A New Peppa Pig Theme Park Opens This Weekend in Central Florida

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WINTER HAVEN – Preschoolers may let out a few squeals as the Peppa Pig theme park makes its debut this weekend. The light-up, bouncy attraction was designed for children ages 5 and under.

The attraction, based on a British animated series, offers rides, shows, playgrounds and a playground for children. But he also has an eye on their adults.

The Peppa Pig theme park was created by Merlin Entertainments Group, which also operates nearby attraction Legoland Florida. The two parks are paid separately. Peppa Pig is built in an area that was previously used for Legoland parking.

The official inauguration is Thursday. Here are five things we noted — without scrambling too much — during Wednesday’s preview.

It looks (and sounds) like the TV show

“The whole point of Peppa Pig Theme Park is to be able to step into Peppa’s world,” said Nick Miller, Operations Manager for Legoland Florida Resort and Peppa Pig Theme Park. There’s a statue of Peppa near the entrance, a bunch of primary colors including lots of green grass (and fake grass), hills, duck ponds, and character interaction, both as walks and as statues.

The entire park is Peppa-themed and secluded from the rest of the world, though two Legoland Florida Resort hotels look over that wall.

The attraction is based on the British animated series Peppa Pig. Designed for ages 5 and under, it features rides, shows, play areas and a play area. [ Cartoon Network ]

Upbeat music plays throughout the park, and there are also sounds of birds and British voices all around.

“The same music a child would see when watching the TV show is the same music they are greeted with when they arrive at Peppa Pig Theme Park,” said Rex Jackson, General Manager of Legoland Florida Resort. and the Peppa Pig theme park.

Coaster gets things started

The centerpiece of the park is Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster, which officials say is a good “my first coaster” for youngsters. In the front car is Daddy Pig, who leads the trip around the short track twice. This includes a few hills with a maximum height of about 15 feet, some tight curves and loops.

It wouldn’t be called harrowing, but it might be difficult for some preschoolers. Still, it’s a definite step up from a flat-top mall choo-choo.

The queue for the roller coaster winds through a replica of Peppa’s house. Inside, a kitchenette, family photos, a coat rack, a few chairs and windows that present characters through the magic of video screens. There is also air conditioning. More on that later.

Other rides are more like modified carnival rides, some with height or water elements. A larger splash area has water from all angles as well as lounge chairs for people who want to stay dry.

An adult favorite at a recent media preview: Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Adventure, which places riders on a single rail galloping through dinosaur scenes. Young and old can ride it together, like almost all other Peppa Pig attractions.

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The scenic area has comfort in mind. It is covered in a shade structure above giant pillows for audience members to relax on during character performances.

make the shade

If building a theme park in a parking lot sounds like a hot idea, then you too can be an attractions manager. Summer presents temperature challenges experienced in this part of the country.

“We designed a lot of shade into the overall queue design…to a massive shade structure over a play area and seating area, and a dedicated indoor space where the Peppa cinema is located, where you can take a break from the heat,” Jackson said.

There are also indoor restaurants available and Mr. Fox’s shop, a merchandise area, both with AC.

Miller said he studied the sun’s patterns last summer and used that data for placement that would protect play areas, the performance stage and where employees were likely to be.

“There was a lot of care and attention in designing this for the central Florida climate,” Jackson said.

Memories side

The little souvenir shop offers predictable foods: lunch boxes, dolls, gift shop, toy cars and Peppa’s Ferris wheel.

More unusual: a cosmetic box for children (make your own lipstick prank on a pig), a Peppa Pig version of the board game Chutes and Ladders and training pants.

Will the kids like it?

The main thing is that the children like it?

Kelly Hornick, marketing and communications manager and mother of two preschoolers, thinks the park has the right balance of rides and play areas.

“When you’re talking about preschoolers, ages 5 and under, attention span gets in the way of a lot of things, that’s why Peppa Pig episodes are only five minutes long,” she said.

“What you find in a lot of other parks is one attraction after another. And the kids are tired of standing in line. We also have room for the kids to move around and enjoy everything,” she said.

For tickets or more information, go to PeppaPigThemePark.com

Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

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