Busch Gardens Tampa to build a Sesame Street area

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is expected to open a "Sesame Street" children's attraction in 2010 similar to one that opened in April at the theme park's Williamsburg, Va., location. The theme park filed plans with the city June 12 for demolition work and to build a roller coaster and four buildings.

Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:10 AM
rollergator's avatar

Finally, a kids coaster at BGT....been looking for one since they installed Shamu Express at SWF.

Have to wonder if they'll have the Count feed on the blood of children who cut in line? ;)

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:11 AM

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:12 AM
The Mole's avatar

Can't believe it took the parks this long to move the branding beyond Sesame Place to the rest of the parks. This is huge, positive move for them and can be used as good leverage. Lets hope it's more than just the "Elmo's Magical World" BS and tries to tie it into the rest of the animal adventure park...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:06 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

It often amuses me when adults rate kids attractions as BS...


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:48 PM
The Mole's avatar

ridemcoaster said:
It often amuses me when adults rate kids attractions as BS...

I'm not saying the rides are, I should clarify that them spreading the Elmo's World themeing to every park instead of using each parks unique assets with Sesame Street is BS. Use some creativity!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:04 PM
kpjb's avatar

Normally I'd agree, but kids dig Elmo, and don't give a crap if it's African or European themed. All they care about is the big red furball.

I'm more of a Cookie Monster guy, myself...


Hi

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 1:04 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Do you honestly think a 2-4 year old is more interested in theme or the chance to see Elmo and his friends up close?

I suppose I could see it as theme it up for the adult, but when it gets down to it, when the kid gets to hug this larger than life size Elmo, he/she isnt going to walk away saying the "lack of utilization of park assets really made this BS".

Chances are they are going to want to go back regardless..

I guess its the difference between what an adult sees in a child's attraction an what a child sees in a child's attraction.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:07 PM
The Mole's avatar

ridemcoaster said:
Do you honestly think a 2-4 year old is more interested in theme or the chance to see Elmo and his friends up close?

I suppose I could see it as theme it up for the adult, but when it gets down to it, when the kid gets to hug this larger than life size Elmo, he/she isnt going to walk away saying the "lack of utilization of park assets really made this BS".

Chances are they are going to want to go back regardless..

I guess its the difference between what an adult sees in a child's attraction an what a child sees in a child's attraction.

GAH! Ok, it's not Elmo. Elmo isn't the problem. I'm saying the park isn't doing it's best if it just coppies the same set of attractions and themes park to park. Will the kids care? NO! But isn't it a shame that they can't use the characters and setting to teach kids about animals? What's wrong with asking more out of a park than just the minimum?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:42 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Isnt that what the safari and the various animal exhibits at Tampa are for? Why should they use sesame street to do the same thing?

ok.. next question who defines minimum vs maximum? Is there a special dollar value that defines minimum vs maximum?

Maybe just one more special effect or sign?

Fact of the matter.. Once the child walks in he/shes in their own world, whether its themed like a spaceship or sesame street. I will use BGW as an example as ive done pictures for them. If you ever see a child in there, the last thing they are there for is to learn something. They are playing in water, bouncing on a ride, running to the characters.

I can sort of see where you are going with your thought. You seek more than the last location. But my point is, I just have a hard time calling a kids exhibit a waste (or BS) because its missing some element or sharing some element with a park 830 miles away.

Its truely a flop if the child doesnt want to go there. Besides they say "similar" in the article.. not exact.. Guess we will have to really wait and see just what the similarites and differences are before we can call it anything.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:08 PM
crazy horse's avatar

I wonder if this will have an impact on sesame place park?

I was gonna take my daughter to sesame place, but after going to bge last month, that has changed. I am going to take her to bge instead.

Bge has a great ss themed area and rollercoasters and it costs just as much as sesame place does.


what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:04 PM
rollergator's avatar

I personally was *shocked* to see the ticket prices at Sesame Place. If not for my Busch PP, I can say with certainty there's no way I'd pay over 50 bucks for that place. I am the one who always says "when in the Northeast, dollar values are doubled" - but still, the place was PACKED. For a few water slides, one decent family-style coaster, a couple kiddie rides? Enough to turn an otherwise friendly parent into Oscar the Grouch, LOL...

Clearly Jeff needs to explain the value of IP to Dick K. all over again. :)

...and clearly Busch has a winner...(and hopefully I get a kiddie credit to make up for the ziplines I cannot ride)... ;)

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:06 PM
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