Ever since I heard about Safari of Fun at BGT, it seemed like another ripoff of BGW’s Forest of Fun. Sure it will have a lot of the same elements, but just looking at these pics, the themeing is way different, and dare I say? A bit more detailed and better. Check it out:
GO ON SAFARI WITH SESAME STREET
IN THE NEWEST ATTRACTION AT BUSCH
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Makes Tampa Park
THE Destination for Family Fun With Safari-Themed Characters
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2010) — This spring, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes families to an all-new, Sesame Street-themed, sunny, funny play land featuring Elmo, Big Bird and all their friends. Sesame Street Safari of Fun will be filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun, shows and memorable adventures that celebrate the spirit of Africa as Sesame Street and Busch Gardens unite to create a signature attraction found nowhere else.
“This new attraction is going to be unlike anything families have encountered before, with unique African-inspired costumes for Elmo, Big Bird and their friends, and exciting adventures for families to share,” says Donnie Mills, Busch Gardens’ executive vice president and general manager. “With the addition of Sesame Street Safari of Fun, Busch Gardens truly has something for all ages, and this new destination in the park is certain to be a hit among families and kids.”
Sesame Street Safari of Fun will provide kid-size rides aplenty to delight kids and kids-at-heart. One highlight is a new junior roller coaster designed for parents and children to ride together. “Air Grover” is full of mini-dives and twisty turns as families soar through the Sahara. “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. “Big Bird’s 123-Smile with Me” photography studio gives kids the chance to share a hug and a smile with Sesame Street friends, and musical performances bring safari tales to life. The new destination for family-friendly adventure is being created where Land of the Dragons exists, and will double the area’s current size to 2.5 acres.
In addition to the rides and play areas, families will also be able to watch their favorite characters on the big screen. “Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination!” will run in the park’s 4-D theater, located in Timbuktu. The fun-filled, 4-D movie brings Sesame Street Muppets’ adventures to life with zany 3-D gags and special effects like wind, water and jump-out-of-your-seat surprises.
I’m sorry the pic of Grover distracted me. That thing looks killer for a kids coaster! Color me Exicted. As the press release says, they are going to replace Pirates 4D with the Sesame Street Counter part. My guess it’s the same one that’s in BGW, but hey, it beats Pirates…right?