November 18, 2021 – On February 24, 2022, the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park will open as an Autism Center. At today’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, the new Park revealed its newly built ride vehicle, which offers better accessibility for children in wheelchairs. An accessibility guide for the Park’s six rides, six themed playscapes, and water play area is also in the works.
When the Peppa Pig Theme Park opens in February 2022, small piggies and their families can take a ride in a hot air balloon.
Guests will enjoy the journey in creative hot air balloon-shaped baskets that allow children who use wheelchairs to roll right on without having to transfer. The Merlin Magic Making creative and project delivery team worked together with the ride makers to develop this adaption so more youngsters could enjoy it safely with an adult partner. This is part of a bigger promise by Merlin Entertainments to provide attractions for all guests, regardless of ability.
Aside from this unique ride, the Muddy Puddles Splash Pad is a kid-friendly water play activity. Water play features of various heights will be coordinated for the delight of all guests and abilities. This contains a wheelchair-accessible water hoops tunnel and other interactive splash surprises at varying heights.
On dry ground, explorers and “little piggies” will find more entertaining experiences built with accessibility in mind. Children who use wheelchairs may navigate and experience Peppa’s Pedal Bike Tour’s sensory-rich track without leaving their wheelchair. Its lovely, greenery-covered maze walls have also been plotted according to fulfill ADA criteria. Also, all Fun Fair free game counters are built at accessible heights so that everyone may enjoy them.
When Peppa Pig Theme Park opens on February 24, 2022, it will also be accredited as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. In addition to staff training, IBCCES will collaborate with the Peppa Pig Theme Park to enhance in-park communications. The training covers sensory awareness, environment, communication, physical and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness.
After the park opens, it will be required to train employees regularly to guarantee that they are equipped to deal with all special needs children, including those on the autistic spectrum.
In addition to staff training, IBCCES is reviewing the new Park to create a Sensory Guide. This guide reviews every attraction and explains how each of the five senses may affect a child with sensory processing difficulties. This will build a complete planning tool to help parents and families plan activities that meet their child’s individual needs.
To ensure resort-wide accessibility improvements that further establish the parks as really “designed for kids to take the lead”, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, located just steps away from Peppa Pig Theme Park, has committed to earning this accreditation by February 24, 2022.
Certification will be available for LEGOLAND Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel, and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.
A detailed Accessibility Guide is also being developed for the Peppa Pig Theme Park. This planning tool will help all families understand the different programs and access options available to build the best preschool experience day.