Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is welcoming a new set of friends in the spring of 2010. Sesame Street, and its famous characters Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and all of their friends, are part of a new attraction at Busch Gardens known as Sesame Street Safari of Fun. This new attraction will be filled with rides, shows and adventure that celebrate the spirit of Africa.
A new junior roller coaster is planned for Sesame Street Safari of Fun, named “Air Grover.” It features mini-dives and twisty turns in a Sahara themed environment. Other kid-sized rides include “Zoe-Patra & the Hippos of the Nile,” a splashy flume ride through the famed river; “Rosita’s Djembe Fly-Away,” a swing ride that sends kids whirling above the African canopy; “Elmo’s Safari Go-Round,” a tribal-inspired carousel with Elmo and his friends; “Oscar’s Swamp Stomp” provides cool water fun, and “Bert & Ernie’s Water Hole” is a wet adventure filled with bubblers, geysers, jets, dumping buckets and more. A photography studio gives kids the chance to share a hug and a smile with Sesame Street friends, and musical performances bring tales of adventure to life.
The Sesame Street Safari of Fun Busch Gardens will be located where Land of the Dragons is now.
A Sesame Street show is also in the works, and will be known as “Sesame Street presents Lights, Cameras, Imagination!” It will run in the park’s 4-D theater, located in Timbuktu. Visitors will also have the opportunity to dine with Sesame Street characters on select days at an outdoor dining facility.