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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Five rides, seven themed playscapes, a water play area and even more oinktastic experiences have been revealed for the PEPPA PIG Theme Park in North Texas, now under construction. Following the successful launch of the PEPPA PIG Theme Park in Florida in 2022, North Richland Hills will host the second standalone theme park in the United States based on the beloved Hasbro preschool franchise. These attractions will create an unforgettable adventure at the new PEPPA PIG Theme Park, opening in 2024.

Meet Peppa and her friends for a fairground adventure full of free games and rides, including Miss Rabbit’s hot air balloon and Mr. Bull’s High Striker ride which take you up into the sky for a bird’s eye view of the theme park.

As many preschoolers’ first best friend, Peppa encourages kids to explore the world with confidence, treating every first step as a new adventure, from the everyday to the epic. Centrally located in the heart of North Texas, the park will be just a few miles away from the beloved PEPPA PIG World of Play, an indoor attraction which features free roaming play spaces perfectly suited for preschoolers.

Designed to be the ultimate experience for little ones, the new theme park combines interactive rides and themed playgrounds with character shows and an indoor cinema for climate-controlled entertainment. Every corner of the charming new park is crafted with preschoolers in mind, from their first roller coaster rides and fairground games with the whole family, to a pedal path adventure built just for kids, and a colorful splash pad that celebrates “muddy puddles” jumping fun! Through every experience, families will snort, giggle and create their first theme park memories together with Peppa and her friends. 

Families will ride, soar, and set sail together on five new rides:

  • Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster – Take a ride with Daddy Pig in his iconic red car and go on an unexpected adventure when Mr. Bull’s “digging up the road” sends you on a curvy exploration of Daddy Pig’s new shortcut. This family-friendly thrill ride is the perfect first roller coaster for brave little visitors.
  • Peppa Pig’s Balloon Ride – Hold on tight as you soar into the sky and enjoy amazing views of PEPPA PIG Theme Park on this family-friendly aerial carousel ride.
  • Grandad Dog’s Pirate Boat Ride – Anchors away! Sail with Grandad Dog on this family boat ride to find his hidden treasure.
  • Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Adventure – Take a ride on a friendly dinosaur and discover prehistoric surprises around every corner of Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Park. Parents can ride along with their little explorers on this epic dino quest.
  • Mr. Bull’s High Striker – Once the hammer hits the bell on Mr. Bull’s High Striker, your family will bounce up to the sky. Hold on tight and be prepared for a surprise because, after all, what goes up, must come down!

Splash, climb and crawl! The fun keeps coming with water play, games and just-my-size playscapes. 

  • 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, splashy and cool on hot days.
  • Peppa’s Pedal Bike Tour and George’s Tricycle Trail – Little ones will pedal their way through a camping adventure in the woods, through the icy mountains to see the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Smaller cyclists can enjoy George’s shorter pedal path adventure on tricycles built just for them.
  • Fun Fair – Meet Peppa and her friends for a fairground adventure full of free games and rides, including Miss Rabbit’s hot air balloon and Mr. Bull’s High Striker ride which take you up into the sky for a bird’s eye view of the theme park.
  • George’s Fort – Make your way through a maze in Granny Pig’s Garden and discover George’s Fort, just waiting to be explored.
  • 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 Peppa’s not-so-high treehouse, then slide down to the bottom for even more free play fun.
  • Rebecca Rabbit’s Playground – Get active and find all 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 friends 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.

Get up-to-date details and other fun surprises by signing up for PEPPA PIG Theme Park emails here: https://www.peppapigthemepark.com/dallas-ft-worth/. Fans can also find the latest news on Facebook and Instagram.

Oink, oink!


PEPPA PIG is a British preschool animated television series that has been airing for almost 20 years, across nine seasons in over 180 territories as of 2023. The series follows Peppa Pig, a cheeky little piggy who lives with her family – younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – as well as her diverse community of friends. Globally successful, the brand connects with consumers across every touchpoint, from TV to theme parks to retail. As a lifelong friend, Peppa Pig encourages kids to jump in together and explore the world around them, while giving kids the confidence to treat every first step as a new adventure, from the everyday to the epic.

About Hasbro

Hasbro is a leading toy and game company whose mission is to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and exhilaration of play. Hasbro delivers engaging brand experiences for global audiences through toys, consumer products, gaming and entertainment, with a portfolio of iconic brands including MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, Hasbro Gaming, NERF, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH and PEPPA PIG, as well as premier partner brands. Hasbro is guided by our Purpose to create joy and community for all people around the world, one game, one toy, one story at a time. For more than a decade, Hasbro has been consistently recognized for its corporate citizenship, including being named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media, one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the U.S. by the Civic 50. For more information, visit https://corporate.hasbro.com.

