Logo by Chris Mercaldo

Monday, October 14, 2013

End of an Era: Sesame Place to demolish virtually all remaining 1980 attractions

The announcement of Cookie's Monster Land (opening in May 2014) means the end of several attractions that have been at Sesame Place since opening day in 1980.

Nets & Climbs:
More often called "the nets" this series of large nets has undergone a few changes over the years, but is one of the most iconic features of the park. A new and smaller net climb will be built called Monster Clubhouse.

Monster Maze:
This opening day attraction is a "maze" of lightweight punching bags in a small sandy area. They will be removed.

Cookie Mountain:
 This was an orange/red color on opening day in 1980. It has since been changed to blue. It is located under the Nets & Climbs and is an attraction where kids can climb up a soft surface.

Ernie's Bed Bounce:
 This attraction looks very similar to how it appeared on opening day. Kids bounce on a large inflatable surface. In 1980, mom and dad could bounce too. The prevalence of bounce houses elsewhere makes this less exotic than it was in 1980 but the attraction is still very popular.

Big Bird's Nest
This was a soft bounce area where kids could play with soft blocks. A new soft play area called Mini Monster Clubhouse will be built.

To understand the history of these attractions take a look at this image:

This is a Google Earth shot of Sesame Place (today) with early 1980s attraction names written on top.

Sesame Place was much, much smaller then. The bottom center attractions evolved over time and whatever remained of them in 2006 was eliminated for Elmo's World. The attractions on the right slowly morphed an evolved over time and have all been replaced.

The four main buildings are all still there. Sesame Studio has had drastic changes and now houses Elmo's World Live. Sesame Food Factory has become a traditional cafeteria called Elmo's Eatery. Mr. Hooper's Emporium still operates, but the Computer Gallery has now become another cafeteria named Cookie Cafe.