Sesame celebrates the Grand Opening of Sesame Street Neighborhood

Sesame Place, the only theme park in the US based entirely on Sesame Street and the first theme park in the world to become a Certified Autism Center, celebrated the official grand opening of their all-new Sesame Street Neighborhood.

The space reflects the show’s vibrant set of today, offering a truly authentic experience and making guests feel as though they’ve stepped right onto the street they know so well. The celebration kicked off with a lively performance featuring two stars of the iconic children’s program: 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 honoring Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary with several fun and festive photo spots throughout the park. This season sees the debut of a new live show and the addition of Snuffy and Gonger to cast of characters at Sesame Place.
Cathy Valeriano, Sesame Place Park President, said: ‘It was incredible to see the looks on our guests’ faces as the Neighborhood came to life. 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’.
Scott Chambers, SVP/GM, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, added: ‘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’.

‘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’, he added.

All-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 to capture lifelong memories. 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 and a larger-than-life daily parade that are always guest favorites.
For the first time ever, visitors can also meet and take photos with Mr. Snuffleupagus and his best pal Big Bird in Abby’s Paradise Theater and even Cookie Monster’s trusty cooking companion, Gonger, has joined in on the fun at Sesame Place this season—guests will be able to take photos with Cookie Monster and Gonger in their chef outfits.