ALBANY -- Developers unveiled plans late Tuesday to build a $500 million Legoland theme park in Goshen, Orange County, estimating 10,000 to 20,000 visitors a day and 500 full-time jobs.
Merlin Entertainments PLC, which has built six Legoland resorts around the world, presented its plans to the Goshen Town Board and estimated the 153-acre park could open as early as 2019.
The move to Goshen comes after a deal for the park in Haverstraw, Rockland County, fell apart last October because of community opposition.
“We believe this location, just an hour from New York City and approximately three hours from Boston and Philadelphia, is the absolute perfect site for an entertainment brand as compelling as Legoland," John Ussher, the park's senior divisional director, said in a statement.
The "Legoland New York Resort" would include more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and a 250-room Lego-themed hotel aimed at families with children aged 2 to 12, the company said.
The park estimated it would get between 1.5 million and 2.5 million visitors a year, in line with its two other U.S. resorts -- in California and Florida. Legolands also operate in the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia and Denmark.
The park estimated 500 construction jobs; 500 permanent jobs; 300 part-time jobs and 500 seasonal jobs.
The project, which encompasses 523 acres, is seeking local approvals and state assistance. The park would be off Route 17 near Interstate 84.
The Rockland County site had already secured more than $4 million in state aid through the Hudson Valley Regional Development Council.