Legoland New York Announces Opening Date and Special Discounted Tickets

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Legoland New York will begin welcoming guests on May 29, the park shared with Travel + Leisure, after being forced to push back its opening day plans by nearly a year.

The theme park, located just over an hour from New York City in Goshen, NY, will first open for previews with access to six of the park’s seven lands: Brick Street, Bricktopia, LEGO City, LEGO Castle, LEGO NINJAGO World and MINILAND.

The Legoland hotel and the final land, LEGO Pirates, are expected to open later this summer.

Tickets, which go on sale on the website on Friday for the general public, will be sold at a reduced price of $49.99 per day. The park said it would gradually increase capacity to encourage social distancing.

“As the first theme park to open in the Northeast in decades, this preview period is our chance to welcome families who have been patiently waiting, giving them a chance to experience LEGOLAND New York in its final stages of completion,” Legoland New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson said in a statement provided to T+L. “After the challenges of the past year, we know families are eager to get out, ride, build, play, learn and spend time together. Through our phased opening approach, we’re able to safely welcome as many families as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our guests and Model Citizens (staff).”

The theme park will feature favorite attractions like the Dragon roller coaster and Miniland (all five boroughs of New York City will be represented in this one), along with new features like the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride where park goers can walk through the history of the Lego brand before becoming minifigures themselves.

When the park does open, it will have cashless transactions and several coronavirus-era safety features, including empty rows and seats on rides, mandatory face masks, and hand sanitizers placed throughout the park.

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New York Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Broadway Theaters, Live Venues

New York Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Broadway Theaters, Live Venues

Broadway’s doors closed back in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Broadway’s curtains will finally get to open this spring.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the reopening of Broadway productions on May 19, and said most coronavirus-related state capacity restrictions in New York and New Jersey will be lifted that same day.

In the press briefing, Cuomo said many businesses like Broadway “may make their own economic decisions” about when to reopen, and acknowledged the unique schedule the theater industry has that will influence their reopening.

“They have to produce a play before they can sell the play, but from capacity point of view they can all reopen on May 19,” Cuomo said.

The state’s lift on restrictions comes as COVID-19 vaccination rates increase, with one third of New Yorkers already fully vaccinated and the state’s positive cases reaching a new 6-month low.

It’s been over a year since Gov. Cuomo announced Broadway productions would stop last March, with the shutdown extended until May 2021 back in October.

While the state is set to lift restrictions in May, the Broadway League and other leaders in the theater industry have said a September reopening is more likely.

Cuomo added that live venues, including Broadway, could work around current social distance requirements in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention by demanding guests show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results upon entry.

The reopening initiative will also affect theaters, gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, amusement parks and shops.

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