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LEGOLAND New York Resort launches 10th Merlin’s Magic Space in U.S.A.

LEGOLAND New York Resort and its children’s charity Merlin’s Magic Wand unveiled the 10th Merlin’s Magic Space in the U.S.A. and 50th in the world today, in partnership with HONOR, a not-for-profit service that provides temporary housing, food and counseling to Orange County residents.

Merlin’s Magic Wand makes fun accessible to children facing illness, disability or adversity around the world.

“HONOR is humbled and grateful to Merlin’s Magic Wand and LEGOLAND New York Resort, not to mention all the contractors involved in creating this Merlin’s Magic Space. With all the unprecedented challenges in 2020, completing this project was no easy task. Children of HONOR, present and future, will spend many wonderful hours in this incredible interactive play area.”

Chris Molinelli, HONOR Executive Director

“After an extremely difficult year, it’s been a privilege for us to deepen our relationship with HONOR and provide Orange County families with an environment in which they can play and enjoy being kids ahead of the grand opening of LEGOLAND New York. Our goal is to bring a taste of the excitement from our Resort to this Merlin’s Magic Space and create a first-of-its-kind safe place for children in need in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. We want it to be a place which helps forge new friendships, inspires childhood imagination and confidence, and encourages plenty of active play.”

Stephanie Johnson, LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director

Located within HONOR in Middletown, the new Merlin’s Magic Space will serve as a LEGO® play space by day and a movie theater in the evening. The former conference room was transformed by many of the same contractors currently working on the final stages of construction at LEGOLAND New York Resort, which will open to the public later this year. The theme park opening will further elevate Orange County as a top New York State tourist destination and will bring substantial full-time and seasonal jobs, educational opportunities and improvements to community transportation and infrastructure.

“We are so excited to announce the launch of the Foundation’s 10th project in the U.S.A., and the charity’s 50th Merlin’s Magic Spaces project globally. It is a real testament to the spirit of Merlin Entertainments and the LEGOLAND® New York team that in a year of such challenge and adversity, the magic doesn’t stop and many people have pulled together to bring the magic of this highly-anticipated attraction to the children and families supported by HONOR. We would like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to get this project delivered in time for the new year. Merlin’s Magic Wand strives to create magical memories and make it possible for all children to access the magic of Merlin Entertainments. With each Merlin’s Magic Space project we come a step closer to our goal of creating more smiles, giggles and laughs all around the world"

Erin Woods, Merlin’s Magic Wand Charity Manager

When it opens in 2021, LEGOLAND New York Resort will take guests on a journey through seven LEGO® themed lands on more than 150 acres in Goshen, New York. The family theme park will be open seasonally, typically from early spring through late fall. Also opening in 2021 will be a 250-room LEGOLAND® Hotel, which will welcome guests year round.