Sesame Place

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Sesame Place
Sesame Place Logo.svg
Slogan Be a Kid or Be a Kid Again
Location Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates 40°11′09″N 74°52′19″W / 40.185808°N 74.871976°W / 40.185808; -74.871976Coordinates: 40°11′09″N 74°52′19″W / 40.185808°N 74.871976°W / 40.185808; -74.871976
Owner SeaWorld Entertainment
Opened July 30, 1980
Operating season May through December
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Rides
Total 17 dry rides & 10 major water rides
Website Sesame Place Home Page

Sesame Place is a theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania based on the Sesame Street television program. It includes a variety of rides, shows, and water attractions suited to very young children. It is one of 11 parks operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, a division of Blackstone Group.

Overview[edit]

Sesame Place first opened in 1980 near the Oxford Valley Mall and initiated the expansion of the commercial complex in the vicinity. It was designed by Eric McMillan, a Canadian designer, Sandra Hanna of Lambertville, New Jersey, and several other designers. The park is open from late April through Halloween for The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, and A Very Furry Christmas. The original park was 3 acres (1.2 ha) and featured play areas and large computer labs where kids could color their favorite Sesame Street characters. Since then, it has expanded to 14 acres (5.7 ha) with rides and water attractions. The expansions included the construction of Cookie's Monster Land in 2014 - the park's largest renovation to date.

In 2007, it became the first theme park in Pennsylvania to become completely smoke free.[1]

Related parks[edit]

Sesame Place is one of 11 parks operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. Others include SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Discovery Cove, Aquatica Florida, Adventure Island (water park), and Water Country USA.

For about 30 years, Busch Entertainment operated Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. In 2009 and 2010, under the new ownership, kiddie areas in Busch Gardens and Sea World parks were converted to Sesame themes. A second Sesame Place park also existed in Irving, Texas from 1982–1984 (a Walmart Supercenter now sits in its place), closing its doors due to poor attendance and a large number of water parks competing for its business. A third one in Tokyo, Japan was open from 1990 until December 31, 2006. To enter Tokyo Sesame Place everyone needs to take an escalator from the parking lot to the park entrance.

There are also several international Sesame Street themed attractions in Monterrey, Mexico, called Parque Plaza Sesamo (Plaza Sésamo) and in Salou, Spain in the PortAventura park

Attractions[edit]

The Count's Splash Castle

Park Entrance Area[edit]

  • Grover's Vapor Trail - a roller coaster geared toward small children as young as three years of age. A custom Vekoma family roller coaster with several helixes.

Twiddlebug Land[edit]

- an area themed to the Twiddlebug characters. Everything seems oversized here.

  • Sky Splash - a large raft water slide that stands more than 6 stories high, from which one can see the Philadelphia skyline on clear days
  • Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave - a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) wave pool formed from Ernie's wild garden hose.
  • Slimey's Chutes - two spiral tube water slides. Single and double tubes are used.
  • Silly Sand Slides - three giant slides; A large watch, a spoon on a bag of marbles and a dumped bucket of sand.
  • Mix n' Match Twiddle Tracks - a kid-powered railroad for the little ones.

Sesame Island[edit]

  • Big Bird's Rambling River - a slow-moving, 1,000-foot (300 m) waterway winding through Sesame Island.
  • Ernie's Waterworks - a small water play area for the little ones.

Sesame Street[edit]

  • Sunny Day Carousel - A carousel with Sesame Street designed horses. Its location was formerly the home of the famous Big Bird Steps.
  • Sesame Studios -home to Elmo the Musical-Live at Sesame Place!

Splash Castle Area[edit]

  • The Count's Splash Castle - The park's largest attraction opened in the Spring of 2009. This multi-level, water park attraction features over 90 play elements, including a 1000 gallon tipping bucket.
  • Sesame Streak - A pair of tube water slides, one for single riders and the other for double riders.
  • Slippery Slopes - Four short vertical water slides that drop into a three foot pool.

Elmo's World[edit]

  • Peek-A-Bug - riders spin and slide from side to side on the back of a smiling bug.
  • Blast Off - a frog hopper, tower drop ride in which riders travel to Planet Elmo with the furry red monster himself.
  • Cloud Chaser - riders fly around in swings.
  • Flyin' Fish - two people can ride together on the fins of an Elmo fish.

Sliding Land[edit]

  • Snuffy's Slides - two long dry tube slides for kids 12 and under.
  • Bert & Ernie's Slip & Slide - two intertwining body flumes that empty into a splash pool.