© 2023 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates more than 140 attractions, 23 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries spanning four continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its millions of guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its employees.

See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews.

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Crystal Lagoons Expands Public Access Lagoons™ Projects in Texas Through Joint Ventures



HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — Crystal Lagoons, a multinational company that patented the technology that allows building and maintaining turquoise-water lagoons of unlimited size at a very low cost, today announces a pivotal milestone in Texas. By executing a master agreement with the Lagoon Development Company, Crystal Lagoons plans to develop four Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™ developments, slated to open between 2024 and 2026.

This agreement will be implemented through joint ventures between the two companies. Crystal Lagoons, a company founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, will contribute its invaluable intellectual property rights associated with its state-of-the-art technology, owning a percentage of the companies’ shares. Lagoon Development Company will have exclusivity in the Houston market, spanning the entire MSA. Other areas of the United States are also being evaluated for additional projects under the same model.

Lagoon Development Company is formed by renowned real estate developers who already have other successful projects that include the Crystal Lagoons® amenity.  Each of the new facilities will involve an investment of approximately US$50 million.

“The experience of crystalline waters, white sandy beaches, and numerous activities in a PAL™ development is what attracts people from far and wide and what makes it a truly successful destination,” said Uri Man, CEO of The Lagoon Development Company. “This is precisely why we have chosen to partner with Crystal Lagoons.”

“These joint ventures allow us to expand our PAL™ projects into strategic areas, and with them, Crystal Lagoons will total more than 70 projects in different stages of development and negotiation in Texas. Among them are notable successes developments such as Lago Mar, Windsong Ranch, Balmoral, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort San Antonio, and Sunterra”, said Iván Manzur, Senior VP of Sales at Crystal Lagoons US Corp. 

The United States is the world’s main market for Crystal Lagoons, with more than 275 projects in different stages of development or negotiation.  Texas has a significant presence, surpassing Florida, California, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, with multiple projects, including the Crystal Lagoon amenity.

PAL™ projects offer public access for an entrance fee, providing visitors with a delightful experience centered around a large lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology, suitable for swimming and water sports and surrounded by white sand beaches. It will also be covered by hotels, residential areas, retail, restaurants, recreational, and entertainment activities.

About Crystal Lagoons

Crystal Lagoons is a US-based company that has developed a technology allowing crystalline lagoons of unlimited sizes to be built and maintained anywhere at very low costs.

With over 2,500 patents in 160 countries, its sustainable amenities use up to 100 times fewer chemicals and only 2% of the energy required by conventional swimming pools. Bureau Veritas verified the technology’s efficient water use, concluding that a 1-Ha/2.5-ac lagoon utilizes 33 times less water than a golf course and 40% less water than a park of the same size. Crystal Lagoons® amenities can use sea, fresh, and brackish water, which is abundant and has no other use.

About The Lagoon Development Company

The Lagoon Development Company develops, operates, and owns the ticketed access component of large-scale crystalline lagoons for swimming and watersports.  The company contributes to the design, financial feasibility, capitalization, and bottom line profitability of several lagoon-anchored projects in different stages of planning, construction, and operation, including a 2-acre lagoon at Balmoral, the first lagoon to be approved for swimming in the U.S. and a 12-acre lagoon at Lago Mar, the largest in Texas.  The company has four additional lagoons in development in Iowa Colony, Cypress, Magnolia, and Dayton, Texas.  The Lagoon Development company also provides various consulting services for 3rd party land developers. More information is available at LagoonDevelopment.com.

Contact: press@crystal-lagoons.com

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Altitude Trampoline Park Announces Mike Stout as Vice President of Franchise Development

Premier Family-Friendly Entertainment Destination Expands Leadership Team to Strengthen Franchise
Development Operations and Spearhead Growth



DALLAS /PRNewswire/ — Altitude Trampoline Park, the leading family-friendly entertainment franchise, has announced the appointment of Mike Stout as the company’s Vice President of Franchise Development, effective immediately. In this role, Stout will utilize his extensive experience to lead the brand’s franchise recruitment, real estate, and construction initiatives.

“With our former Vice President of Development, Robert Morris, bringing his talents to Altitude’s newest sister brand, The Pickle Pad, we saw the perfect opportunity to bring Mike’s impressive track record and invaluable expertise to the brand. Altitude is nearing 100 locations globally, and we believe Mike’s skills will be instrumental in growing our franchise recruitment initiatives,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Altitude Trampoline Park. “The past several years has consisted of remarkable momentum, and to align with our ongoing development, it is crucial for us to expand our leadership team with industry experts, like Mike. He is a seasoned leader known for delivering strong business results and fostering meaningful connections with franchisees, and we’re eager to bring his strategic vision for growth to Altitude.”

