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 is 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.
"Only at Busch Gardens can you meet versions of the Sesame Street characters in unique African-inspired costumes and have experiences with them you can't find anywhere else," says Jim Dean, Busch Gardens' executive vice president and general manager. "With this new addition to our park, Busch Gardens really does have something for everyone. We expect to see many more families come to enjoy all that our park has to offer."
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 Watering 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 replaced Land of the Dragons and doubled its size to 2.5 acres.
In addition to the rides and play areas, families can watch their favorite characters on the big screen. Sesame Street presents "Lights, Camera, Imagination!" runs daily in the park's 4-D theater, located in Timbuktu. The movie features Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and other lovable Sesame Street characters trying to save the Sesame Street Film Festival. Their adventures are brought to life with zany 4-D gags and special effects like wind, water and jump-out-of-your-seat surprises.