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Peppa Pig Theme Park at Legoland Florida is opening soon: Take a sneak peek at the new attraction

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WINTER HAVEN – The rides were all running, live shows were holding dress rehearsals, the water at the splash pad was turned on and hot food items were served at the eatery as Legoland Florida showed off its newest attraction, the Peppa Pig Theme Park, on Wednesday.

The park’s grand opening is Feb. 24, but Legoland gave a sneak peek to media to show what visitors can expect when they arrive. 

The attraction is based on an English television show featuring Peppa Pig, her younger brother George and other family members and friends. Each episode reflects the lives of youngsters, including stories about going to school, visiting relatives and playing. The show first aired in 2004 and is broadcast in more than 180 countries.

“Now, with the Peppa Pig Theme Park, they can see that television show come to life, see the other family members and storylines in the show,” said Rex Jackson, park president and managing director of Peppa Pig Theme Park and Legoland Resorts North America.

Peppa Pig and her brother, George, entertain guests during a media day preview before the Feb. 24 grand opening of Peppa Pig theme park at Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida on Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022. ERNST PETERS/ THE LEDGER

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Rides, shows and more geared toward younger visitors

The park offers rides, live shows and a splash pad geared toward younger visitors, among other offerings for families of preschoolers.  

“Peppa Pig Theme Park really cements our positioning with those preschool kids because that’s who Peppa Pig Theme Park is going to primarily appeal to,” Jacksonsaid. “So it is complementing our overall resort destination to become a true multiday destination.”

Peppa Pig and her brother, George, entertain guests during a media day preview before the Feb. 24 grand opening of Peppa Pig theme park at Legoland in Winter Haven Fl. Wednesday February 16, 2022. ERNST PETERS/ THE LEDGER

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The most popular sample ride by the media was Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster, featuring a red car driven by Peppa’s father in the show.

“The roller coaster is not a roller coaster that you might find at other theme parks,” Jackson said. “It’s been designed to be a child’s first roller coaster experience, but what we did do is give it a heavy layer of theming with Daddy Pig and a character and storyline they know from the Peppa Pig show.”  

The ride has a 36-inch height minimum and guests under 42 inches tall must ride with someone 14 years or older.  

Other rides include Peppa Pig’s balloon ride and Grandad Dog’s pirate boat.

Daddy Pig's Roller Coaster at Peppa Pig Theme Park during a media day preview before the Feb. 24 grand opening of Peppa Pig theme park at Legoland in Winter Haven Fl. Wednesday February 16,  2022.  
ERNST PETERS/ THE LEDGER

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Accessibility for guests

With accessibility in mind, Peppa Pig Theme Park is partnering with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to open as a certified autism center.  

To earn the accreditation, the park conducted staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training and co-developed a sensory guide that reviews every attraction and offers details on how they may affect children with sensory processing issues, according to a press release. 

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A bill that could allow electronic transactions at weed dispensaries nationwide is again make its way through Congress but the SAFE Banking Act might not be the cure-all that supporters envision.

In over a decade of operating cannabis shops in Washington, Shea Hynes never once worried about his stores getting robbed at gun point – until recently: In a span of three weeks, his stores were robbed three different times at gun point.

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