Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Sesame Street Themed Expansion Revealed for SeaWorld Orlando in 2019

Before even opening up their new for 2018 attraction, the unique Infinity Falls river raft ride, SeaWorld Orlando has already announced a major expansion for its 2019 season.  Known as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando, the total renovation and retheme of Happy Harbor will no doubt delight families.

Taking a queue from the theming in place at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania, the expansion will feature an elaborate real-world version of Sesame Street itself.

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Seen here in concept art, visitors will be able to explore "the iconic neighborhood as they walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s store, stop by Big Bird’s nest, sit on the famous 123 stoop and meet their favorite friends from Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird."

The concept art contains many details that can be seen in the larger version.  In order to fit all these new structures, major work will take place inside Happy Harbor area that will include the removal of several of the existing structures and play areas.

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It seems, however, that most of Happy Harbor's family rides will remain, at least according to plans that were located by Touring Central Florida.  I would expect that they will all be rethemed when Sesame Street opens - in fact if you looks close at the concept art (above) you can see what looks like a rough design for a retheme of Shamu Express into possibly an Oscar's Wacky Taxi theme.

The official release regarding the changes explains that the area will "feature exciting rides, wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences designed to entertain the entire family."

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Finally, a big part of the announcement is that SeaWorld Orlando will feature their first-ever parade when the expansion opens.  The new Sesame Street parade will be led by Elmo and feature all of his friends, parade dancers, music and plenty of fun for all.

Watch for more details on Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando in the coming months - construction work has already started!