LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Opens Its Doors For The First Time With
Help From Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino,
Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman/CEO Bruce Ratner And Other Officials As
Attraction's Life-size, Lovable Mascot "Bertie" Smashed Through 7' X 10' Wall
Of Colorful LEGO® Bricks During Grand Opening Ceremony At Ridge Hill In
YONKERS, N.Y., March 27, 2013
YONKERS, N.Y., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In celebration of the grand
opening of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester at Ridge Hill in Yonkers,
this morning Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Westchester County Executive Rob
Astorino, Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) Chairman/CEO Bruce Ratner,
Merlin Entertainments executive James Burleigh and other officials were joined
by 13 metro-area schoolchildren wearing yellow hardhats as the attraction's
life-size, lovable mascot "Bertie," smashed through a 7' x 10' wall
constructed of colorful LEGO® bricks, revealing the entrance to a line of
anxious guests waiting to enter.
"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.
The attraction is a fun and educational destination that is also ideal for
groups and school trips, providing teachers with a wide range of hands-on
learning experiences, bringing the worlds of math, science and technology to
life outside the classroom. To purchase tickets and annual passes, or for
more information, visit http://www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/Westchester/.
For group sales call 866-243-0770. Follow us at
www.facebook.com/LDCWestchester and www.twitter.com/LDCWestchester. LEGOLAND
Discovery Center is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group.
SOURCE LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Contact: Gladwyn Lopez, 212-843-9231, firstname.lastname@example.org
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