Legoland Windsor Resort to close 8th and 9th March
It is being reported that Legoland Windsor Resort will not open this weekend after it received threats and offensive messages regarding a private hire of the park by a Muslim group.
There are, as of writting, no notices on their website, but we suspect that this is down to the park itself doesn't open until 14th March, therefore this will only be effecting hotel guests.
The Muslim Research and Development Foundation states on its website that is strives to articulate Islam in a modern context and address the unique situation and challenges faced by Muslims in the West.
They had hired out the park this coming Sunday a week before the park was due to open for 2014.
LegoLand said that the safety of its guests and staff was its priority. The English Defence League and Casuals United had threatened protests at the park during the event, and a large police presence would have been required.
A UKIP councillor had also joined in the voices asking for the event to be cancelled.
This isnít the first time this has happened, with Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures being booked out in the past. No matter what your views are about the group, have they done anything wrong? The basic answer is no, any group can hire out a Merlin owned theme park at a huge cost, usually paid for by selling tickets to your group.
Companies such as BT have hired out Merlin theme parks before and closed them to the general public on the same basis.
LegoLand have stated:
"Sadly, a private event due to take place on Sunday has had to be cancelled due to threats from right-wing groups made against the resort.
The whole resort, including the hotel, will be closed for the weekend.
We are extremely sorry that we've had to cancel any hotel visits for guests booked in to stay over this weekend.
We wholeheartedly understand families' disappointment that they will be unable to attend and appreciate that due to the dynamic nature of this situation we haven't been able to give them more notification."
Guests booked into the resort for this weekend, including the hotel which will also be closed have been issued refunds.
On the other side of the matter, the Muslim Research and Development Foundation is chaired by Haitham al-Haddad who is reported to be an extremist preacher, something which he denies.