As thousands of people streamed in and out of New York’s newest transit hub at the World Trade Center, the upcoming theme park LEGOLAND® New York Resort unveiled a LEGO version of the Oculus building, where all of this was taking place.
Created out of more than 40,000 LEGO bricks, the three-foot-high Oculus model took Master Model Builders about 555 hours to design and build. This is the first LEGO model that has been announced to be installed in the theme park when it opens.
“Just as the Oculus is among the newest iconic additions to the New York City skyline, our LEGO Oculus model is one of the newest iconic additions to LEGOLAND New York Resort,” said Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman. “We’re building the ultimate LEGO theme park experience just 60 miles away from New York City, and we’re proud to feature this amazing structure as part of it.”
Also unveiled were the details of the limited edition “First to Play”pass, whichc omes with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience LEGOLAND New York Resort before it officially opens. Pass holders will gain access to a special pre-opening Preview Day event in advance of the Resort’s Grand Opening in spring 2020.
Some of the other benefits of a First to Play Pass include:
- 12 months admission to LEGOLAND New York Resort with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions
- Invitations to special events at LEGOLAND New York Resort
- A commemorative First to Play Pass Card
- Exclusive seasonal offers only for Pass Members
The grand media event was also an opportunity for LEGOLAND®New York Resort to introduce its team of Kid Reporters, who will cover the construction of the theme park from a kid’s perspective. Five lucky young journalists, ages 6-11, were chosen out of more than 450 entrants in a social media contest to join 10-year-old Waverly Winchester, Kiditor-in-Chief of the website Kids’ News NYC, on the team.
“A LEGOLAND theme park is built for kids,” Besterman said. “Who better to tell the story of LEGOLAND New York Resort than the kids themselves? Every member of this incredible team of Kid Reporters is bursting with curiosity about the Park and ideas for stories to cover.” When it opens in 2020, it will be the biggest LEGOLAND Resort ever developed by Merlin Entertainments, with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, as well as a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel from the outset. The 150-acre Resort is being built on a 500-acresite in Goshen, New York, just 60 miles northwest of New York City. The First to Play Pass is available for purchase on LEGOLAND New York’s website. There will be a limited number of First to Play Passes available. When they are sold out, other tiers of annual passes will be released throughout spring and summer 2019.