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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Toy Carousel at Mr. Hooper's Emporium

Mr. Hooper's Emporium is the name of a very large gift shop in Sesame Place. It's been in operation since the park opened in 1980.

In addition to having the largest selection of Sesame Street merchandise imaginable, the store has a very unique feature. 

A carousel of plush toys that would slowly travel around the store over the heads of children.

1981 Image from YouTube

The technology seems very similar to the rack that a dry cleaners has that brings the clothes from the front of the store to the back with a push of a button.

2012 Image

The characters rotate around the store and head up a tall skylight over the central cash register.

2012 Image

Today the carousel is still in place and is currently working.

2012 Image

2012 Image

It's good to see it's still there, keeping the store vibrant and lively!


  1. Hello and greetings from Belgrade, Serbia. I'd been hunting for a Prairie Dawn doll for my granddaughter and found you. Can you help me? Are any available? I'm going to Google Hooper's Emporium, but perhaps you know of another place? Thank you.