Cookie's Monster Land[edit]

  • Captain Cookie's High C's Adventure - Set sail on a high seas adventure with Captain Cookie. Enjoy the rolling waves of the ocean with the speed of the wind!
  • Oscar's Rusty Rotten Rockets - Join Oscar the Grouch and his best pal Slimey as they blast off on their monstrous space mission! Even the grouchiest of grouches will giggle and glide through the straight-aways and around the curves in each trash can rocketship.
  • Honker Dinger Derby - Cruise up & down and all around on the Honker Dinger Derby! Experience the twists and turns in colorful derby cars on this exciting ride designed for monsters 42” and up.
  • Monster Mix-up - Get up, get down and go around and around with everyone’s favorite furry monsters! Move and groove as you spin across the dance floor on this family favorite tea cup ride.
  • Flying Cookie Jars - Spin around in a giant cookie jar 40 feet above the ground for a monster’s eye view of the park. Soar high into the sky while visions of cookies dance in your head. Nom, nom, nom.
  • Monster Clubhouse - Everyone is welcome at the Monster Clubhouse - no secret password necessary! Discover new levels of fun, climbing, and exploring on this 3-story colorful net climb. Kids and parents alike will have a monster of a good time playing together on this fun filled structure.
  • Mini Monster Clubhouse - The Mini Monster Clubhouse is a soft play area designed for kids 5 and under. While bigger kids play in the Monster Clubhouse, mini monsters can jump, climb, crawl and play their way through this colorful toddler play area.
  • 1-2-3 Smile With Me! - Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street Monsters are here to share a laugh and a furry hug. Don’t miss the chance to have your photo taken with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Honker & Dinger and their furry friends.

Former Lands[edit]

Nets Area[edit]

  • Nets & Climbs - hundreds of yards of cargo netting connected by 200 feet (61 m) of suspended net tunnels.
  • Ernie's Bed Bounce - a huge, springy yellow air mattress.
  • Grover's World Twirl - a character-themed teacup ride.
  • Big Bird's Balloon Race - a 40-foot (12 m) high balloon tower ride that affords a view of the park.
  • Cookie Mountain - a tall blue mountain that kids seven and under can attempt to scale on their own.
  • Big Bird's Court - a small playground and Big Bird's Nest, a large padded area with blocks kids 5 and under can build with and run around on.
  • Monster Maze - a small, sand bottom pit with large "monster" bags kids can run around in.

Shows[edit]

  • Neighborhood Street Party - A parade with all costume characters and has special stops during Halloween and Christmas time
  • Elmo the Musical-Live at Sesame Place! - Imagination, math, and music add up in Elmo the Musical—Live at Sesame Place! Join Elmo as it's time to raise the curtain and light the lights, when this brand-new show takes over the Sesame Studio at Sesame Place!
  • Elmo Rocks! - An all new Rock 'n Roll show starring Elmo, other Sesame Street characters, and two out of costume characters.
  • Lets Play together - A show starring the "Sesame Street" characters. This show replaced Abby's Treasure hunt!

Holiday-specific shows: Elmo's Halloween and Elmo's Christmas Show - Elmo talks about the holidays. Countdown to Halloween - An adventure where The Count leaves his castle to YOU! The WSME Radio Show - Halloween is celebrated on an old time radio show Other seasonal shows include 1, 2, 3 Christmas Tree, Elmo's Christmas Wish, and A Sesame Christmas Show.

Former Shows[edit]

  • Elmo's World Live! - An interactive show that encourages audience participation and imagination. It is about 15 minutes long.

Costume characters[edit]

Families can have breakfast with the characters an hour before the rest of the park opens. This isn't included in regular admission price. The entire Sesame Place crew struts down Sesame Street twice a day in the "Neighborhood Street Party" parade. This features all of the Sesame Place characters, large floats, dancers, and music. The characters include:

Discontinued characters:

  • The Honkers (removed in 2005)
  • Hoots the Owl (removed in 2009)
  • Jackman Wolf (removed in 2010)
  • Don Music (removed in 2013)

Parades at Sesame Place[edit]

  • Rock around the Block Parade- 1997-2010
  • Neighborhood Street Party Parade- 2011–present
  • Nighttime Neighborhood Street Party Parade- 2011–present
  • Halloween Neighborhood Street Party Parade- 2011–present (Halloween Season Only)
  • A Very Furry Neighborhood Street Party Parade- 2011–present (Christmas Season Only)

Rock around the Block parade Floats[edit]

1997-2010

  • Juke box with Jackman Wolf
  • Elmo Balloon
  • 25th Anniversary Float (2005 Only)
  • Piano with the Count
  • Snuffy Balloon
  • Birthday Cake float
  • Peacock float with Zoe
  • Trumpet with Ernie and Bert
  • Drums with Elmo
  • Trashcan with Oscar
  • Instruments float
  • Big Bird Balloon

Neighborhood Street Party Parade Floats[edit]

Same floats as Nighttime Neighborhood Street Party Parade, Halloween Neighborhood Street Party Parade, and A Very Furry Neighborhood Street Party Parade 2011–present

  • Sunny Day float with vegetables
  • Swing float with Abby
  • taxi cab
  • Hooper's Store with Ernie and Bert
  • Trashcan with Oscar
  • Seesaw float with Elmo
  • Cookie Jar float with Cookie Monster
  • Castle with the Count
  • Slide float with Murray
  • Float with Dorothy The fish, Baby David and Elmo Balloons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "where Sesame Street comes to life". Sesame Place. Retrieved 2009-09-03. [dead link]

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