Busch inks deal with Sesame Workshop
It seems that Busch Entertainment is making even more news this weeks in addition to the announcements of new major attractions in Sea World San Antonio
and Busch Gardens Europe
. The theme park chain has signed a long term deal that will introduce the Sesame Street characters into all of the parks beginning next year. The deal also ensures licensing for Busch-owned Sesame Place, which has operated in Langhorne, PA since 1980.
According to the press release, guests can expect the first wave of Sesame themed attractions to debut in 2008. This move definitely improved Busch's standing in the family theme park business by giving it a recognizable brand for kids attractions. Currently, the Busch parks contain Shamu themed kids areas in the Sea World parks and Land of the Dragons kids areas in the Busch Gardens parks. Most people probably don't see this as a big move, but in the world of branding, Sesame Street is an extremely strong brand for families with children under 5, and Busch Entertainment has made a strong move to attraction families with small children.
Let's hope Busch brings more Kid's attractions to the Gardens!
It is a good move. A kids franchise is one thing that Busch really needed to make good things happen for them. Hopefully they put it to good use.
I'm wondering how Sesame Street characters and attractions will fit into a European-themed park like BGE?????? I'm all for more kid/family-friendly attractions at BGE, but what the heck are they thinking?? I can't imagine an 'Elmo's Land' in BGE...no matter how hard I try. Maybe they'll have the characters speak with a European accent or something...
Now I'm fearing that I'm going to see Big Bird in the middle of France. Maybe they could put him in the Lorikett sanctuary. That might work.
I think Busch's aim is to create attractions and themed areas featuring the Sesame Street Characters. I doubt you'll see these characters in the existing areas. I could see an area like where the Petting Zoo at BGE used to be being turned into a Sesame Street themed area with character appearances and small kids rides. Busch is very careful to keep consistant themeing, which is why you rarely see characters or cast members from one area roaming into another.
There is a rumor that BGT is going to close down the Python sometime soon. That would free up that whole area for some kind of Sesame Street land, but my opinion of it is that they need to fix the bit they have. I dont know about the other parks, but BGT definately has some kids rides scattered throughout the park....I'm thinking more in one area than scattered.
I think it is very exciting. I can't wait to see Big Bird and Oscar endorsing adult beverages
That would explain much about Oscar, I suspect. ;-)
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