As you are likely already aware, all theme parks in the United States are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has now been announced that we have our first cancelled new theme park opening due to the virus. Previously slated to open on the fourth of July this summer, it was announced this week that the brand new LEGOLAND New York resort will be delaying its grand opening a full year, and will now welcome its first guests in the summer of 2021.
In a statement, Stephanie Johnson, LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director said "Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and security of our team, the partners we work with, and the communities we serve. We are in an unprecedented situation that has affected businesses worldwide."
It was announced that all guests who have previously purchased annual passes or single-day tickets can hang on to their tickets as they will all still be honored when the park opens next year. Guests who have booked vacation packages through LEGOLAND Vacations will be automatically refunded, but will be given the first opportunity to be the first to book a vacation package when the resort opens next year.
In addition, it was confirmed that the 1,000 Model Citizens (employees) who received an offer to work for the 2020 season will be invited to join the team in 2021.
Though it is disheartening to hear that this new theme park will need to delay its opening by a year, there are a lot of amazing things in store for guests who are able to visit LEGOLAND New York in 2021.