Big Bird & Friends to call Universal Studios Singapore home

Southeast Asia’s First Sesame Street® Theme Park Ride to debut in 2012;
Sesame Street Characters take to New York Zone starting this June

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Head on down to Universal Studios Singapore this June and guests will find themselves strolling right down one of the most famous streets in the world – Sesame Street – amongst characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie and others.

Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Parks & Resorts and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, announced today that the longest-running and most beloved children’s television program will be developed into the latest family-oriented theme park experience at Southeast Asia’s first and only movie theme park. This comprises a Sesame Street themed ride, special shows and character breakfast programme.

Park guests take off on an adventure with Elmo in a new indoor ride, to be launched in the second-half of the year within New York, one of the seven theme zones within Universal Studios Singapore. More details on the ride will be released closer to its opening, but families can expect to be happily entertained on this journey with their favourite friends from Sesame Street.

For fans who cannot wait to visit Sesame Street, Universal Studios Singapore will be rolling out brand new Sesame Street shows to coincide with the upcoming June school holidays. A special rise-and-shine breakfast programme will also debut in the third quarter, promising wholesome family fun even before the park opens.

“Sesame Workshop has had a proud history of educating and entertaining children globally since 1969 and in Singapore since 1976,” said Mr H. Melvin Ming, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop.

He added: “At the heart of Resorts World Sentosa’s business is creating a million moments of enjoyment for the whole family at its destination resort and we are thrilled to come together in creating this new, engaging Sesame Street experience within one of the resort’s major family attractions, Universal Studios Singapore.”

Mr Dennis Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Attractions, Resorts World Sentosa said: “Universal Studios Singapore is about bringing fun and excitement to the entire family. This collaboration with Sesame Street will add yet another major attraction, with shows geared for our younger guests, topping off the stellar line-up of blockbuster rides, shows and attractions at the theme park.”

He added: “With its portfolio of loveable characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster whom many generations have grown up with, Sesame Street has captured the attention of the Asian audience for decades, and continues to be enjoyed by children globally. I am confident that the new attraction and shows will bring joy and laughter to children and adults alike.”

Kicking off on 28th May will be a new Sesame Street performance at the steps of the New York Library. The 12-minute stage show, fondly called “When I Grow Up”, features a vast cast of all-time Sesame Street favourites, including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, Grover and Abby Cadabby. Oscar will also join the line-up in “Our Favourite Things”, one of the two street shows; the other titled “Dance with Bert and Ernie”. These characters will also meet and greet park guests daily for close-up photo-opportunities.

Following the launch of the shows, special Sesame Street merchandise – exclusive to the theme park –will also go on sale. Guests can expect three new themed retail outlets, including a Sesame Street School Bus driving into Universal Studios Singapore come July.

Guests yearning for even more Sesame Street can soon satisfy their craving at an exclusive character breakfast with its stars. Dining at Loui’s Pizza, guests can get an up-close and fun dining experience with their Sesame Street friends, while feasting on a premium breakfast buffet spread. The Sesame Street Character Breakfast will be held on selected weekends and holidays from 9:00am to 10.30am. The breakfast is not included in the day-pass to Universal Studios Singapore, and guests will need to reserve their tickets online or purchase their tickets onsite at the park’s ticketing booth.

Today’s announcement of Universal Studios Singapore’s new Sesame Street experience kick starts a series of exciting developments at Singapore’s first integrated resort, as it gears towards its full opening by the end of the year. Over the next few months, Resorts World Sentosa will open its destination spa, by ESPA, followed by a water theme park and aquarium, which will then complete the world’s largest oceanarium – Marine Life Park.

Source = Resorts World Sentosa
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