Universal Orlando Has an Opening Date for its Next Hotel

Universal today announced the opening date for the second half of the Endless Summer Resort to be called Dockside Inn and Suites.

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Concept art provided by Universal

This hotel will when open complete the Endless Summer Resort at Universal Orlando and it will be the eighth hotel within the resort and according to Universal this is just the beginning as they plan to add another 2,000 plus rooms in the coming years.

Dockside Inn and Suites is a 2,050 room hotel and will be affordable for everyone with rooms starting at $85 a night. The hotel will open March 17th, 2020 and be right across the street from the first phase, Surfside Inn and Suites.

Anyone staying at either hotel will get perks such as free transportation to the Universal Transit Hub and Citywalk, early entry into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the ability to charge merchandise to your room at Citywalk.

Will you be staying in this resort next time you visit Universal Orlando? Let me know in the comments below!

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LegoLand to Open Park in Shanghai!

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Image courtesy of Merlin Entertainament

Merlin Entertainment announced today that they will be opening their 11th Legoland Park in Shnaghai sometime after 2023. Legoland’s next two parks are going to New York (2020) and South Korea (2022). Merlin said this will be the world’s largest Legoland Park and that it will make Shanghai an epic tourist destination with Disney in the East and Legoland in the West.

This resort will also include a 250 room hotel and if the above concept art is to be believed then the hotel will be inside the park which would be a first for a Legoland theme park. This resort is expected to cost $650 million.

Nick Varney who is the Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainment stated that he is, ” [Delighted] that we are able to realize the development of a Legoland Resort in Shanghai; one of the most vibrant cities in the world, a gateway city with modern consumers, Shanghai is already the home for many Merlin brands, and it has been our ambition for some time to build a full-scale theme park that offers the people of Shanghai and visitors to the area the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique Legoland experience.”

Legoland Shanghai will be within an hour drive of 55 million people, so this park should have zero problems attracting people to come visit. Will you be one of the people visiting the park? Are you surprised at Merlin’s aggressive expansion with the Legoland theme parks? Let me know in the comments below and follow this blog for photo updates of construction of Legoland parks in New York, Korea, and now Shnaghai!

Legoland New York Set to Open on July 4th, 2020

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Merlin Entertainment has set the opening date for its Legoland New York park to open up July 4th, 2020 in Goshen, New York. The resort will include a theme park and a hotel to start with potential expansion opportunities later on down the line.

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Legoland New York map

Above is the park map which Merlin says will be the largest Legoland park ever. Here is another angle with a scale model show below.

Local children help with a scale model of the park during a tour of the construction progress of LEGOLAND New York in Goshen on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

The park will include over 50 rides and 7 themed lands. 1 day tickets range from $61-$72 while passes range from $119-$209 all of which are very affordable prices in my opinion. Tickets and passes are on sale now and you can buy them through the Legoland New York website.

The Legoland Hotel opens in 2021 with rooms themed to Pirates, Ninjago, Lego Friends, and Castles.

Here is a better view of the park map from the Legoland New York website.

Taking a closer look at the map we can deduce that this park has just about all of the iconic rides you would find at the other U.S Lego parks and the same themed lands as well. You can also spot what the Legoland Hotel will look like in the bottom left corner of the image.

So what do you guys think of this third Legoland Resort in the U.S? Will you be visiting? Does the fact that the park is seasonal have an impact on attendance? Let me know your thoughts down below and be sure to give this blog a follow for constant theme park updates including a big article on Six Flags trying to buy Cedar Fair coming up next!