Why build LEGO when you can completely immerse yourself in a world of it (and gain favourite aunt or uncle status in the process)? The anticipated and pandemic-delayed LEGOLAND New York Resort officially opened its doors to guests at the beginning of August.
The family-focused resort (presumably, LEGO-loving non-families are welcome too…though it is built for kids) invites guests to spend multiple days exploring the park’s seven stimulation-filled themed lands before laying their heads down in the 250-room hotel.
LEGOLAND Theme Park
Through the theme park’s iconic entrance arch, the resort features guest rooms and suites that are designed for five to nine people depending on room type, with four room themes: Pirates, Kingdom, LEGO® Friends, and LEGO®NINJAGO®.
Built to inspire all-day play and curiosity, the colourful hotel also features imaginative LEGO models and immersive play areas throughout the property.
“Welcoming overnight guests at LEGOLAND Hotel is a long-awaited milestone that marks the final step in our phased opening,” said LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson.
“We’ve created an overnight experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the Northeast through thoughtful, creative, and educational hotel offerings that complement a day at our Park. At LEGOLAND Hotel, families can experience a fully-immersive multi-day getaway: they can fuel up for their day in the Park, take a break if they need it, and drift off to sleep with a bedtime story from their in-room Google Nest,” she adds.
Notable highlights include a smoke-breathing LEGO dragon, more than 2,000 interactive LEGO models created out of thousands of LEGO bricks, a Castle play area for kids, a heated resort-style pool, an arcade, and – naturally – a “Little Big Shop” to stock up on everything you need for a bricktastic vacation.
LEGOLAND Hotel also offers an endless array of creative experiences, including the chance for young builders to put their skills to the test alongside Master Model Builders at the on-site Creative Workshop. Daily children’s entertainment takes place throughout the property, complete with LEGO character meet-and-greets. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy light bites and drinks at the Skyline Bar as they watch their mini mes explore aboard a pirate ship and castle play area in the Hotel lobby.
Each room has a separate sleeping areas for the kids and adults. Kids will find a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed, and an entertainment unit.
Meanwhile, adults can rest easy in a king-sized bed. All rooms include a treasure hunt activity with LEGO prizes, access to a LEGO play bin, and two TVs with complimentary on-demand content.
Guests can enjoy the Hotel’s Next Generation Sleepover: a Google Nest that can do anything from place a room service order to tell children an immersive bedtime story or send them on an in-room scavenger hunt.
Every overnight stay comes with a complimentary buffet breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant, which also serves a family-size dinner each night.
“Children will find themselves engaged from the moment they set foot in LEGOLAND Hotel, while parents can tap into their inner child in the heart of this family-friendly playground,” said LEGOLAND Hotel Director Scott Case. “The Hotel is so much more than a place for families to rest after a fun-filled day. From the wall of 5,000 LEGO Minifigures to the interactive disco elevator with pulsating lights, mirror ball and music, LEGOLAND Hotel is an extension of the theme park experience that can’t be missed.”
Kids can also earn their very own LEGOLAND Driver’s License at Driving School, team up to save the day at Fire Rescue Academy and catch LEGO movies in 4D at Palace.
With all the stimulation, you’ll probably return home needing a vacation from your vacation, but this magical experience is one the kids won’t soon forget.