A new kid-friendly theme park battle seems to be taking shape in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Following the January announcement that Universal would be building a family-focused theme park in Frisco, Texas, Legoland owner Merlin Entertainments has revealed plans for a second Peppa Pig Theme Park in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills.
The new park, scheduled to open sometime in 2024, will be located next to the existing city-owned NRH2O Family Water Park.
“Merlin’s platform and reach continues to grow in the U.S. as we build on the success of the world’s first standalone Peppa Pig Theme Park in Florida. Given the incredible success of our Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, the North Richland Hills community was a natural next step in our expansion and rollout,” Merlin CEO Scott O’Neil said in a press release.
The release didn’t provide any details on the park’s attractions. Unlike its Florida counterpart, which opened in February 2022 as a second gate for Legoland Florida, the Texas Peppa Pig Theme Park will be a standalone attraction. The Florida park features one roller coaster, a boat ride, and several flat rides, as well as multiple play areas and a quick-service dining location.
For Merlin, the expansion would represent the company’s fifth theme park in the U.S., and its third to open this decade, following Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida last year and Legoland New York in 2021.