Winter Haven, Florida
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Park News - (2/26/21) Legoland Florida to open Separate Admission Peppa Pig Theme Park In 2022 (MORE...)
(2/13/21) Delayed by a year due to the arrival of COVID-19, Wik Wallenda’s appearance at Legoland Florida to walk a high wire over the park finally took place on Friday. According to the story told at the Herald-Tribune, Nik’s 13 minute trip hit a small snag early on when a safety tether device the park asked him to wear became snagged and he had to unclip it to finish the trip across the 500 foot wire, 60 feet in the air.
(1/16/21) Concept art of the huge new shade structure to be installed over Miniland at Legoland Florida can be seen below.
(1/14/21) I briefly mentioned Legoland Florida’s new “Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show” and the PirateFest Weekends coming soon to the park, but now I’ve got the official details.
The park’s first ever PirateFest Weekends will take place starting Feb. 12 through Feb. 28 as Legoland will be taken over by all sorts of Pirate characters at three new LEGO character meet & greets, a new musical show on the LEGO City Stage, special food and the launch of the new Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show also ob Feb. 12.
“Choreographed to an original score of “punk pirate” tunes and a never-before seen, new LEGO® character. Named by LEGOLAND Florida’s social media fans and co-developed with LEGO masterminds, the cunning and fierce female pirate, “Calico Jade,” joins fan-favorite Captain Brickbeard as he whips his crew of new recruits into shape through a series of thrilling stunts on the seas. World-class wakeboarding, barefoot skiing, jump acts and an all-new flyboard act take this high-energy show to heroic heights above the legendary Lake Eloise.”
(1/13/21) Legoland Florida has announced that Nik Wallenda will “walk the plank” at the park on February 12, 2021 by crossing a high-wire nearly 600 feet long across the LEGOLAND Florida Resort to mark the opening of the park’s new Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show & PirateFest Weekends.
In other news Legoland Florida has also announced that they will add a giant new shade structure over the park’s Miniland starting on January 18, 2021.
(12/13/20) Legoland Florida Making Plans For Next Large Expansion Project (MORE...)
2022 - Peppa Pig Theme Park - Confirmed - (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.
If I had to speculate on what it could be, my immediate thoughts go to the Lego Mythica project under construction at Legoland Windsor, set to open in 2021. Lego Mythica is a unique new concept that they haven’t released any major details about, other than to say that it is “a parallel world” where all the LEGO creatures built by children, no matter how big or small, come to life. Just something worth keeping an eye on as a possible inspiration for what could be added to Legoland Florida, though there are also other new rides and concepts under construction for the new Legoland New York park set to open in 2021 that could be cloned in Florida as well.