SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Park News - (4/6/18) Congratuations to Sesame Place which has become the first amusement park in the world to be officially designated as a "Certified Autism Center". Sesame Place posted a big explanation of what this means and how this was achieved on their official website, which included all new specialized team member training in how to cater to all children, including those with special needs. Follow the link to lean more.
2018 - Oscar's Wacky Taxi - (5/28/18) Happy days... Oscar's Wacky Taxi is now open at Sesame Place and the park has posted the official POV video of the action down below. This includes the funny interruptions to the safety spiels during loading and unloading by Oscar himself. While keeping in mind that this is was designed as a family wooden coaster for smaller children, the speed obtained as it rushes through the course does look really fun and is sure to be a smash hit for Sesame Place.
(5/24/18) Good news from Sesame Place came in today, confirming that Oscar's Wacky Taxi will open this Saturday, May 26th.
(4/14/18) Sesame Place posted a picture on Twitter yesterday showing off the future queue area for the new Oscar's Wacky Taxi coaster, which will be themed as a stroll through Grouch Central Park when finished and the ride opens in "late Spring".
(3/23/18) A fun construction tour of Sesame Place to look at Oscar's Wacky Taxi coaster have been posted to American Amusement Park Museum.
(2/24/18) Sesame Place posted a great photo of their new coaster, Oscar's Wacky Taxi, sitting big and pretty near the entrance to the park. Check it out below.
(12/4/17) Construction on the new coaster at Sesame Place appears to already be taking place at a very rapid pace as the structure for the new ride has already risen high into the sky, as seen in a tweet from the park this weekend. On top of that, while strolling through IAAPA I managed to grab a picture of the fantastic looking lead car for Oscar's Wacky Taxi that you really have got to see. Go ahead, take a long look at it... because it may be Sesame Street themed, but it's also one of the most highly detailed coaster trains that I've ever seen, featuring Oscar at the wheel up front, and even has Slimey, his pet worm, riding on top of his hat. So cute, and so perfect for Sesame Place.
(10/4/17) Just a quick update on Oscar's Wacky Taxi coaster, I'm told that the new coaster will be located where the park's current VIP parking lot is, which should place it just to the left of the park's main entrance.
(9/22/17) Sesame Place has confirmed that the park will be adding a new wooden coaster to the park for 2018 to be called Oscar's Wacky Taxi. The family sized wooden coaster will feature bright yellow taxi cab themed trains, with Oscar the Grouch at the wheel. What kind of surprised me was that this new coaster is not from GCI, despite them creating the InvadR coaster that just opened at the company's Williamsburg theme park. Instead Oscar's Wacky Taxi will be the first wooden coaster in the chain from The Gravity Group, who are known for packing in big thrills into small packages, especially if you have ridden their Wooden Warrior at Quassy. Check out the animated preview of the layout below.
(9/12/17) Sesame Place has posted a teaser for a new ride coming to the park next year on Facebook, with an announcement set to take place on Sept. 20th. Based on the hints mentioning that you'll need to buckle up and hold on tight... which makes it sound like the park may be ready to add an actual thrill ride. Oscar the Grouch is seen near the end and the video description also says that the park's "biggest, grouchiest ride is coming in 2018."
So what could it be? A coaster comes to mind of course, with cars themed like giant trashcans or something, though there are car like aspects to the animation as well, including a car horn beeping and an exhaust trail and engine noise, so maybe it will be some kind of car themed ride then instead? The park already has a kiddie steel coaster, so what else could be coming?
According to a post a Parkfans.net, one possible solution to the mystery could be the building of another GCI wooden coaster. Something small like InvadR that just opened (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), or Heidi the Ride (Plopsaland) or White Lightning (Fun Spot) could possibly fit into the park. Stay tuned.