Can LEGOLAND New York be done in one day?
While a visit to LEGOLAND New York may not be able to be completed in one day, there are certainly a lot of things to do and see at the park that would make a one-day visit enjoyable. First and foremost, the MINILAND attraction is a must-see as it is home to incredibly detailed recreations of iconic landmarks and scenes from across the state of New York, all built entirely out of LEGO bricks. Other popular attractions at the park include the Driving School, the MINILAND area, The Dragon rollercoaster at LEGO Castle, and the LEGO Pirates area. Guests looking to spend the day at LEGOLAND New York can also enjoy a variety of shows and performances, as well as plenty of opportunities to shop and eat.
It will take you at least two days to see everything. If you want to see the most important attractions in one day, it’s possible, but you need to be super organized and plan your route strategically before you arrive. You will have to choose some things to skip. Arrive at the car line early (45-60 minutes before the park opens) to be among the first to enter the park. You can sprint to the back of the park and ride 4-5 rides before most people arrive. You’ll probably get more rides before noon than the rest of the day!
I recommend heading straight back to ride The Dragon rollercoaster first in the LEGO Castle area, then head over to the LEGO City area and ride the Coast Guard Academy. The Coast Guard Academy usually has long lines in the afternoon and evenings as it takes time to load the individual boats with guests. While still in the LEGO City area take advantage of the short lines and drive your very own LEGO car at the Driving School.
After visiting the LEGO City area head on over to the LEGO Pirates area and ride the Splash Battle. Navigate through pirate-infested waters using your own water cannon. Aim your cannon at spectators and other riders, and fire your best watery shot. After getting wet on the Splash Battle attraction head over to the Anchors Away! ride where you can spin, turn and twist on a pirate ship and possibly dry off.
When you’re done at the LEGO Pirates area the next area is MINILAND. While I know this could be very tempting to see all the wonderful and amazing designs and details, don’t. Since this area has no lines and can be visited anytime without waiting, I would suggest skipping MINILAND.
Now head to the front of the park BRICKTOPIA and ride the LEGO Factory Adventure ride. On this ride, you’ll discover what it’s like to be a LEGO Minifigure, where you’ll be magically shrunk to miniature size and right in the middle of the LEGO brick creation!
To see all the main attractions at LEGOLAND New York in one day, head to the most famous and iconic attraction at LEGOLAND New York, MINILAND. Real Lego bricks are used to construct ten sections of detailed Lego models that resemble real-world cities and towns. The main sections are Goshen, Las Vegas, Middle America, Midtown, New York City, The Bronx, and the West Coast. This Miniland pays more homage to New York State, including more elements of New York City and its landmarks. Some of the models interact with guests by using buttons, levers, and so on.
- Arrive early before the park opens and head straight to the back of the park to ride The Dragon rollercoaster first in the LEGO Castle area.
- Head over to the LEGO City area and ride the Coast Guard Academy.
- While still in the LEGO City area take advantage of the short lines and drive your very own LEGO car at the Driving School.
- In the LEGO Pirates area ride the Splash Battle ride and Anchors Away! Attractions.
- Skip MINILAND until the end of the day.
- Hop on over to BRICKTOPIA and ride the LEGO Factory adventure ride.
- Then head over to LEGO NINJAGO World and ride the LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
- Towards the end of the day visit, take your time, and the most famous and iconic attraction at LEGOLAND New York, MINILAND.
If you’re looking to see LEGOLAND New York in a day, it’s possible but you’ll need to be well organized and follow the plan stated in the previous steps. Keep in mind that you will be missing a lot of the small details and several other rides and attractions. Therefore, I would suggest spending the night in the LEGOLAND Hotel and spending two days seeing everything at LEGOLAND New York theme park.