Winter Haven, Florida
Merlin Entertainment / Blackstone
Park News - (8/5/22) According to the local news the Peppa Pig Theme Park min-gate was kept closed on Wednesday and possibly Thursday after suffering some damage from a storm that passed through on Tuesday evening. As of this moment, the park’s calendar has it listed to reopen on Friday morning at 9am.
(7/21/22) Legoland Florida is opened a new Space Exploration area on Wednesday called Rocket to the Moon with LEGO City Space. Located inside the Imagination Zone, the new immersive experience allows guests to create their own lunar adventure. Arriving guests to the Lunar Base will watch a mission briefly before going through an airlock and out onto the surface of the moon. “Once on the moon, families can choose between two key missions – to build a rover or create a rocket – and then complete a series of tests to finish the mission. Families can capture the excitement with a zero-gravity photo op giving the illusion they are floating in space.”
(6/27/22) “Celebrate Independence Day during the return of Red, White & BOOM! at LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park! On July 2, 3, and 4, the skies above Lake Eloise will come to life at 9 p.m., with a brand-new firework spectacular, “Touch the Sky”. Complimentary fireworks glasses will be available to transform the vibrant show into bursting LEGO bricks! Before the sun goes down, families can also enjoy patriotic LEGO build activities, all included in general admission.”
(10/19/21) Screamscape has posted a couple of new videos shot at Legoland Florida on Friday, showing off the park’s official 10th Birthday celebration, while the other gives us a walk-around look at the new shaded selection of MiniLand that is now open, as well as another look inside The LEGOLAND Story.
Late 2022 - Pirate River Quest - (7/3/22) Legoland Florida has finally set an opening date for their new Pirate River Quest attraction, it will just be a little later than expected. According to Legoland Florida the park’s newest attraction will not open until Nov. 2, 2022.
(10/17/21) We’ll have look at the Legoland 10th Birthday celebration a little later, but at the event a new attraction was announced for the park, coming in 2022, called the Pirate River Quest.
“Set sail with a rowdy crew of LEGO® pirates on Captain’s orders to explore the murky waters and retrieve the lost treasure, stolen by a troop of mischievous monkeys. Journey through the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens and discover the secrets protecting its canals, as this all-new story unfolds brick by brick into a family-friendly treasure hunt. Adventure awaits you at LEGOLAND® on the Pirate River Quest, coming in 2022.”
Way back in Cypress Gardens days of the property, the park offered boat rides through the garden canals (you can see an old postcard image of the boats here) and it is thought that those old canals that have been unused for years will be brought back to life for the new Pirate River Quest attraction.
2022 - Peppa Pig Theme Park - (2/25/22) Legoland Florida has confirmed that their new expansion gate for the Peppa Pig Theme Park experience, is now officially open! Enjoy this collection of images from the new mini theme park sent to us by Legoland Florida and the Peppa Pig Theme Park.
(12/12/21) A reader sent in a couple of pics of the entrance archway in place outside Legoland Florida for the new Peppa Pig Theme Park to open in 2022.
(10/13/21) According to a statement from Legoland Florida, the new Peppa Pig Theme Park (a second gate) is now officially set to open on February 24, 2022. Advanced ticket sales (and annual pass sales) are now available online here.
The price for a 1-day ticket just into the Peppa Pig Theme Park (and not Legoland) is currently going for $30.99 for the small park with six rides. Well, technically I think it is 5 rides, as one looks like a pedal bike course.
Annual Passes into Peppa Pig Theme Park are being sold for $74.99.
(8/28/21) Enjoy three new pictures of the construction of the Peppa Pig Theme Park sent in by a reader this week. Most of the action is taking place behind a large wall unfortunately, but from what we understand all the rides are in the process of being installed right now.
(8/1/21) A slew of new concept art for the Peppa Pig Theme Park was sent our way, showing off several of the new attractions and play areas, as well as a map of the mini park. We’ve also got new names and descriptions of the play spaces and areas.
Muddy Puddles Splash Pad - Have an oinktastic time with Peppa and George doing their favorite thing: jumping up and down in "muddy puddles!” This lively play area has spouting fountains, slides and other watery surprises to keep the play experiences super fun and splashy!
Fun Fair - Meet Peppa and her friends for a fairground adventure full of free games for the whole family, rides that take you up into the sky and lots of other fun things to try!
George's Fort - What's making that croaking noise? Find out for Granny Pig by finding your way through the maze and exploring George's Fort!
Grandpa Pig's Greenhouse - Discover what Grandpa Pig is growing - could it be something red and squishy? Or green and round? Slide around his greenhouse and find out!
Peppa Pig's Treehouse – Climb into the Treehouse and join Peppa for "high tea" in her not-so-high treehouse, then slide down to the bottom for even more fun!
Rebecca Rabbit's Playground – Get active and find all of the ways to play around the rabbit burrows, as you jump, crawl or hop over to explore Rebecca Rabbit's Playground.
Madame Gazelle's Nature Trail - Discover what has left mysterious footprints on the ground as you explore the nature trail with Madame Gazelle!
Mr. Potato's Showtime Arena - Join Peppa and her family under the canopy at Mr. Potato's stage with live shows packed full of songs, games, snorts, and giggles throughout the day!
