Sesame Place

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Sesame Place
Sesame place logo.jpg
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
Theme Sesame Street
Owner SeaWorld Entertainment (under a license from Sesame Workshop)
Opened July 30, 1980
Operating season May through December
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Rides
Total 16 dry rides & 9 major water rides
Website Sesame Place Home Page

Sesame Place is a children's theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania based on the Sesame Street television program. It includes a variety of rides, shows, and water attractions suited to young children. It is one of 11 parks owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment with a license from Sesame Workshop (formally known as Children's Television Workshop).

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 early May through Halloween for The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, and December for 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 that is called SésamoAventura

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.
  • Elmo's 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 - pirate ships circle a rising and falling track
  • Oscar's Rusty Rotten Rockets - a whip-like ride, but with hanging garbage can shaped rockets as vehicles
  • Honker Dinger Derby - a twist-like ride
  • Monster Mix-up - a teacup ride
  • Flying Cookie Jars - a 40-foot (12 m) high tower ride that affords a view of the park.
  • Monster Clubhouse - net climbing
  • Mini Monster Clubhouse - play area for smaller children

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.

  • Dragon Experience - An 80's pop live show featuring Ord, Cassie and Zak and Wheezie from Dragon Tales

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:

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)
  • Neighborhood Birthday Party Parade- 2015 (Open til the end of 35th Anniversary Celebration)

Rock around the Block parade Floats[edit]

1997-2010

  • Juke box with Jackman Wolf
  • Elmo Balloon with Baby Bear
  • 25th Anniversary Float (2005 Only)
  • Piano with the Count
  • Snuffy Balloon
  • Birthday Cake float with Cookie Monster
  • Peacock float with Zoe
  • Trumpet with Ernie and Bert and Hoots the Owl
  • Drums with Elmo
  • Trashcan with Oscar
  • Instruments float with Don Music
  • Big Bird Balloon
  • Waking Characters: Big Bird, Prarie Dawn, Telly Monster, Super Grover, Rostia, and Honkers

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 and Barkly
  • Swing float with Abby
  • pedi cab
  • Hooper's Store with Ernie and Bert
  • Trashcan with Oscar
  • Center Playground float with Elmo
  • Cookie Jar float with Cookie Monster
  • Castle with the Count
  • Slide float with Murray
  • Drums with The Doodlebops
  • Elmo's Finally Float with Dorothy The fish, Baby David and Elmo Balloons
  • Walking Characters: Big Bird, Super Grover, Praire Dawn, Pinky Dinky Doo, Zak And Weezie, Cassie, Ord, Emily and Max, Baby Bear, Zoe, and Benny Rabbit

References[edit]

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

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