Insider's Guide to Legoland New York Tips

April 6, 2022

From the rush of saving the World of Ninjago to marveling at Miniland replicas, there are endless amounts of awesome to be had at LEGOLAND New York Resort.

Follow along as we dish up all of the legoland NY tips you need to know about the LEGOLAND New York Resort.

Just 60 miles from New York City, nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley town of Goshen, lies this sprawling theme park oasis. Measuring 150 acres, LEGOLAND New York is the largest LEGOLAND in the United States. Read on to discover all our juicy Legoland New York tips for making the most out of your brick-laden escape from the Big Apple.

Tips for LEGOLAND NY Resort

Over 500 acres of pure plastic pleasure,15,000 LEGO models, and 30 million shining LEGO bricks come together to make the LEGOLAND® New York Resort.

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An ideal reprieve for any LEGO lover, this action-packed theme park experience is ideal for kids ages 2-12. Set sail for that sea life when you master the whirling waters of the Rogue Riders or build your own high-speed race car in Bricktopia. With seven sensational-themed lands to explore, you'll want to spend more than just one day at this upstate utopia.

Let your imagination run wild as you indulge in rides, shows, and attractions based on your favorite Lego characters and movies.*

*Please note that Minifigure, DUPLO, NINJAGO, NEXO KNIGHTS, and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

LEGOLAND New York Hotels

Ready to dive headfirst into a day of Merlin magic and cruising spins aboard the Dragon coaster? Before you saddle up for all the high-spirited LEGO hijinks, you'll need to secure accommodations. Keep the LEGO madness flowing when you reserve your spot at the LEGOLAND hotel.

Kick back and relax in one of their 250 luxurious themed rooms as you and your family enjoy character meet and greets, nightly entertainment, and a dazzling Disco elevator. Choose to rest in the company of swashbuckling pirates or level up your master skills in an opulent red and gold Ninjago-themed suite.

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Gaze upon the staggering wall laden with 5,304 Minifigures on display, or wear out the kiddies with some time at the Castle PlayScape. Conveniently located right at the main entrance of LEGOLAND New York, this onsite hotel also boasts a fully stocked LEGO shop and resort-style pool.*

exterior of Legoland hotel with Lego characters in the foreground at Legoland Hotel New York, USA

photo credit: Legoland New York

LEGOLAND Hotel Sleepover Series

Want to inject even more awesome into your LEGO getaway? Surprise your kiddies with the most epic slumber yet when booking a special stay with the LEGOLAND Hotel Sleepover Series

This fully immersive themed stay includes a plethora of LEGO-themed perks, including:

  • Your choice of a LEGO-themed room​
  • Free themed breakfast & dinner daily
  • Access to LEGO castle, weather permitting
  • Separate sleeping area for kids in EVERY ROOM 
  • Special welcome gift for the kids
  • LEGO Character meet & greets
  • LEGO builds, games, and arts and crafts
  • And more!

*Pool is open seasonally 

LEGOLAND New York Tickets and Packages

With 50 interactive rides, shows, and attractions to conquer at LEGOLAND New York, there's simply no time to waste! So cut down on stress, and save money when you pre-purchase your LEGOLAND New York resort tickets ahead of time.

Opt for one-day admission to get a tiny taste of LEGO factory fun, or spring for an annual pass if you think you'll be a repeat customer. Upgrade your general admission ticket in person on the day of your visit. 

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Annual Passholders can choose between Silver or Elite pass options and can enjoy incredible perks such as:

  • LEGOLAND hotel discounts
  • 20% Dining discount*
  • 10% Retail discount*
  • Free Standard Parking*
  • Admission to 30+ Merlin Attractions in North America*
  • Access to special New York LEGOLAND offers, promo codes, and special events

*Denotes a perk afforded to only Elite pass holders.

Please note that all guests, including annual pass holders, must make advanced reservations for LEGOLAND New York Entry.

photo credit: Legoland

LEGOLAND New York Reserve N Ride

Languishing in line waiting for your turn on Ninjago the ride? Not for you! Cut down on cranky meltdowns when you purchase Reserve N Ride access. Your secret weapon for squeezing the most out of your bricktacular day, Reserve N Ride, allows you to decrease your ride wait time.