Bringing more than three decades of domestic and international franchising experience, Stout has a history of implementing successful growth strategies. His leadership has played a key role in the opening of over 1,500 units spanning multiple continents and industries. Prior to Altitude, Stout held senior franchise and business development roles with companies including Shipley Do-Nuts, Save-A-Lot Food Stores, Papa John’s, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. An expert in the franchise industry, Stout has led development teams in the areas of growth initiatives, franchise recruitment, site selection, and construction. Stout will bring his expertise to Altitude to assist in refining the brand’s growth strategies as the brand continues to expand worldwide.

“I am honored to join Altitude’s exceptional team and to work closely with the brand’s current and prospective franchisees. 2023 was a pivotal year for Altitude, with 25 deal signings, and we are already gaining notable momentum in 2024 with 12 planned park openings,” said Mike Stout. “Altitude’s business model provides an enticing investment opportunity for franchise candidates, offering safe, family-fun attractions, a diversified mix of revenue streams including its membership program and private event packages, and significant growth potential across the nation. I believe Altitude presents a strong value proposition, and I look forward to working with new franchise candidates who are passionate about being involved in their communities and providing a go-to destination for family-friendly fun.”

Altitude Trampoline Park is owned by Indoor Active Brands, a platform company that focuses on indoor entertainment concepts. Most recently, Indoor Active Brands announced the launch of its latest brand, The Pickle Pad, an indoor pickleball playground featuring a chef-inspired restaurant, bar, and yard games for all ages. Established by NRD Capital, Indoor Active Brands utilizes industry experience in the family entertainment and restaurant industries to support and assist its franchisees.

The brand is actively seeking qualified candidates to help grow its footprint throughout the U.S. in Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, MN, Las Vegas, NV, Denver, CO, among others. To learn more about franchise opportunities and upcoming store openings, contact Kailee Apodaca at kailee@atphq.com or visit www.altitudefranchise.com.

About Altitude Trampoline Park
Altitude Trampoline Park is a premier family-friendly entertainment destination offering cutting-edge attractions and Party Packages to accommodate all of life’s most meaningful celebrations. Altitude is the home for active family fun! The brand offers children’s birthday party packages and special events, providing two hours of unlimited jump time and access to all of Altitude’s attractions, including trampolines, playgrounds, basketball, dodgeball, interactive games and more. Altitude’s successful $10 Endless Jumps Membership program allows children unlimited access to the brand’s attractions for a fixed price, offering a great way for families to stay together and play together all year long. Nearing 100 locations worldwide, Altitude parks are centrally located and easily accessible, making it the convenient, budget friendly choice for families in 2024. More information can be found at altitudetrampolinepark.com.

About Indoor Active Brands
Indoor Active Brands is a platform company focused on owning and operating franchising concepts in the indoor family entertainment industry. Created by NRD Capital, Indoor Active Brands currently consists of Altitude Trampoline Park and The Pickle Pad. Indoor Active Brands leverages years of experience in the family entertainment and restaurant industries to provide unmatched support for its franchisees. For more information about Indoor Active Brands visit www.indooractivebrands.com. 

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Timeless Magic: The Story of a 46-Year-Old Disney Ticket’s Return to the Magic Kingdom

“Discover the enchanting tale of a man who used a 46-year-old Disney ticket to unlock the gates to Magic Kingdom, sparking nostalgia and wonder.”



In a heartwarming tale that could only happen in the realm of Disney magic, Matthew Ables, a TikTok sensation with a massive following, unearthed a nearly 50-year-old ticket to Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando. With over 600,000 followers eagerly watching, Ables shared his incredible discovery in a video that quickly went viral, amassing more than nine million views.

The ticket, dating back to 1978 and originally priced at $8, had been quietly resting in his family home, untouched for decades. Ables, intrigued by its potential, decided to put its validity to the test. Could this aging ticket truly be a golden pass back in time, granting access to the beloved theme park with no expiration date in sight?

Traveling to Orlando to solve the mystery once and for all, Ables nervously presented the vintage ticket to guest relations at the park. As a worker stamped “void” across its aged surface, uncertainty loomed. Yet, in a moment straight out of a fairy tale, the worker returned with a yellow pass, offering Ables entry into the park that has captivated hearts for generations.

Today, gaining admission to the Magic Kingdom Park can cost an adult upwards of $109 for a day of enchantment. Adjusting for inflation, the 1978 ticket’s value would be around $38 in current times. However, Disney’s timeless commitment to magic and wonder shines through, as the company states on its website that all unexpired tickets are honored as a matter of policy.

While Walt Disney World has yet to comment on this extraordinary event, the story of Ables and his vintage ticket serves as a reminder of the enduring allure of Disney magic. In a world where dreams come true and the past merges seamlessly with the present, this tale of nostalgia and serendipity captures the essence of what makes Disney Parks a place where imagination knows no bounds.

Source: Business Insider


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