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04 Feb 2020

World-first Duplo coaster coming to Legoland Windsor in March

An opening date of 14 March 2020 has been announced for the enhanced Duplo Valley area at Merlin Entertainments' Legoland Windsor Resort in the UK, where the world's first Duplo rollercoaster will also debut.

The "colourful toddler wonderland" of Duplo Valley will have a new show and play area for the coming season, alongside the Duplo Dino Coaster, an oval-shaped ride manufactured by Mack Rides designed for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Set amongst palm trees, the dinosaur-themed carriage soars and swoops around supersized Duplo dinosaur models that are 18 times bigger than can be made at home.

Among other new attractions in Duplo Valley are Duplo Playtown, which was formerly Brickville, and a new show at the Duplo Puppet Theatre.

In Playtown, kids can use ropes and slides to scale a new space rocket structure. For those that reach the top of the rocket there is a button that sets off a "3, 2, 1 blast off!" countdown.

The new puppet show, called "The Frog Prince", follows the tale of Princess Money-Plenty, who loses her golden ball in the depths of a murky pond that is ruled by an Evil Toad. Legoland's James Pond comes to the rescue in a story told with a Legoland twist alongside Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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