The only theme park in the U.S. based entirely on Sesame Street, and the first theme park in the world to become a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place unveiled a Neighborhood that’s been reimagined to reflect the vibrant set of the long-running series as it appears today. Sonia Manzano, who portrayed Maria for 44 years, and Alan Muraoka, who joined the cast 20 years ago, opened the new Neighborhood with a special event as part of the larger, year-long Sesame Street 50th Anniversary celebration across 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 honor 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 and general manager of North America media and licensing, Sesame Workshop. “The new Sesame Street Neighborhood 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.”
New interactive character elements and famous spots, including Hooper’s Store, the 123 Stoop, Abby Cadabby’s Garden, and Big Bird’s Nest, are among the new photo opportunities in the neighborhood. The new live show, “Our Street is Sesame Street,” featuring Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Big Bird play several times daily, in addition to other live shows and the popular daily parade.
Additionally, for the first time, guests can meet and take photos with Mr. Snuffleupagus and his best pal Big Bird in Abby’s Paradise Theater. And from Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck, Cookie Monster and Gonger will be on hand to take photos with guests in their chef uniforms.