Busch Gardens Europe Announces Sesame Street Addition for 2009
Beginning in spring of 2009, Busch Gardens Europe
is adding a new kids section to the park with the "Sesame Street Village." The new land will stick with the park's European theme and will feature four new rides, including a junior coaster and log flume, in addition to dry and wet play areas, rope climbs, stage shows, retail and food establishments and a new 4-D attraction featuring characters like Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster.
The village will be constructed adjacent to the current England area, thus expanding the current layout and size of the park. Not too surprising this move, considering BEC also operates Sesame Place.
This sounds similar to the "Land of the Dragons" section in Germany (which will not be replaced), but obviously bigger and based on Sesame Street. Will Elmo have an English accent? The press release failed to mention...:) "He he, that tickles mate..."
For the full release check out the BGE site: http://www.buschgardensnews.com/page/pressannouncement
Some questions this raises in my mind:
Does BGE need another children's section?
...reminds me of Hannah Barbera characters in the old Paramount Parks and Looney Tunes at Six Flags...not sure I like seeing characters outside of WDW. That's just me.
Is this a move to bolster the park's value before a new buyer comes along - putting on a fresh wax before she sells? Could be that this has been in the pipe for some time...
Doesn't Sesameplace still exsist? I have no clue if its still around.
BGW has needed more kids attractions to bring in the all important family groups and this has been rumored for a couple of years.
The Sesame Place theme park is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. It's too small for a complete TPI listing, though it's been mentioned in discussions from time to time.
Busch Entertainment announced in 2006 that they were going to bring the Sesame Street Characters to the Sea World and Busch Gardens parks.
I hope they don't ruin England. I don't want to be faced with Big Bird as soon as I enter the park. I'd like to see England remain traditional-looking.
It could be near the entrance of the park. This area will include a junior roller coaster, along with other child related attractions. They said in the last press release that the Globe Theatre at the front of the park will also be taken over by Sesame Street, and they will also have a photo opportunity area. One interesting thing to see will be how now they are taking after Disney in the part of character dining. They said there will be a new character dining experience with the Sesame Street characters as well. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
I have to say that I am surprised at this news, because I expected this project, and any other expansions, to be shelved after the InBev buyout. But overall I cannot be too unhappy about it, because my kids love Sesame Street, and the rides will be something new for them to do. My son is especially excited by the idea of having a coaster similar to Shamu Express (at Sea World) closer to home.
I think you're mixing up parts of India and Egypt.
Actually the music in England at night is upbeat music all from English Bands. I think it is designed to lighten the exit and make it more festive. I love the atmosphere in England at night. The park added more lighting and it is very festive.
That makes sense, Jason. I didn't think of the British band connection. At least I can get my arms around it if there seems to be a point to the change. I figured it had to be something like that...my initial thought was that it may be some kind of advertisement for Water Country, with the 1950-1960's theme. I had noticed the lighting as well, and agree that it makes a more cheerful atmosphere.
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