Schoolchildren react as life-size LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester mascot “Bertie” smashes through a 7’ by 10’ wall constructed of colorful LEGO® bricks, revealing the entrance to the attraction during its grand opening ceremony at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, NY on Wednesday, March 27. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman/CEO Bruce Ratner and Merlin Entertainments executive James Burleigh participated in the program for the debut of the family attraction, which is the first in the Northeast and just the fifth in the U.S. (Michelle McLoughlin/newscast)
“The effort to bring the ultimate interactive and creative family experience to Yonkers and beyond has been a true collaborative undertaking, one that I believe is going to have an extremely positive impact on the community,” said Merlin Entertainments Divisional Director of Midway Developments, James Burleigh. “We look forward to creating some wonderful memories for all the children and families visiting the attraction.”
The ceremony celebrated the opening of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, beginning with brief remarks from Mayor Spano, County Executive Rob Astorino, Merlin Entertainments, James Burleigh and Bruce Ratner, who leads FCRC — developer of the Ridge Hill complex.
Following the colorful wall break, Mayor Spano, County Executive Astorino and other event participants were each joined by a member of the attraction’s Junior Construction Panel to enjoy a Grand Opening inaugural ride on “Merlin’s Apprentice”— a flying wizard ride where guests pedal faster to make their seats rise into the air.
Just the fifth such location in the nation – the first in the Northeast – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a $12 million, 32,300 square-foot, indoor attraction geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families. Its range of educational and interactive experiences includes hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO amusement rides and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of more than 1 million LEGO bricks.