Sesame Place, the only Sesame Street dedicated theme park in the US, and the first in the world to become a Certified Autism Centre, has opened its new Sesame Street Neighbourhood.
The Sesame Street Neighbourhood at Sesame Place has been built to reflect the show’s contemporary set, offering an authentic experience of the show and making guests feel as though they’ve stepped right onto the iconic Sesame Street.
The celebration kicked off with a lively performance featuring two of the show’s long running stars: Sonia Manzano (who portrayed Maria for 44 years) and Alan Muraoka, who joined the Sesame Street ensemble 20 years ago. The park is also taking part in a season-long celebration honouring Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary with several photo spots throughout the park.
“It was incredible to see the looks on our guests’ faces as the Neighborhood came to life,” said Cathy Valeriano, Sesame Place Park President. “Sesame Street has touched so many lives over the past five decades; it’s an honour to have even a small part in helping to bring that special magic to all those who visit Sesame Place each season.”
“As Sesame Street celebrates its golden anniversary, we’re thrilled to continue working with dedicated partners like Sesame Place who share our commitment to creating engaging and joyful experiences for families,” said Scott Chambers, senior vice president/general manager, North America media and licensing, Sesame Workshop.
“The new Sesame Street Neighbourhood allows children and families to have a closer connection with the Sesame Street characters they love, while helping the Workshop sustain its mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
All-new interactive character elements and famous spots include Hooper’s Store, the 123 Stoop, Abby Cadabby’s Garden, and Big Bird’s Nest. The new live show, “Our Street is Sesame Street,” featuring Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Big Bird can now be seen several times daily, in addition to other live shows.
Visitors can also now meet and take photos with Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird in Abby’s Paradise Theater. Even Cookie Monster’s cooking companion, Gonger, has joined in on the fun at Sesame Place this season.