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Sally Corporation, PortAventura World and Sesame Workshop announce new dark ride

Sally Corporation, the dark ride specialists of Jacksonville, Florida, PortAventura World, one of the largest European family destination resorts, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have announced a new dark ride for 2019.  The new attraction will be the first Sesame Street dark ride in Europe.  The announcement was made at the International Attractions Expo with a life-sized animatronic Big Bird on display, telling guests about the new adventure he and his friends are about to embark on.

Continuing PortAventura’s policy of constant investment and the goal of offering new and exciting experiences to visitors every year, 2019 will feature a new attraction suitable for all family members – a Sesame Street-themed dark ride to be located in SesamoAventura, a dedicated Sesame Street area featuring the iconic characters and where children are centre stage.

“This partnership with the internationally recognised global leader in children’s education and entertainment Sesame Workshop, along with the collaboration with Sally Corporation, as a dark ride specialist will contribute to create an attraction that will be unique experience within the range of the family entertainment offer,” said Fernando Aldecoa, general director of PortAventura World.

“Theme parks are one of the most powerful ways for children and families to engage and connect with their favourite characters.  Our partner PortAventura World, one of the top regional theme park resorts in Europe, has done an amazing job along with Sally Corporation, in capturing the true essence of the Sesame Street brand and creating an immersive experience that brings our characters to life for park guests,” said Ed Wells, Senior Vice President and Head of International Media and Education, Sesame Workshop

The near six-minute long dark ride attraction will be housed in a newly constructed 14,000 square foot building and will feature a 10 minute pre-show and 5:50 minute ride experience.  Detective Grover will guide guests through this interactive adventure, urging them to collect clues that will help solve a mystery happening on Sesame Street.  With numerous animatronic characters, immersive scenery, and interactive gameplay, this mixed media attraction will appeal to guests of all ages.

The new Sesame Street dark ride features:

– Show length over 15 minutes long (10 minute preshow, 5:50 minute ride


— 8 projection screens including :

             *4, projection-mapped screens on dimensional sets with practical target integration.

             *1, ninety-degree curved screen with animatronic and show element synching.

             *2, one hundred eighty-degree curved, fully immersive screens allow guests to fly through  Count’s Castle and dive down into Oscar’s Trash can.

             *1, Hall of Fame scoreboard

— Over 2,000 clues/targets (virtual and practical)

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