up the parks sometime next month. This hereby “delays” Universal, Six Flags, and the other California theme park reopenings as all of the ones mentioned were preparing to reopen next week.
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Gov. Newsom has announced today that forty-seven of the fifty-eight counties in California are now able to enter Phase One of Stage 3. This initial phase includes hair salons, barbershops, in-store retail, and religious services.
In those counties if hospitalizations and ICU numbers are stable or decreasing, they can move further into Stage 3. Deeper into Stage 3, higher risks services like movie theaters and theme parks will be able to reopen. That includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott’s, Legoland, Sea World, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. This also includes all water parks and theme parks in Northern California.
So far Disney has not announced a date about when any of the Disneyland Resort will be open, nor have any of the other theme parks announced reopening dates. Stay tuned to this blog for continuing updated information!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of construction progress before the pandemic Legoland New York has decided to push back their opening a full year to Summer 2021. The reason they are pushing it back a whole year is because this park is going to have a seasonal operating schedule which means it would be closed in the winter time so if they could not open this summer then there would be no point in opening the park this year.
Legoland New York is projected to be the largest Legoland park in the United States with over 150 attractions and a exclusive unique Lego Factory dark ride where the guests get to be transformed into LEGO figures!
Last Tuesday the Legoland New York Resort revealed a brand new type of ride and new ride tech. It will be called The Lego Factory Adventure and this first of its kind ride will be unique to Legoland New York.
Guests will be able to board the ride vehicle and with special technology be able to “shrink” down to the size of a Lego figure. What is really awesome is that facial technology and motion tracking will be used to turn guests into their own minifigures. Each guests minifigure will be shown on a on ride screen in the vehicle.
Here is a look at the trackless ride vehicle that will be used in the attraction. Legoland New York will be opening July 4, 2020. What do you think of this new ride tech to be used in the park? Comment your thoughts down below!
Legoland California has decided to retire their Star Wars area in Miniland U.S.A Merlin announced today. The attraction will close after the holiday season ends on January 6th, 2020. Legoland has said, ” Since opening in 2011 with additions made year after year, the Lego Star Wars Miniland model display has been popular for children and their parents, We are thrilled we were able to bring this generational experience to our guests and hope those who have yet to see it, or want to revisit with their friends, will come experience Lego Star Wars Miniland before it leaves us in January and before we prepare to build new memorable experiences for guests.”
In its place I hope another iconic city like Chicago goes up or the Grand Canyon. Comment below what would you like to see in its place? Also gives this page a follow for constant theme park updates.
Merlin Entertainment announced today that they will be opening their 11th Legoland Park in Shnaghai sometime after 2023. Legoland’s next two parks are going to New York (2020) and South Korea (2022). Merlin said this will be the world’s largest Legoland Park and that it will make Shanghai an epic tourist destination with Disney in the East and Legoland in the West.
This resort will also include a 250 room hotel and if the above concept art is to be believed then the hotel will be inside the park which would be a first for a Legoland theme park. This resort is expected to cost $650 million.
Nick Varney who is the Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainment stated that he is, ” [Delighted] that we are able to realize the development of a Legoland Resort in Shanghai; one of the most vibrant cities in the world, a gateway city with modern consumers, Shanghai is already the home for many Merlin brands, and it has been our ambition for some time to build a full-scale theme park that offers the people of Shanghai and visitors to the area the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique Legoland experience.”
Legoland Shanghai will be within an hour drive of 55 million people, so this park should have zero problems attracting people to come visit. Will you be one of the people visiting the park? Are you surprised at Merlin’s aggressive expansion with the Legoland theme parks? Let me know in the comments below and follow this blog for photo updates of construction of Legoland parks in New York, Korea, and now Shnaghai!
Merlin Entertainment has set the opening date for its Legoland New York park to open up July 4th, 2020 in Goshen, New York. The resort will include a theme park and a hotel to start with potential expansion opportunities later on down the line.
Above is the park map which Merlin says will be the largest Legoland park ever. Here is another angle with a scale model show below.
The park will include over 50 rides and 7 themed lands. 1 day tickets range from $61-$72 while passes range from $119-$209 all of which are very affordable prices in my opinion. Tickets and passes are on sale now and you can buy them through the Legoland New York website.
The Legoland Hotel opens in 2021 with rooms themed to Pirates, Ninjago, Lego Friends, and Castles.
Here is a better view of the park map from the Legoland New York website.
Taking a closer look at the map we can deduce that this park has just about all of the iconic rides you would find at the other U.S Lego parks and the same themed lands as well. You can also spot what the Legoland Hotel will look like in the bottom left corner of the image.
So what do you guys think of this third Legoland Resort in the U.S? Will you be visiting? Does the fact that the park is seasonal have an impact on attendance? Let me know your thoughts down below and be sure to give this blog a follow for constant theme park updates including a big article on Six Flags trying to buy Cedar Fair coming up next!