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SESAME PLACE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF BRINGING OUT THE KID IN ALL OF US

The Nation’s Only Theme Park Based Entirely on the Show Sesame Street Turns 30

Langhorne, PA (July 30, 2010)—Today, Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street, marks its 30th birthday. Sesame Place, which opened on July 30, 1980, was developed to bring the Sesame Street television show and its values to life for children through play. What began as a 3-acre theme park has grown to 14 acres with more than three-dozen interactive activities, including water attractions, whirling rides, an action-packed roller coaster, choreographed stage shows, furry friends and a fun-filled rock ‘n roll themed parade.

“As an employee who has worked at Sesame Place since it opened in 1980, I have seen the positive affect it has had on families who visit the park, our local community and our dedicated employees,” said Park President Robert J. Caruso. “For the last 30 years, Sesame Place has stayed true to its mission to provide parents and children with a place to share in fun, laughter, learning and playing together. We will carry on this mission over the next 30 years, as we continue to evolve our park to meet the needs of our current and future guests. ”

When the concept for Sesame Place was first outlined, the intention was to create a Sesame Street themed park that offered an interactive play experience for children and their families featuring physical play activities. Sesame Place and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, partnered to bring this concept to life.

”For 30 years, Sesame Place has been a wonderful extension of the laughter and learning you’d find on Sesame Street,” said Peter van Roden, Vice President, Themed Entertainment of Sesame Workshop. “Whether you’re looking to meet some of your favorite Sesame Street friends,
catch a musical stage show, or take a fun-filled water ride, Sesame Place is a unique Sesame Street family destination. We congratulate them on this milestone.”

Now, 30 years later Sesame Place continues to be a place that brings out the child in
everyone through its ever expanding offering of rides, water attractions, stage shows
and interactions with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters.

Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki owns and publishes InPark Magazine. Started in 2004, InPark Magazine provides owners and operators the perspective from "in"side the "park." Martin has also written for publications like Sound & Communications, Lighting & Sound America, Attractions Management and others. Martin has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN.com and Folio. Martin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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