LEGOLAND New York Resort Opening Pushed Back to 2021


The highly anticipated opening of LEGOLAND New York Resort in Hudson Valley has been postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Merlin Entertainments announced Tuesday.

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The theme park, which will be located approximately 60 miles north of New York City, was previously scheduled to open on July 4, 2020.

“Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and security of our team, the partners we work with, and the communities we serve,” said LEGOLAND New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson in a statement accompanying the announcement. “We are in an unprecedented situation that has affected businesses worldwide. By opening LEGOLAND New York Resort in 2021 we are building an attraction that not only meets our high standards, it also gives our guests the best possible experience.”

“We are grateful for the support and understanding from our guests and neighbors as we navigate the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” added Johnson said. “We look forward to building unforgettable memories with our guests and their families when we open in 2021.”

The resort confirmed that all previously purchased annual passes and single-day tickets will be honored when it opens next year and that those who have booked vacation packages through LEGOLAND Vacations will have the opportunity to be the first to book for the 2021 season.

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Once open, guests will have access to as many as seven themed lands featuring more than 50 rides, shows and attractions as well as the LEGOLAND Hotel, which is also scheduled to debut in 2021.

Contact your travel advisor or visit LEGOLAND.com/new-york for more information. Guests can also email their questions to [email protected]

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Atlantis resort closes after Bahamas shuts borders

As more Caribbean countries close their air and sea borders
to incoming travelers because of the Covid-19 pandemic, hotel and resort
closures continue to grow. 

The Bahamas’ borders are closed and a 24-hour curfew went
into effect on March 24 by order of Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, which
affected most properties, including Atlantis Paradise Island, which is closed through
May 15 “at which time we will assess whether or not it is safe to reopen,” said
resort president Audrey Oswell. 

Oswell said that reservation agents would contact booked guests
and that further information could be found at Atlantis’ website. 

Approximately 600 hotels accounting for 80,000 hotel rooms
have closed in the Dominican Republic after the government closed land, air and
sea ports to limit the entry of persons with Covid-19, according to Paola
Rainieri, president of the Dominican Republic Association for Hotels and
Tourism.

The closures include Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, which
announced on March 25 that its seven all-inclusive properties in the Dominican
Republic, three resorts in Jamaica, three in Brazil and 11 in Mexico have
closed their doors until May 1.

For new and existing stays booked by April 30 for travel
from May 1 to Dec. 21, 2020, there is no penalty for cancellations 24 hours or
more before arrival. A cancellation within 24 hours will result in a one-night
penalty, said Brett Warbrick, Iberostar’s senior vice president sales and
marketing.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is closed through April
30. Reservations lines will continue to be active for new bookings or and rebookings.

Moon Palace Jamaica is closed to May 1. 

St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday and Rendezvous resorts are closed
through May 31, according to Rebecca Platt, director of sales and marketing at
SunSwept Resorts, which owns the properties. 

Guests will receive a credit to rebook within 12 months of
their original travel dates. Vacationers who cannot travel to the resorts
during the rebooking period will receive a full refund. 

Guests who make new reservations through May 31 can cancel
the booking without penalty within seven days of arrival.

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