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Available for an additional fee, simply pick between two levels of access (Deluxe and Ultimate) and let the awesome commence. Higher access levels afford you less time between making your reservation and being able to ride. Roaring and ready to tackle those coasters? To utilize Reserve' N 'Ride, simply open the LEGOLAND® New York Resort app once you arrive in the Park.

Next, navigate to the 'Shop' tab, and then open Reserve' N' Ride. Finally, purchase your level of access and make an attraction reservation. Reservations can be made one at a time for the entirety of your park stay. 

Close up of two children on Ninjago The Ride with 3D glasses on at LEGOLAND California in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND via Facebook

LEGOLAND App

Craving the personal touch of your very own LEGO concierge? Plan your LEGOLAND resort day to perfection with the help of the handy LEGOLAND app. From glimpsing at ride wait times to storing ticket passes or discovering where to inhale Granny's Apple fries, your app is your key to unlocking the magic of LEGOLAND.

Navigate the park seamlessly with your GPS-enabled map, and keep up to date on showtimes by setting reminder alerts. Best of all, your app unlocks some seriously sea-worthy discounts and insider tips.

Can you do LEGOLAND NY in one day?

Whether you are putting the pedal to the medal at LEGOLAND's driving school or patrolling the Wharf with the Coast Guard Academy, there are endless LEGO attractions for kids of all ages to enjoy. While we all wish we could spend weeks uncovering every inch of LEGOLAND New York, here is our compiled list of certified 'can't miss' LEGO hits to cover all of LEGOLAND New York in one day:

  • Anchor's Away
  • Coast Guard Academy
  • DJ's Dizzy Disco Spin
  • Driving School
  • Duplo Express
  • Jay's Gravity Force Trainer
  • LEGO Factory Adventure Ride
  • LEGO Ninjago the Ride
  • Merlin's Flying Machines
  • Miniland
  • The Dragon
  • Rogue Riders

What's New

Splish splash the day away when you return to LEGOLAND this summer for an extra special surprise. Beginning Summer 2022, you can beat the heat and race your very own LEGO boats at the LEGO® City Water Playground.

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This refreshing new attraction is dripping with H20 fueled festivities and promises to whisk you away to a palm tree-studded paradise.

Food and Drink

What's that noise? If tiny tummies are beginning to grumble, we have just the thing! While bottled water and small snacks are permitted within the park, it would be a LEGO-loving shame not to sample the delicious eats here. Craving a sweet bite of Granny's famous apple fries, or is your mouth watering over a cheesy slice of Brickolini's Pizza? 

Our top picks for sublime LEGO dining include:

  • Chef-inspired hot dogs from City Dogs
  • Real hickory wood smoked brisket, pulled pork, and more from Smokey's Brick-B-Que
  • Crispy Orange Chicken from Ninja Kitchen
  • A smattering of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fries from a Royal Feast
  • The sweet cinnamon goodness of Granny's Apple Fries 
  • A la mode ice cream from the Wizard's Frozen Wonders

photo credit: Legoland New York via Facebook

What to Bring

Theme park days may be filled with dizzying disco spins and plenty of funnel cake, but that doesn't mean they aren't exhausting. Preserve your energy and your sanity when you come to LEGOLAND New York fully prepared. 

Ensure smooth sailing when you pack a day bag stocked to the gills with our LEGOLAND park essential items:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Water bottle & snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bathing suit + change of clothes (if applicable)
  • A Minifigure to trade - visit one of the designated Minifigure Trading Posts located throughout the park to trade, buy and collect
  • Stroller (if required)

*Minifigures must be LEGO and traded in complete form, including head, body, and legs.

Dazzling Miniland skyscrapers, high flying rides aboard a pirate's Galleon, and plenty of 4D blockbuster LEGO action. LEGO fans from 2 to 12 will be in heaven when they hightail it to the Hudson Valley.

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LEGOLAND New York Resort serves up equal parts of imagination and excitement with racing roller coasters, upbeat live shows, and boatloads of brick-stacked attractions. Receive LEGO lessons from a master builder, level up your NINJAGO skills, or uncover the mystery of how LEGO bricks are created.

From spinning out with Spinjitzu on NINJAGO the Ride to saving the kingdom on the Dragon coaster, there's never been a better time to dive brick first into a day at LEGOLAND New York.

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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