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Monday, April 30, 2018

Sesame Place 2018!

This weekend marked the opening of Sesame Place for the 2018 Season. The park looked fantastic. Everything looked new and clean and bright.

The forecourt had a large new planter and the finishing touches were being put on Oscar's Wacky Taxi, the new wooden roller coaster. They were testing the ride throughout the day. Looks really great, and although it is situated over much of the old VIP lot, there are still some great handicapped spaces up close.

Also, the queue looks really beautiful. I can't wait to get photos of that!

Here's the virtual ride:

Inside the park there are new topiaries. I didn't get a chance to look at them closely, but I am pretty sure they are inflatables. They look fantastic.

The park map has been redesigned and now notes all the different sections of the park. "The Count's Court" is a new name for the area where The Count's Splash Castle and the Count themed seasonal rides are. Sesame Island is a name that used to be used in advertising but I hadn't heard used in years.

It's neat to realize that Ernie's Waterworks Splash Area and Abby's Paradise Theater are completely surrounded by Big Bird's Rambling Lazy River:

Sesame Place is now a Certified Autism Center. The very first theme park to be designated as such.

The mailbox in front of Sesame Neighborhood has gotten a paint job. It had always been a standard mail logo, but this is much better:

There is also tons of new merchandise. Here are some of the T-shirts:

Historical note: the hand prints in the forecourt have been removed. Partially due to the new planter and because they are very difficult to keep clean. I was told that there is a desire to have a similar thing return in the future. I don't know exactly when they were installed, but there is a photo in the Sesame Place book of the forecourt in 1997 and it appears they were in place then. The were initially plain grey concrete and were painted years later.

I am planning to dig through all my photos and videos soon to find every detail I can about them for a more detailed post!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Small Mystery Solved

Back in 2012 I wrote a post about this news article:

I was a bit baffled by the image and decided it may be Oscar the Grouch:

Well, I found a better copy of the image and we now know it's a parrot:

The parrot was part of Corey Schmidt's bird show at Sesame Place. Sadly, Corey passed away in 2012. There is a memorial page on Facebook.

In addition to his bird show "Birds of Paradise" at Sesame Place, Corey showcased his his performing birds on cruise ships for many years.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Unofficial Sesame Place Podcast: Episode 107

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Guy Hutchinson discusses A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place. He talks about the new Santa's Workshop, Lightning the Reindeer and the new version of the Sesame Place Furry Express.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Unofficial Sesame Place Podcast: Episode 106

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Guy Hutchinson previews A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place! Guy discusses the new attractions and events for the season and the new walkaround character Lightning the reindeer!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Unofficial Sesame Place Podcast: Episode 105

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Guy Hutchinson previews the Count's Halloween Spooktackular events and shows for 2016. Guy also talks about his Sesame Place book signing on October 1st.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Unofficial Sesame Place Podcast: Episode 104

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Guy Hutchinson plays the full audio from his three panels with Sesame Street actors Bob McGrath and Emilio Delgado from the 2016 Florida Supercon. Bob McGrath made a statement at two of these panels that ended up making the rounds in the media as he announced that he was let go from Sesame Street as were Emilio and Roscoe Orman (Gordon.)
Guy talks about the controversy, plays the audio soundbites and then gives you the full unedited panels.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Unofficial Sesame Place Podcast: Episode 103

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Guy Hutchinson takes is recorder into Sesame Place to give you some in park audio of Super Grover's Vapor Trail and Monster Mix Up. Plus Disney author Bart Scott comes on to chat about the Sesame Place July 4th fireworks show.

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