The Cinema - Take a break from the sunny fun by watching some of your favorite episodes of Peppa Pig on the big screen in our indoor cinema!
(7/30/21) Legoland Florida has confirmed the list of new attractions that will be in the new Peppa Pig Theme Park, a mini-second gate expansion to be built next to Legoland Florida. The new park will feature six rides, a water play area and six other themed play areas when it opens in 2022. The list of attractions includes:
Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster, Peppa Pig’s Balloon Ride, Grandad Dog’s Pirate Boat Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Adventure, Mr. Bull’s High Striker, Peppa’s Pedal Bike Tour and George’s Tricycle Trail. Follow the link to see more concept art and more details about the aspects of the land, and themed play areas.
One item to share here goes with a separate announcement from Zamperla about their new famly coaster model that features both a lift and a launch. This will be used as Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster.
(7/21/21) While I’m not sure where this was taken, a reader sent in a picture of a new “Pigga Pig Theme Park” sign set up at a facility in Jacksonville, FL. We can only presume this will be shipped off to Legoland Florida in the near future along with any other signage they are working on for the new mini-park.
(2/26/21) In an article that is primarily about the Mr. Potato Head toy being rebranded simply as Potato Head, Hasbro announced that “the first Peppa Pig” theme park will be coming to Legoland Florida in 2022. Much as what was rumored, they say that the Peppa Pig Theme Park will require a separate entry ticket from Legoland Florida to experience the small list of attractions. I have to give credit to OrlandoWeekly’s report from December 2020 that nailed this rumor right on the head, including the separate admission bit.
I’m afraid I’m also going to double-down on my own reaction to this idea from December. I don’t see Peppa Pig as being an attendance driver in the US, especially not one worthy of enticing parents to shell out money to pay for an entire extra ticket to see half a dozen Peppa Pig themed attractions located on the same property as the entire Legoland Florida theme park. Sorry… I just don’t see Peppa Pig being popular enough to have a dedicated park for an IP focused on the Age 2-5 demographic.
Of course I guess the bright side of this is that if it tanks, they can always just drop the gate and attach it as a new land for Legoland Florida instead.
(12/20/20) I’m not sure I buy it entirely, but OrlandoWeekly has posted their own story about the proposed Legoland Florida expansion, along with a theory that the new land could be theme to Peppa Pig.
As I said, I’m not convinced for a number of reasons. For starters, as a parent, my kids have never cared for Peppa Pig, and none of their friends have either. This could be a local market thing, as I’m sure the show has an audience somewhere in the US, just apparently not where I am located. In addition to this, we have family and friends who work in the school systems in both North and South Carolina with elementary school age children, who also reported to me that they really don’t notice any major popularity with the character with the children they interact with once they get outside of the Kindergarten age demographic.
My second line of doubt lines in the fact that as far as I can find, there is no official license agreement with LEGO to have Peppa Pig themed LEGO sets. This is Legoland Florida after all, and you would think that an expansion of the park would have to be themed to the LEGO toys in some way. While Merlin Entertainment, the company that owns the Legoland parks has the rights to put Peppa Pig themed lands inside their theme parks, having no link between LEGO bricks and Peppa Pig would seem to make this concept a no-go.
Of course OrlandoWeekly’s idea is that this expansion could be set up as a stand-alone park experience… a miniature second gate of sorts, making this a mini Peppa Pig stand-alone park instead of a true Legoland Expansion. An interesting idea, but again, land around Legoland Florida is scarce and this would be a poor use of the available property in my opinion that could be put to better use as part of the main park. Instead I would suggest that a stand-alone Peppa Pig attraction like that may find a better audience if built somewhere in Orlando, perhaps near ICON park where Merlin already runs other attractions like the giant wheel, SeaLife aquarium and Madame Tussauds.
I could be wrong about this… I just hope I’m not. Make the jump over to their site to see some really close up views of some of the plans submitted so far that make it possible to make out the style of rides being considered at this time.
(12/17/20) We have a little more information about that planned 4.5 acre expansion in the works for Legoland Florida, thanks to our friends at BlooLoop. They’ve posted an image showing off the overall layout of the expansion site, and even overlaid it onto an aerial image of the park so we can see exactly where it will go and how the six proposed new attractions will be laid out.
These are early plans however, so keep in mind that if you think you recognize what kind of attractions are in the plans, those are always subject to change as they work through the permit and planning process. What is still interesting is the unknown answer as to how guests will access this new land from the main park, as it sits across from a dedicated roadway for busses coming to the park, and since this is Florida the use of an underground tunnel is unlikely, so some kind of bridge may be put to use here perhaps to somehow link it to the rest of the park.
(12/13/20) According to new plans submitted by Legoland Florida, it seems the theme park is planning a new future expansion. According to the early plans submitted the theme park wants to clear 4.5 acres of their current parking lot to expand the theme park for a project called “Legoland Venus” that would feature about five or six new rides, along with a new large building and picnic and play areas.
According to a report at the Orlando Sentinel, it would be linked to the existing Lego Movie World area by a “pedestrian crosswalk across Bus Loop Drive”. Legoland Florida says they aren’t ready to talk about what’s in the works until sometime next year.